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  1. Grahame Baker-Smith and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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    Today marks 150 years since the first publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale has been reprinted and retold countless times. The original edition was illustrated by John Tenniel, but in the book’s 150 history, many extraordinary illustrators have contributed to its longevity, including Arthur Rackham (1907), Mervyn Peake (1946), Ralph Steadman (1967), Salvador Dalí (1969), Max Ernst (1970), and Anthony Browne (1988).

    Today, Grahame Baker-Smith can add his name to that list. The self-taught illustrator was commissioned by Royal Mail to create a set of ten beautiful stamps to commemorate the first publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In addition to stamps, Royal Mail created pins and a specially struck medal from The Royal Mint. Together with Walker Books, they have also published a concertina book gift edition featuring 3D versions of Grahame’s gorgeous illustrations. You can find all the stamps and gifts sets in the Royal Mail Gift Shop.

    Grahame Baker-Smith’s hard work was shortlisted for the Professional Design cacategory in this year’s The AOI Illustration Awards. If you went to the Somerset House exhibition, you were treated to a sneak peak of the Wonderland stamps. Their bold design and saturated colours stopped you in your tracks and demand you take a closer look.

  2. Manga Mondays ~ Wenqing Yan

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    Wenqing Yan has an unusual mixture of work; from cute and fun, to despair and abstract, I find a lot of her work really captivating. The most interesting illustrations for me are the surreal works, full of imagination and fantasy. There is an excellent interview on The Daily Californian, if you’d like to find out more about her.

    Sidenote: I Googled Wenqing Yan and it was interesting to find an ‘award winning artist’ copying one of her illustrations!

    See Wenqing Yan’s Deviant Art page for more. You’re in good company, she’s had over 8 million page views and counting…

  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – John Tenniel (1820 – 1914)

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    John Tenniel was a London-born English illustrator who’s most notable work includes illustrating classic literary works such as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”. On top of these he was the principal political cartoonist for Punch magazine for over 50 years (undoubtedly a great achievement).

    Any serious illustrator has at some point studied or happened upon the illustrations of John Tenniel’s first publication of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.  A lovely collection of the original woodcuts can be found here.

    They are a great source of inspiration and most definitely needed to be presented here at The Lounge. I find there is something intrinsically nice about these images and when I’m all out of ideas or feel distracted by life’s misfortunes, I spend some time looking at these and they set me  nicely back on course.

  4. The Worlds of Mervyn Peake at the British Library

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    Accomplished playwright, painter, poet and illustrator Mervyn Peake (1911-68) has an exhibition on now at the British Library. It started on the 5th of July, but there’s plenty of time to catch it as it ends on the 18th of September. The British Library recently acquired an archive of Peake’s work, and it’s on show. A big plus for Alice fans; his original drawings for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass can also be seen at the exhibition.