Learning from Mervyn Peake

I’ve been practising my ink work of late by attempting to draw like my favourite illustrators. Mervyn Peake’s illustrations for the Hunting of the Snark are wonderful, and in many ways quite similar to Tenniel’s style.

Peake’s line work is a little looser, and without the prim Victorian aesthetic, as you’d expect. But it’s quite evident that they both love grotesque characters, and the stretching/squashing of human shape and form.

Any way, here’s my attempt at one of my favourite illustrations of his.

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