Since I won’t be posting any of my charcoal illustrations here anytime soon, here are some beautiful black and white illustrations from vintage books that belonged (probably) to my grandparents. Enjoy.
These illustrations immediately below are from a book called Droll Stories by Honore de Balzac.The illustrations are by Steele Savage. The book cost Rs.2 when it was bought.
This old edition of Aesops Fables was illustrated by Tenniel who is known for his beautiful illustrations for Alice in Wonderland.
The illustrations below belong to a Kannada Bible. I have no idea who the illustrator of these gorgeous illustrations are.
Lest there be the inevitable comment that contemporary illustrations do not match the quality shown here, I assure you there are plenty of illustrators who draw very well. One has to sift through the noise and hype to find them hidden away drawing like maniacs inside their studios. They won't have websites or Facebook pages. Their presence on the net is minimal. With time if they are lucky, they get placed in the 'Forgotten illustrator section' of 50Watts. Here is one of them >>