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CDE 141 Illustrations in Children's Literature: Black & White

To accompany the CDE 141 class

Black & White Illustrations

Books illustrated in black & white complements the page on One or Two Color Artwork.  

The techniques go from simple line drawing, like Dav Pilkey in the earliest Captain Underpants books, to the architectural illustrations of David Macaulay (Pyramid, or Cathedral, or Underground), to the achromatic Conte crayon of Chris Van Allsburg (Jumanji, The Mysterious Garden of Abdul Gasazi).

In many older children's books, black & white illustration was used throughout the pages of a book because of the technical limits of the publishing process at the time, and the expense of publishing in color.  Beverly Cleary's work is an example of that. as well as Ernest Shephard, who illustrated A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh books.


David Macauley

Link for the Video above:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSOF-v6l6Y4

Ernest Shepherd

Dav Pilkey

Dav Pilkey Examples

Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van Allsburg

Link to Analysis of Illustrations in Jumanji:  https://www.slideshare.net/Trabolin/jumanji-book-slide