Boy’s Own Annual 1886

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I found this Boy’s Own Annual, on a charity bookstall, during a holiday in Shropshire last July. It’s a large, heavy book and was crammed full of interesting images. The dilemma here was not what to put into the piece, but more what to leave out.

The Boys Own Annual 1886 - detail 1

I used inks and watercolours on any of the illustrations that were not already coloured, to add depth and to give a more even appearance to the piece.

The Boys Own Annual 1886 - detail 2

The book gave me the opportunity to create interactions between the characters. This is something I particularly enjoy doing as it feels as though the piece starts to take on a life of its own.

The Boys Own Annual 1886

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