The brief: “Research the work of Randolf Caldecott and interpret one piece of text tackled by this illustrator ”
Firstly, who is Caldecott??
Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) transformed the world of children’s books in the Victorian era. Children eagerly awaited the two books illustrated by him, priced at a shilling each, which came out each Christmas for eight years.
By Brian Alderson
The English Picture Book Tradition and Randolph Caldecott
The sixteen picture books that Randolph Caldecott produced between 1878 and 1886 represent a high-point in the Victorian craft of picture-book making and a model for the blending of words and pictures in books for children.
So, Caldercott was an illustrator and illustrated Rhymes, and my job was to chose one paticular rhyme and illustrate it my very own way. Here’s how it went….
To start with I was indecisive regarding which Rhyme to chose but soon found one I just simply couldn’t put down.
‘The House that Jack built’ was one of my ideas, initially I wanted to illustrate different kinds of houses that a young boy name ‘Jack’ would build in the modern world of today. Another idea was ‘hey diddle diddle’ which was the idea I finally settled with. I found my self focusing one the line ‘the cow jumped over the moon’ from the Rhyme and tried to apply my illustrations in a similar way to the above by looking at possible ways a cow could jump over a moon.
It is amazing when you look back over your design process, to see how you started out the illustrations are so different as you get closer to the end of the brief…..