Arthur Rackham

With the upcoming Alice in Wonderland exhibition by the theatre design students I’ve been reminded of a great inspirational figure for illustration – Arthur Rackham

In one of the featurettes on the DVD of Pan’s Labyrinth, and in the commentary track for Hellboy, director Guillermo Del Toro cites Rackham as an influence on the design of “The Faun” of Pan’s Labyrinth. He liked the dark tone of Rackham’s gritty realistic drawings and had decided to incorporate this into the film. In Hellboy, the design of the tree growing out of the altar in the ruined abbey off the coast of Scotland where Hellboy was brought over, is actually referred to as a “Rackham tree” by the director.

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