Sunday, May 04, 2008

If pleasure be happiness

Ink and Watercolor

From The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, who is simultaneously the author of some of the most hilarious theater and of the most heartbreakingly beautiful children's stories I've ever read. I have as much of a man-crush on him as ever I have had on anyone.

I could probably die happy if I ever had the chance to illustrate a collection of Wilde's amazing stories, though it may be pointless anymore, considering that the inimitable Michael Hague has already taken his crack at it. Here's some of his lovely illustrations from the version of The Hobbit that I grew up with.

Incidentally, I just discovered that Hague has a graphic novel (!) that was just released a few days ago, so apparently I've got a trip to the bookstore in my near future...