Sunday, February 21, 2016
'Charlemagne the King' illustrations for the State Library of Victoria
In 1996 I was commissioned to illustrate the children's picture book The Greatest Treasure of Charlemagne the King by Nadia Wheatley, which was published by Scholastic Australia in 1997. It received a Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book Award and from memory, my illustrations were also nominated for a CBCA award. Following the book's publication, the drawings were exhibited at the Literature Centre in Fremantle, WA. Since then, aside from a drawing I gifted to Nadia and another to the book's editor, Robin Morrow, the illustrations have languished in a plan cabin drawer at our Melbourne place. They'll soon be liberated to become part of the permanent collection of the State Library of Victoria.
Pictured top is the original cover art and directly below, as it appears on the front and back covers of the book. Click on images to enlarge.