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Fairy tale illustration

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Hey everyone,

I have a question, is fairy tale illustration considered to be children's art?


#1 - June 16, 2013, 12:30 PM

Many adults [including this one] enjoy artwork depicting fairy tales, but I would say most people would file it under children's illustration.
#2 - June 16, 2013, 05:36 PM

I draw stuff for chocolates.
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I think the illustration style and selection of the imagery would make it either adult or children's literature. There are many illustrators depicting fairy tales whose style would not be considered child-appropriate. There are just as many doing images that would be good for kidlit.

So, can you illustrate fairy tales in a way that would be considered children's art? Yes. Is ALL fairy tale illustration considered children's art? No.
#3 - June 16, 2013, 08:08 PM
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I agree with Lyon. There's a long history of wonder fairy tale imagery for children- including the golden age illustrators beginning in the late 1800's. It's all about style, presentation and content. Many modern illustrators that fall under the broad definition such as Mike Mignola and Charles Vess go back and forth doing work for both kids and adults.
#4 - June 16, 2013, 08:45 PM


Thanks everyone, I think my question has been answered.

#5 - June 17, 2013, 07:40 AM


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