John Pickup wrote:I have also been to several locations mentioned in Malcolm Saville's books and they have been nothing like I imagined.
Hmm, quite the opposite for me. I visited Witchend, Ingles' Farm and Hatchholt last year, and they enhanced my imaginary places ideally. The Long Mynd, Devil's Chair and Stiperstones were also as I had expected. I really felt as though I was in Lone Pine territory.
Julie wrote: Personally I prefer Soper. Her illustrations have more depth and more thought going into her work. The other illustrator's work has no depth.
Oh, me too. Of course, it is all down to one's personal preferences, but to me, there is no comparison. Maxey's George didn't look at all how I imagined george to look, but then, my imagination of how George looks is down to reading the original books back in the 50s!
In the other persons work there is no reflections at all. It's just what I would call a rough sketch drawn in haste.
Yes, I see it as a sketch and not a true illustration. I look at Soper's Kirrin Island, and I feel as though I am really looking at it.
Of course, my feelings/opinions are heavily influenced by my 'first' illustrator, Eileen Soper - everyone else is just copying! I was fortunate to read my Blytons' in the original books, and didn't have to rely on Armada paperbacks and other later editions, many with updated text and illustrations. I can, however, quite understand how people reading books with Maxey's work can see merit in her drawings.