I have a hard enough time concealing my inner-geek here at the revolution, and so it won't come as any great surprise to you that I've managed to weave some of the prevailing Potter-Mania into today's post. Drawer Geeks! is a bunch of professional artists and illustrators who choose a fictional character to re-interpret in their own style every two weeks. Harry Potter is just one of their subjects, but surf on over to check out some of their other projects.

Bringing this back to the classroom, I'm always excited by looking at various interpretations of an idea (there's a whole years worth of lessons in Lars Von Trier's fantastic film, The Five Obstructions, but I'll post about that another day). For example- while we're on the topic of children's books, here's a few interpretations on an illustration of The Mock Turtle's story from Alice in Wonderland.

`Well, there was Mystery,' the Mock Turtle replied, counting off the subjects on his flappers, `--Mystery, ancient and modern, with Seaography: then Drawling--the Drawling-master was an old conger-eel, that used to come once a week: HE taught us Drawling, Stretching, and Fainting in Coils.'

The first is John Tenniel's drawing from 1865, followed by Arthur Rackham's 1907 illustration, and finally a modern illustration done in 2005 by Ken Wong. Its interesting to look at the different perspectives, the different color palettes, and the different compositions- its also interesting to notice some of the similarities.


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