CHARLES KEEPING’S EARLY ILLUSTRATIONS
Charles Keeping’s early illustrations were mostly for books of Myths and Legends, by authors like Rosemary Sutcliffe and Henry Treece. The drawings had tremendous strength and drama. The publishers didn’t like the way they outweighed the type, but that’s the way Charles worked then. The shapes, lines and textures are so rich and confindent. Having left school at 14 years he had very little knowledge of the subject but argued that people probably just wrapped animal skins around themselves, so basically he drew the human form underneath the skins. He was such a master of both human and animal shapes, making any sort of movement that his confidence is very attractive and draws you in to the illustrations.