Illustration

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Story of doomed war artist Eric Ravilious told in new film
The official combat painter died in 1942 when his plane went down. Now his inspiring life story is the subject of a major documentary

Richard Brooks

19, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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The Faber/Observer/Comica graphic short story prize 2022 – enter now!
The annual award for aspiring cartoonists offers the chance to be published in the Observer and win £1,000, with past winners going on to land film and book deals

Rachel Cooke

19, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Danica Novgorodoff wins Kate Greenaway medal for graphic novel Long Way Down
Judges praise ‘incredible’ version of Jason Reynolds’ novel while Katya Balen wins the Carnegie medal for her ‘evocative’ second book October, October

Sarah Shaffi

16, Jun, 2022 @12:15 PM

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Tony Ross: ‘I wasn’t at all like Horrid Henry when I was a boy’
The author and illustrator, 83, tells Donna Ferguson about working with Roald Dahl, his three happy marriages, feeling sorry for optimists and being brought up in the Blitz

Donna Ferguson

21, May, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Harry Potter and the missing sketches: JK Rowling’s first drawings of boy wizard
Author’s original drawings for her first Hogwarts novel to appear in print – alongside the return of a mysterious wizard

Vanessa Thorpe

14, May, 2022 @12:59 PM

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Robert Gillmor obituary
Artist behind the RSPB’s logo whose vivid illustrations of birds graced the covers of the Collins New Naturalist book series

Stephen Moss

12, May, 2022 @4:44 PM

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‘Grandfather of Goth’: fans campaign for US stamp honoring Edward Gorey
Gorey’s ‘sinister whimsy’ has influenced other oddball creatives including Lemony Snicket and Tim Burton

Alice Hutton

01, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Doomed duck and arts cuts among themes of young cartoonists of year
Winners chosen from over 150 entries to awards run by Cartoon Museum and British Cartoonists’ Association

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

12, Apr, 2022 @4:22 PM

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David McKee obituary
Creator of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and Mr Benn, who wrote and illustrated children’s classics

Julia Eccleshare

08, Apr, 2022 @3:56 PM

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Artist George Butler: ‘I draw what happens at the fringes of atrocity’
As millions fled the conflict in Ukraine, the reportage illustrator felt compelled to travel there. He​ explains why he wants to depict the human cost of war

Lisa O'Kelly

26, Mar, 2022 @5:00 PM

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An evil bear, a tinpot Churchill, a vile virus… My sketch show for our times
The Tories won by a landslide, Brexit got done, Covid loomed… and the Observer cartoonist Chris Riddell picked up his pen. Here he tells of his daily ritual

Chris Riddell

20, Mar, 2022 @11:15 AM

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How Shirley Hughes explored the dramas of children’s lives in a changing world
The author and illustrator behind the Alfie and Dogger series thrilled parents and grandparents as well as the young, writes former children’s laureate Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

05, Mar, 2022 @5:00 PM

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