The Big Day Arrives

January 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm 2 comments

Posted by: John Martz
Book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (purchase on Amazon)

This was to be the illustration that finally introduced Mr. Willy Wonka. But a few hours at the drawing table left me unhappy with every likeness I came up with. It has proven to be a difficult task to stay true to the text, and create something original, without also being influenced by Quentin Blake’s illustrations and both Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp. So instead, I decided to draw all the kids again as a warm-up exercise. It’s a bit of a departure, stylistically, from the existing entries. Consider it an appetizer for the next illustration which will indeed introduce Willy Wonka, and perhaps several of his tiny Oompa Loompas.


Entry filed under: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. xxhoneycomb  |  May 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Hmm cool. I like it. Good job. =D

  • 2. Zylia Z. Ramírez  |  August 31, 2014 at 5:43 am

    I’m so glad you are working on pieces for CATCF. After my dissapointment with the recent cover it’s refreshing to see this art. Art that SHOULD have been used for the cover of it’s 50th anniversary. To my little knowledge of how they contact artists, it’s a shame they did not contact you.


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