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Book Page Illustrations

Back when I was at University studying art I became interested in Japanese prints.  What I most liked about them was the use of text along with the illustration.  I started playing around with this idea a lot and then decided to incorporate full book pages as my canvas rather than just random text.


Being an avid reader and having worked both in bookstores and libraries for the past 16 years, I wanted to incorporate my love for books along with my illustrations.  My main goal was to capture a scene specific to the particular page I chose to illustrate.  It’s something that I’ve grown to enjoy over the years and I’m trying to develop the idea for future works.  I hope it’s something that people can identify with and enjoy as well.


Chad Thorson

Here are some examples of my work:

Gandalf confronting the Balrog on the bridge of Khazad – Dum

Aragorn brings the Hobbits to the tower ruins of Amon Hen, Weathertop

Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe on the title page of his Complete Stories and Poems

Sherlock Holmes

The Fall of the House of Usher

Tralfamadorians from Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse – Five”


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