I recently entered these two illustrations in the Brontë Society Creative Competition – had I got myself into gear earlier I may have entered more, but this was the minimum (2-4 illustrations), and you know that I like a deadline!!
I chose Jane Eyre to illustrate as it really is my favourite Brontë novel of those I have read, I think it is wildly romantic in a kind of buttoned-down, early Victorian way, Jane’s true passionate self bursting through after years of suppression at Lowood. It has it all, including the superb Mr Rochester. And she draws!
I’ll carry on with this as I have a few more illustrations started (but not come to fruition, well not sufficiently to submit) but here goes – my idea was not to include Jane in the images and to show them from her perspective, as she narrates the story of course – so she would only be seen in a mirror: