Tony Ross, 'The ogre didn't have many visitors on account of his bad temper

Tony Ross, 'The ogre didn't have many visitors on account of his bad temper

Tony Ross
'The ogre didn't have many visitors on account of his bad temper, and he blinked at the cat in yellow boots peeping through his door'
1981
Illustration for 'Puss in Boots, the Story of a Sneaky Cat', by Tony Ross (London: Andersen Press, 1981)
Museum no. E.290-1982
© Andersen Press Ltd

This illustration for Puss in Boots, the Story of a Sneaky Cat, published in 1981, is typical of Tony Ross's style. A well-known illustrator of children's books, he has produced over 50 books since 1976. He combines humour with a lively use of line and colour. Although there is a strong sense of colour in his work, line is the most important element and he judges the quality of his work from its ability to hold its own as a black and white line drawing: 'if it doesn't work in line it's no good. To me colour always comes second'. He used the same pen for 20 years because its bluntness produced the scratchy finish he sought. His work has an international appeal and has been adapted for television animations, his best known characters being Dr Xargle and Towser.

This image can be found in Print Room Box 1.