Friday, April 18, 2014

Tik-Tok's First Appearance

Here's a color illustration by John R. Neill from L. Frank Baum's 1907 Oz book Ozma of Oz. We see Dorothy Gale and Billina the Yellow Hen discovering Tik-Tok. The copper, clockwork man had been locked in a cave by the King of Ev. Billina found the key to the lock, Dorothy found the cave, and Tik-Tok was introduced to the world.

Neill had a little trouble with the spatial relationship between Dorothy's wrist and Tik-Tok's forearm, but who cares? The bold color and clear, decisive linework make Neill's illustrations for Ozma of Oz delightful to behold.

No comments:

Post a Comment