This article is centred on the illustrations found in Toni Owen-Blue’s novel, Iris, so if you haven’t read the review, and would like to, click here.
Anja Uhren is a German born illustrator who created the artwork for Toni Owen-Blue’s novel, Iris. She is an artist who has taken a lot of inspiration from her travels, always carrying a sketchbook with her, and so has developed a very unique style.
For those of you who don’t know, Iris is a novel which deals with the difficult subject matter of child abuse. As you can see from the gallery above, her colour pallet and angular drawing style is what makes her drawings enhance and aptly pair with Owen-Blue’s novel. They create a very sombre feel to the scenes in the book, even in the parts which should be upbeat, such as the chapter 4 piece where Iris is having an afternoon tea with her friend. The deep blue tones project the sadness which we, as a reader, feel for Iris, and also keep us centred on the disturbing topic. Pairing this with the pinks and reds, we get a sense that she is bruised, possibly from abuse, or she is overworked due to having numerous chores around the house. Having the illustrations in this novel also shows you a progression of the book quickly and clearly, whilst adding to the realism which Owen-Blue creates. The novel is designed so that the reader becomes attached to Iris, and so having these beautiful yet haunting pictures scattered throughout the book only adds to this attachment.
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