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A world of character: The terrific, illustrative prose of Theodore Key

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Illustrations by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com


Theodore Key (real name Theodore Krynauw) is a freelance children's book and editorial illustrator living and working in Cape Town. Key's witty illustrations are representative of a more traditional school of illustration, particularly children's books, where traditional media and ink on paper have fast become less and less common given a notable shift towards digital production. Whether it's a poodle oblivious to an unidentified flying object hovering just above and over it's head, or an anthropomorphic Cocker Spaniel in a business suit, Key's charming illustrations and visual journals are technically beautiful, unassuming and humorous, almost reminiscent of those of Quentin Blake who fast gained a reputation throughout his creative collaboration with Roald Dahl on much loved classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com


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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com


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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com

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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com


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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com

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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com


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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com


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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com

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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com


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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com


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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.co


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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com


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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com


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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com


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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com

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Illustration by Theodore Key, courtesy of Theodorekey.com


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Article by Roberto Millan