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    Holly Mills: Completely Unexpected Tales

Illustration: Holly Mills illustrates Roald Dahl's tales with perfect menace

Posted by Liv Siddall,

Anyone who’s read Roald Dahl’s magnificently creepy short stories that almost always end with a twist like a knife in the back, will remember almost everyone at art school trying to illustrate them at some time or another. The imagery in the books is so real and haunts you for such a ludicrous amount of time that the challenge of illustrating it is hard to resist. Not many people can pull of the necessary style to illustrate such vivid, dark humour, but Holly Mills can. Her frantic brushwork, cramped speech-boxes and dreamlike watercolours make for an almost perfect style with which to illustrate these classic tales. Check out her recent work for Secret 7" and Limner journal too, what a corker.

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    Holly Mills: Limner Journal

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Posted by Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our editors. She oversees itsnicethat.com and has a particular interest in illustration, photography and music videos. She also runs our London listings site This At There, and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.