I´m about to illustrate an english learning book based on the original version of Sweeney Todd. By reading it I´ve come to the conclusion that the Tim Burton version is like a picnic on a sunny summer day in comparision... very cruel and dark stuff.
There is 48 illustrations to make for the book in just a few months. A very big challenge but also much fun.
Here is an early character sketch of Mr Todd. Very early. Now he looks more like an ogre.