Many literary authors are good at realizing the world they see in their imagination by writing them into a book. Not all successfully published authors will go beyond writing their masterpiece though. On the other hand, there are a few who illustrate their own work. Here are ten of the bestselling literary authors nowadays that find it easy to illustrate their own work themselves.

#1. J.R.R Tolkien

One of the authors who had illustrated their own work is J.R.R Tolkien. He is the one who drew the maps as well as the illustrations for his masterpieces The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

#2. Alasdair Gray

If it is the art with a typographical touch to it, then Alasdair Gray is the literary author who is talented at this. He takes advantage of images and artifacts to create an intricate visual art for his works, especially Lanark.

#3. Evelyn Waugh

Right from the get-go, Evelyn Waugh set herself up as a literary author who knows how to create illustrations. She published her first novel with her very own set of illustrations.

#4. Günter Grass

As a Nobel Prize winner, Günter Grass is a well-known literary giant. Aside from being a great writer, he is also known for providing the illustrations and covers of his published works.

#5. Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac is considered to be a gutsy author. Upon submitting his works to a potential publisher, he included a mock cover of his novel. He had that much confidence that his book will be published.

#6. Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is also the kind of author who is prefers doodling the illustrations for his book. One of his illustrations is the locket worn by Montana Wildhack in his very own novel entitled Slaughterhouse Five. He is known for his clever and sometimes offensive caricatures.

#7. Rudyard Kipling

Coming from a family of artists, it is no wonder that Rudyard Kipling also shows talent in the visual arts. His drawings graced his children’s book entitled Just So Stories. Aside from creating the illustration for his children’s book, he also created an illustration for his short story of the macabre genre entitled The City of Dreadful Night.

#8. T.S. Eliot

Although he only designed the cover of the first edition of his book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, he is still considered to be one who illustrates his own book. He drew a very simple blip, which eventually become a charming part of the novel.

#9. William Blake

Being an author does not limit the creativity of William Blake into writing. He is also an illustrator who is known for his “illuminated” novels. He is the maverick that shed light to visual art. His most famous book illustration is the Ancient of Days.

#10. William Makepeace Thackery

William Makepeace Thackery is the last but not the least in the list of successfully published authors who illustrate their own work. His novel entitled Vanity Fair contains his very own illustration. He provided a whole bunch of other illustrations for his many other novels too.