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Return to Robinson Island: Illustrations

There are many details that go into writing a book. A writer has a vision of what characters look like and how they act. Below are early drawings and sketches of specific scenes in the book as TJ Hoisington envisioned them. These are a few of the final images that were included in Return to Robinson Island.

Ernest Robinson testifying against Captain Charlie

Ernest Robinson testifying against his former Captian - Captain Charlie.

Return to Robinson Island illustration Elizabeth Cole and Sir Montrose

Ernest Robinson saying 'goodbye' to

Elizabeth Cole and Sir Montrose.

Swiss Family Robinson lagoon

Swiss Family Robinson enjoying the majestic blue lagoon on Robinson Island.

Return to Robinson Island ilustration treasure trove

The Robinson sons sumble across treasure.

Return to Robinson Island - Ernest and Captain Charlie fight
Swiss Family Robinson dancing

The entire Swiss Family Robinson, Sir Montrose, and friends in the treehouse living room.

Ernest Robinson and Captain Charlie fighting.

*Illustrations by Stanislaf Plonish .

Creation of Robinson Island

The four images below reflect the four stages of illustrating Robinson Island.

Swiss Family Robinson map wikipedia

Image #1:

This image is taken from the Swiss Family Robinson Wikipedia page. As you can see this image depicts only a small

portion of the island.

Image #3

This hand-drawn image by TJ Hoisington begins to develop the character and specific locations contained in the original Swiss Family Robinson story by

Johann David Wyss.

Image #2

A full image of Robinson Island does not exist, so TJ Hoisington began to piece together and draw the island by hand

as he envisioned it.

Return to Robinson Island map

Image #4

Above is the final illustration of

Robinson Island.

Not Used - Sketches and Drawings

These illustrations were NOT be used.

The Robinson’s establishment, with all its various structures, is called Falconhurst. In Return to Robinson, there are two treehouses that are connected by a rope bridge. Fritz and Jenny Robinson and their children live in the separate tree house that is not shown. Also, these drawings DON'T truly illustrate the enormous and elegant tree houses the Robinsons lived in.


These two pictures depict the arrival of Ernest Robinson and his best friend, John Bennett. Ernest hadn’t been back to the island for a few years, and he brought along his best friend.

Ernest Robinson is sitting in courtroom witness chair in Portsmouth, England, courthouse. The older bound man is Captain Charlie who has been court-marshaled. Captain Charlie was once a highly esteemed Lord of the Realm and Ernest's captain and long mentor.


Captain Charlie is the antagonist and Ernest Robinson protagonist. Captain Charlie, the once highly esteemed Captain, and his first Lieutenant, Ernest Robinson. In 2003, when TJ Hoisington began writing Return to Robinson Island, TJ imagined Ernest looking like actor Jim Caviezel. These pictures didn’t turn out as TJ had imagined.

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