Steadman started as a cartoonist and through the years
diversified into many fields of creativity. Steadman
has illustrated such classics as Alice in Wonderland,
Treasure Island and Animal Farm. With writer Hunter
Thompson, he collaborated in the birth of Gonzo journalism,
the definitive book of the genre being Fear and Loathing
in Las Vegas, which was also made into a feature film.
His own books include the lives of Sigmund Freud and
Leonardo da Vinci and The Big I Am (the story of God)
as well as The Grapes of Ralph and Still Life With Bottle.
Steadman is also a printmaker with a series of etchings
on writers from William Shakespeare to William Burroughs.
In 1989 he wrote the libretto for an eco-oratorio called
Plague and the Moonflower which was performed in five
cathedrals in the UK and was the subject of a BBC film
in 1994. Steadman also has an honorary D. Litt from
the University of Kent.