Illustration for The Beginning of the Armadillos, from Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, published in a limited edition of 1,000 copies by The Folio Society, 2012.
Watercolour on Saunders Waterford hot pressed, 140 x 240mm.
Illustration for The Elephant’s Child, in Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, published in a limited edition of 1,000 copies by The Folio Society, 2012. Watercolour on Saunders Waterford hot pressed; 255 x 180mm.
I shared a detail of the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake a little while ago. Here is another of the foreground.
This illustration also accompanied an article by the author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo — who also wrote the introduction to this edition — in the books section of the Saturday Guardian on 5th January, 2013.
They spelt my surname correctly beneath the illustration, but added an extra letter to it at the end of the article.
This is the original drawing which was translated into the limited edition etching for Just So Stories (please visit the link and previous posts for more details about the book).
Sepia ink (drawn with a brush) on Fabriano hot pressed, approximately 130 x 185mm.
The Folio Society’s photograph of the limitation spread. The one thousand etchings were individually signed and numbered.
Thirty hors commerce copies were numbered with Roman numerals, my artist’s copies being among these. I shared a picture of the book last week and promised more photographs. They are on their way!
Hurrah, my artist’s copies of Just So Stories have arrived at last! This is the first time I’ve clapped eyes on the actual book in its completion, and indeed on the illustrations themselves in their final printed form — later than even the earliest customers!
Not, indeed, that I’m complaining, since I was so abominably late with completing all the illustrations. It is only right that the first orders should have been fulfilled first.
Again, please click on the pictures to enlarge (recommended!). I will try to take more in the next few days, but I was just anxious to quickly share these for the moment.
My very dear friend, Hannah, unearthed these drawings of mine which she’d kept from a few years ago. The rabbit was on a postcard (and appears to have endured a little rain, perhaps during its delivery), and the peacock was hastily scribbled on a paper napkin at Kew Gardens.
The rabbit was referenced from a picture taken by another friend of her pet at the time. It was such a good pose that I couldn’t resist drawing it.