Watercolour, 105 x 148 mm.
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I have been given a very kind feature in this month’s newsletter from Children’s Book Illustration as part of my launch on their website. All of the original artwork I did for The Nutcracker are now available for sale and can be found via the newsletter link or by visiting their website directly.
As you can see in the newsletter, Linda Owen-Lloyd and Harriet Potter were inspired by my numerous crane self-portraits and portraits of friends as animals in my sketchbook that they very kindly asked me to draw their portraits, too, to coincide with the launch.
Linda — who as I’ve learned is a ‘fanatical cyclist’ — is the cycling springer spaniel; and Harriet, who enjoys choral singing, is a blackbird.
‘Se equivocó la paloma,
This was inspired by a song by Carlos Guastavino, which in turn is a setting of the poem, The Dove, by Rafael Alberti, to music. I particularly like this choral performance of it. The drawing isn’t meant to illustrate the poem/song as such, but was more a reflection of my own thoughts which took the opening lines and refrain as inspiration.
Inspired by Ohara Koson. This piece was actually created back in October as part of the Inktober challenge, but which I neglected to post at the time. The original now belongs in the collection of a very kind friend, supporter, and fellow artist (illuminator, sculptor, and jeweler extraordinaire), Sophie Klesen.
Happy New Year!
One of the reactions I often receive from friends, acquaintances, and anyone else who happens to have seen my work in person is a kind of astonishment at the small sizes I often work at, and the extent of the pieces’ intricacy at those scales. In spite of seeing the labeled measurements and being able to view scans in detail on the screen, these aspects don’t seem to be quite appreciable enough until the originals are seen in person. There is also, of course, the usual issue of colours not being quite perfectly replicated in the scans.
I try when possible to take photographs of particularly small pieces such as these art cards — usually with a penny for scale — to hopefully give some measure of what the originals are like.
First watercolour washes.
Detail, nearing completion.
Do you recall this subalpine warbler that I said I would alter? Voilà.
I had originally hoped to post it once I’d finished painting it altogether, but I thought I may as well share this now to keep the blog ticking over, especially as I hadn’t posted in a while.