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Narnia Pictures – The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Narnia – first pictures

The Chronicles of Narnia – The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe.

I’ve been reading CS Lewis’s books to my son. He’s not really that fussed about them, namely because he doesn’t understand any of the words. However, I’ve been enjoying reading them to him; enjoying them enough to want to do my own interpretations of the text with my own illustrations.

I’m not sure how far I’ll get in the grand scheme of things, but as it stands at the moment I’ve got busy with a couple, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll get a few more done. Though to be honest, that’s all yesterdays news as we’ve finished the book and are now a third of the way through The magicians’ nephew.

Edmund’s first encounter –

Edmund meeting the witch.
Edmund meeting the witch.

Edmund is the baddy of the do-gooder children. Here he is meeting the witch for the first time. Everyone draws him eating turkish delight, but I wanted to show him looking all small and meek under¬†her malevolent grandeur. It was suggested that the witch looked a little like Cruella Da Ville from 101 Dalmations, and Mortica Addams. Naturally, as she’s part giant she should tower above everyone else.

Mr Tumnus enters the scene –

 

Lucy meeting Mr. Tumnus
Lucy meeting Mr. Tumnus

Tricky drawing snow. Especially when you’ve painted everything a mix of yellow and brown first as an underpainting in watercolours. Still, it kind of looks like snow on the boughs so that’s a good thing.

Artwork hashtags –

#narnia #mrtumnus #cslewis #witch #snow

Pirate illustration tutorial part two

Pirate illustration part two.

Walking the plank has never been so easy. Stage two of my pirate illustration has undergone its first coating of paint. Notably a mixture of yellow, brown, gold, and several other browns all mixed together and then dabbed in place on the stretched paper than had been doused with a fine spray of water. I was pleased to note that the pencil pigment had, as I’d hoped, stayed embedded in the fibre of the paper. I guess I wouldn’t be writing this now if it hadn’t.

Mixing it up.

Starting with a blob here and a blob there, keeping the paper moist with an occasional additional squirt of the sprayer, then slowly building up the density of colour to gradually show the darker (and lighter) areas and essentially building up a tonal under-painting.

Here’s the result.

Pirate illustration walking the plank underpainting
Part two of my pirate illustration tutorial.

 

Where’s your buccaneers? On my buccin’ head.

The Dinosaur that pooped. Character samples.

Dinosaurs.

A collection of samples for my agent to help secure a job as replacement artist on “The dinosaur that pooped” series of books.

The Dinosaur that pooped. Character samples.
The Dinosaur that pooped. Character samples.
The Dinosaur that pooped. Character samples.
The Dinosaur that pooped. Character samples.
The Dinosaur that pooped. Character samples.
The Dinosaur that pooped. Character samples.
The Dinosaur that pooped. Character samples.
The Dinosaur that pooped. Character samples.
The Dinosaur that pooped. Character samples.
The Dinosaur that pooped. Character samples.
The Dinosaur that pooped. Character samples.
The Dinosaur that pooped. Character samples.