Saturday, 29 March 2008

IF: Homage to Pooh

A double homage, to the wonderful characters of A.A.Milne and inspiring illustrations of E.H. Shepard from Winnie-the-Pooh.
I wanted to interpret the characters and stories into my own style, but have found myself needing to study them a bit first, so for now I've included essentially a copy of one of Shepard's illustrations (above) and a couple of sketch studies (left). The wonderful thing about Shepard's simple, effective drawings is that you just can't capture the Pooh character making it even more special.
This weeks IF has inspired me to revisit these lovely stories and images, not least because they are loaded with lots of philosophical and zen thoughts too! (see 'Pooh and the Philosophers' by John Tyerman Williams and 'The Tao of Pooh & The Te of Piglet' by Benjamin Hoff).

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Saturday, 22 March 2008

IF: Pet Peeves

I imagine a pet peeve of many children may be to have their favourite toy hung out to dry and worse still, when all their favourites get strung up at once!

As for my own pet peeves (and pet related ones at that...)

Why don't our cats realise from our reaction to mouse body parts in the house that we don't view these as 'presents'?

And will Claude please use the proper cat door instead of expecting us to let him in (and why do we keep letting him in!?)

Friday, 21 March 2008

Flying Hippo!

An older drawing but wanted to include this as it ties in nicely with last weeks IF theme of heavy. This character is certainly heavy but manages to fly pretty well (reminds me of bees and how unlikely their flight is)

Saturday, 15 March 2008

IF: Heavy (or...'is kittys luck in?')

Thought it might be nice to continue the 'kitty & bird' theme from my entry for IFs 'Leap' topic and to have a go at applying a bit of watercolour in this sketch... small steps, I hope to get more confident in this medium.

Saturday, 8 March 2008

IF: Garden

'Rabbits in the veggie garden'
This started out with industrious rabbits tending to their own vegetable patch...but turned out to be some fairly cheeky rabbits stealing them instead. Dig faster bunnies!

Saturday, 1 March 2008

IF: Leap

Baby birds leap from their branches in a brave attempt to learn how to fly. (There may be further leaping to follow once the cat shakes off his surprise!)

Started this little scene on Thursday night, so just had to work it up for this Fridays' theme. I was also determined to add colour (which I find a challenge) and having seen a number of fantastic posts recently that have used colour pencils I thought I would have a go here.