Tag Archives: fantasy

Illustration for ‘The Monster Gasped, OMG!’

Excited to have my illustration in the just published, “The Monster Gasped, OMG!”, an anthology of children’s authored stories about monsters. I got to illustrate the story “Lonely Boy”, by Beyrali Santiago (age 11), about a time-traveling vampire warewolf boy >:)

Published by 826CHI, an amazing Chicago-based non-profit center helping students with writing and tutoring (an initiative founded by author Dave Eggers).

The Chicago Tribune also published an article about the project.

The Monster Gasped OMG book and illo

Lonely Boy illustration

‘Nutcracker’ illustrations in the Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature

Just received my contributor copies of the Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature!  It is a large, bright anthology of classic children’s stories, adaptated by various contemporary artists and illustrators. Edited by Russ Kick, out now from Seven Stories Press.

Graphic Canon of Children's Literature, cover

Graphic Canon of Children's Literature, book

It was VERY hard to choose which story to adapt, but I finally decided to go with “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. I have always loved the Tchaikovsky ballet, the costumes and the characters. While researching, I learned that the ballet was actually based on the short story by Alexander Dumas, which was actually a re-write of an earlier version by E.T.A Hoffmann, a German writer and composer. The original, written in 1816, is much darker, stranger, and more interesting than the later Dumas version. So of course I had to illustrate the original :)

These began as brush and ink drawings, which were digitally colored for the publication. I later decided to make the images into screen prints. You can see the original handprinted editions on my etsy page

The Battle between Dolls and Mice, detail

The Nutcracker and Doll Kingdom, spread

Seven-Headed Mouse King and The Battle between Dolls and Mice, spread

The Capital

NEW! ‘The Nutcracker’ Screen prints

I’ve been busy in the studio, finishing up a new collection of screen prints.

These four new prints are based on E.T.A Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King”. The illustrations were completed for a graphic anthology of classic children’s stories, coming out in Spring 2015 from Seven Stories Press, New York.

I chose The Nutcracker, because the original story by Hoffmann is actually much darker and weirder than the later, more well-known version by Dumas.

Below is a peek at some of the process. The images are originally drawn in brush & india ink, then screen printed by hand in four ink colors in limited editions.

These are now available for purchase in my etsy shop ~ and make great handmade, holiday gifts too! :)

Check it out here: * The Nutcracker Collection on Etsy *

Nutcracker & The Capital prints
screen pull
first color
The Mouse King
The Seven-Headed Mouse King
The Doll Kingdom
The Doll Kingdom
Doll Kingdom, detail
The Doll Kingdom (detail)
The Nutcracker, printing
printing The Nutcracker, final color

Struwwelpeter on 50watts!

One of my all-time favorite blogs – 50watts – just did a feature post on my Struwwelpeter project!

Click here to see the post

glisic, struwwelpeter, preamble

Huge thanks to 50watts – I am very excited and honored to have the work featured on this incredible blog :)

If you have not checked out the site before, definitely stick around and take a look at all the amazing archives.

Struwwelpeter: larger prints

I decided to make some of the illustrations from Struwwelpeter as individual screen prints.
All prints are limited editions, now available through etsy.

Preamble
Untitled (Preamble), 12.5″ x 18″, screenprint

Fidgety Philip
Fidgety Philip, 11.5″ x 16″, screenprint

Inky Boys
Inky Boys, 11.5″ x 16.5″, screenprint

Struwwelpeter
Struwwelpeter, 11″ x 16″, screenprint

The Seasons, Russian stop-motion animation

This early Russian stop-motion film is one of my favorites – the images were photographed on glass panes that were slowly shifted to create the illusion of movement in space. It is written and directed by Ivan Ivanov-Vano, and co-directed by Yuri Norstein.