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‘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: 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

Residency updates

Some process shots from the artist residency at Spudnik Press…

ink on screen
printing the first color of pages #10 and #3

first color

prints drying

Below is one of the finished printed pages, a small introductory illustration from the story of the Harriet and the Matches

small harriet

Transport (Verkehr) Mini Prints

A set of mini prints I finished for Spudnik Press fundraiser. Each one is a tiny 2.5″ x 4″ two-color screen print.

I have to say, they’re pretty damn cute… transport-themed with German descriptions :)

transport mini prints

das flugzeug

die kutsche

German lessons and drawings

I’ve been trying to teach myself German periodically (“trying” being a very loose term here… more like “wishing”)
Naturally, I’ve managed to grasp very little of anything. Today it dawned on me that I should try and draw some items every day and write their names in German. This will help me learn and is an excuse for a fun drawing exercise.

Here are some night-themed items to start…

lamp

toothbrush

moon