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.
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
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 *
The Seven-Headed Mouse King
The Doll Kingdom
The Doll Kingdom (detail)
printing The Nutcracker, final color
Some process shots from the artist residency at Spudnik Press…
printing the first color of pages #10 and #3
Below is one of the finished printed pages, a small introductory illustration from the story of the Harriet and the Matches
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 :)
From the top:
1. a cup of hot coffee
2. a cup of warm tea
3. a glass of cold milk
4. a glass of cold water
I sure hope these are right! Trying to get all those articles and declaratives is no joke.
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…