Friday, October 28, 2011

And So The Tale Begins...


I am working on a series of chapter heading illustrations for the book "Beauty" by Robin McKinley. It is a retelling of beauty and the beast. This drawing is for the first chapter.

The Cow, the Bob-a-do, the Camel, and the Moon


The Purple Cow
By Gelett Burgess
I never saw a purple cow.
I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you anyhow
I'd rather see than be one.


Eletelephony
By Laura Elizabeth Richards

Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! no! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I've got it right.)
Howe'er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee—
(I fear I'd better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)


Sally the Camel

Sally the Camel has five humps
Sally the Camel has five humps
Sally the Camel has five humps
So ride, Sally , ride.
Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom!

Sally the Camel has four humps
Sally the Camel has four humps
Sally the Camel has four humps
So ride, Sally , ride.
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

Sally the Camel has three humps
Sally the Camel has three humps
Sally the Camel has three humps
So ride, Sally , ride.
Boom, boom, boom!

Sally the Camel has two humps
Sally the Camel has two humps
Sally the Camel has two humps
So ride, Sally , ride.
Boom, boom!

Sally the Camel has one hump
Sally the Camel has one hump
Sally the Camel has one hump
So ride, Sally , ride. Boom!

Sally the Camel has no humps
Sally the Camel has no humps
Sally the Camel has no humps
Because Sally is a horse, of course!


Mr. Moon, Mr. Moon
 
Mr. Moon, Mr. Moon,
You're out too soon;
The sun is still in the sky.
Go back to bed and cover up your head,
And wait till the day goes by!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Illustrated Once And For All

There are some classic stories that have been so well made that I would never even consider re-illustrating them. In my mind I can't separate the stories from their pictures. I definitely recommend these books:
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, Illustrated by Garth Williams
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Illustrated by Garth Williams
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Illustrated by N. C. Wyeth
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, Illustrated by E.H. Shepard

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carol, Illustrated by John Tenniel
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, Illustrated by Robert Seymour