View Full Version : Once Upon a Time-March-Albert Robida 1848-1926

03-02-2012, 06:31 AM

Our illustrator for March is Albert Robida 1848-1926

Albert Robida was a futuristic French illustrator, etcher, lithographer, caricaturist and novelist. He also illustrated many children's books.
He was editor of La Caricature magazine for 12 years.
Some of the war ships in the animated film "Howl's Moving Castle" are believed to be inspired by his illustrations.



Please enter his fantasy future and copy one of his illustrations...or make up a world of your own. Please post for us to see.




Please continue to also contribute to Anne Anderson if you want to.

03-02-2012, 10:58 AM
Links for Albert Robida:



There are also several yooutube videos. Enjoy!

03-02-2012, 01:08 PM
:wave: these are fabulous,,,,already got some picked out!!!! I just watched Howls Moving Castle again yesterday for the 10th time......i have another one of Annes ready to be posted too,,,,still want to do some more of hers....thanks for these wonderful pics...tyree

03-02-2012, 03:07 PM
Hi, Tyree....I just love "Howl's Moving Castle" and have seen it many times. I had never heard of Albert Robida, but I understand his illustrated books go for a lot of money in auction. His world is fantastic.

Saw "Hugo" last night, and it was wonderful...so much imagination. :heart:

03-02-2012, 07:45 PM
oh, cool - I've see Howl's Moving Castle too. This is a treat! thanks Janet

03-04-2012, 05:07 PM
Janet, thank you so much for this challenge. I was really tired last night but still couldn't resist it. It's been a while I did any pen sketches.

Black gel pen, colored pencil and background is watercolor

Pentalic 70 lbs 5.5 x 8 inh


03-05-2012, 12:41 PM
sandra....thats really wonderful...!!!:wave:

03-05-2012, 06:04 PM
These look great, love them. Never heard of "Howls moving castle", might have to look it up and watch it. These images look like they'll be fun to play with.

Nice job Sandra, and so quick.

On the topic of fantasty illustrators Ralph McQuarrie the guy who did all the original concept art for Star Wars as well as many other movies died on the weekend. I was admiring his work yesterday.

03-05-2012, 11:41 PM
It's impressive that a Japanese animated movie could reach the American public so well. Jacqui, Howl' Moving Castle has this castle that could shape change. Very fun animation.

Star Wars has some of the most incredible alien creatures and space settings!

03-06-2012, 09:26 AM
Nice painting, Sandra. Like the background as well. Please do more.

Jacqui, another animated film by the same people as "Howl" is "Spirited Away".
That's pretty good too. :cool:

03-07-2012, 12:27 PM
i got to see Hugo last nite.....wow....incredible movie.....!!!! tyree

03-08-2012, 08:04 AM
Nice one Sandra -

Tyree - now you got me interested in that movie!

03-10-2012, 01:33 AM
I just found nearly 400 Robida images, mainly drawings here... http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Albert_Robida

He did so many drawings and caricatures of people. I think I want to go back and practice some of those too.

Tyree glad you like Hugo. That is a movie I am really interested in too.

03-10-2012, 10:33 AM
Jacqui, thank you for the link. He has such a wide range of subjects! Nice.

03-10-2012, 08:20 PM
I had a play with this sketch of one of his fantasy air balloons.


I think I might play with adding some colour.

03-11-2012, 05:45 PM
Jacqui, good going there. The dirigible itself looks alive!

I copied a few. Bamboo pen with Chinese ink. Some places has Chinese brush.




This one is ball pen. I am in general very impatient with ball pen and you could tell how sloppy it is.


03-11-2012, 08:00 PM
You really captured the gestures and expressions, great work. I really liked the look of that house too, you did well doesn't look rushed.

03-12-2012, 08:44 AM
Good work, Sandra. Glad you are doing some of his fairy tale illustrations and I love that house. Imagine living in that.

Jacqui, like the loose feel of your sketch and the snooty look on the dirigible.

Here is a quick sketch inspired by what I have seen of his work:


03-13-2012, 12:48 PM
sandra....these sketches just fit your style...wonderful pieces....janet....they look like two little bandits, out on a sunday heist....great illustration.......my piece is coming along sooooooo slow.....:wink2: tyree:wave:

03-14-2012, 08:06 AM
Janet - love the humor in your sketch!

Sandra - enjoy your work alot - love the hand and facial expressions on the "teaparty pair.

Jacqui - that is a great resoursce - thanks for the link

Everyone's drawing have given me a boost this morning. I need this.!!! hope I get follow thru.

Susan - hope you enjoy furthering your piece along......

03-15-2012, 01:21 PM
Robida fashions. Pen and ink and crayola crayons:


03-16-2012, 05:46 PM
fun, fun, fun!!!

03-19-2012, 07:16 AM
jacqui....love this....feel like im floating with it......janet...these outfits are sooo wonderful,,,,can you imagine dressing like this when going out:evil: :lol: .....my apparel consists of bluejeans, flipflops, and rolling stone t-shirt:smug: tyree:clap:

03-22-2012, 08:04 AM
This is a work in progress. It looks rather chaotic right now but my friend June suggested I try using white like Henry Moore's underground drawings (I've posted on of those here) So .....I have some time this morning to fool around with this ......I'll be back...........http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Mar-2012/88676-feast2337.jpg

03-22-2012, 08:07 AM
the Robida and a Henry Moore --well the uploader has gone on a break.....

03-22-2012, 09:25 AM
looks very cool so far

03-22-2012, 12:46 PM
Thanks Jacqui though the proportions are very askew - some in the distance people are too big and some in foreground are too small......

Here's the finish - the color is way off.... the blue and yellow are right but the white hardly shows up AND it is on HOT PINK paper!!!! but you get the gisthttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Mar-2012/88676-fea333339.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Mar-2012/88676-fea222338.jpg

03-22-2012, 02:38 PM
These are wonderful, Robin. Doesn't matter what size your characters are, it all works. :thumbsup:

I love the Underground pictures by Moore and am still trying to figure out how he did the ink, wax, color effect. There is a book on the Underground work, but it's very expensive.

03-22-2012, 04:39 PM
It all comes together so well. So much activity, so many personalities, love all the expressions. Fantastic.

03-23-2012, 12:08 PM
robin...:eek: these figures are delicious!!!! wonderful poses and faces...love it!!! tyree:clap: :clap: :clap:

03-23-2012, 05:48 PM
well, thank you !!! Jacqui, Janet and Susan

03-27-2012, 10:45 PM
hmmmm...i think im going to have to go buy a new printer/scanner tomorrow...its old and decided its tired of me banging on it:smug: here is a pic done with pencil, saturated in blue,,,,it only took two hours to get it on the screen:( i call her "the space chick blowing bubbles".....http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Mar-2012/65063-classical_space_chic.jpg i found this in one of those sites...i guess its a robida...not sure....:lol: tyree

03-28-2012, 12:52 PM
She looks pretty Robida to me. He was a really fun illustrator. Still finding more artists...all around the late 19th or early 20th century...so there will be more to come. :cool:

03-28-2012, 07:22 PM
Susan - she is fresh looking. I love the ponytail. Did YOU add in bubbles?
looks kinda like a female Sherlock.

03-28-2012, 08:20 PM
yeah!!!! i got a new printer/scanner tonight.....took awhile to set up, but hey it was worth it.....thanks for the compliments.....the bubbles were in the original,,,,kinda neat huh......im really enjoying these periods you all are picking.....tyree:wave:

03-31-2012, 07:39 PM
watercolor and inkhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2012/88676-Robida340.jpg

04-01-2012, 07:22 AM
HA! HA! HA!. Just love this one, Robin. Looks like that guy is asleep at the rudder, but the fishy dirigible knows the way. Pretty neat futuristic city too.

Really liked this illustrator and just stumbled upon him. Really imaginative. :heart: