View Full Version : Once upon a time- Kate Greenaway- July 09

06-28-2009, 06:11 AM
I thought I'd make an early start on the children's book project for July 09.

Our illustrator this month is Kate Greenaway. So we switch from animals (of Beatrix Potter) to people, mainly children (of Kate Greenaway).

I'm sure most of you will already be familiar with this illustrator.

Please add any good links to her and her work when you find them.

Here's some info from wikipedia:

"Kate Greenaway" children, all of them little girls and boys too young to be put in trousers, according to the conventions of the time, were dressed in her own versions of late eighteenth century and Regency fashions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1795-1820_in_fashion): smock-frocks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smock-frock) and skeleton suits (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skeleton_suit) for boys, high-waisted pinafores and dresses with mobcaps and straw bonnets (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnet_(headgear)) for girls. The influence of children's clothes in portraits by British painter John Hoppner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hoppner) (1758-1810) may have provided her some inspiration. Liberty's of London (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_(department_store)) adapted Kate Greenaway's drawings as designs for actual children's clothes. A full generation of mothers in the liberal-minded "artistic" British circles who called themselves "The Souls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Souls)" and embraced the Arts and Crafts movement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arts_and_Crafts_movement) dressed their daughters in Kate Greenaway pantaloons and bonnets in the 1880s and '90s.

A couple of pix next.


06-28-2009, 06:13 AM

A photo of Kate Greenaway.


06-28-2009, 06:14 AM


This is a fan site which is really good as it gives the illustrations in their context, i.e., words to go with the pictures!!


This is a great site for info on illustrators.


06-28-2009, 06:17 AM
OK...nearly forgot. What do we do for this project?

1. copy some of Kate's illustrations
2. do your own Greenaway-type style to illustrate a poem for children
3. illustrate one of her poems in your own style.

or anything else -inspired by Kate's work- which you wish to do.

Have fun creating and post the results here for us all to see.

Any medium; any size.

Bye for now!!

07-03-2009, 06:18 AM

Here's my copy of a Greenaway girl. Its in acrylic inks, and the girl is about 5 by 3 ins, altho' the paper surround is bigger.

Greenaway does/did very cute work and I enjoyed painting this and using the inks.

Rather a cheerful thing to do on this wet day!:D

07-06-2009, 08:47 AM
How light and charming. Tickled by all the little details- bows down the front, fan folds, nice job on the gloved hands.

07-08-2009, 03:18 PM
June, a charming KG.

Here is mine...I love paper dolls.


07-08-2009, 03:20 PM


07-08-2009, 04:00 PM
Absolutely enchanting paper doll with clothes. I love them, Janet.

07-08-2009, 05:20 PM
I stumbled across this thread and was so glad I did as this really appealed to me and I hope it's ok to join in.

Not such a good study but I really enjoyed it nevertheless.

Ink and watercolour on tinted card 8" x 6"


07-09-2009, 02:22 AM
Hi Inky. I love your study. Especially the use of your watercolour paint...nice and loose; a modern approach which suits the subject.

07-09-2009, 06:51 AM
Thanks, June, I actually have a Kate Greenaway paper doll set and though my doll is totally different I did play around with the clothes, changing them slightly. Paper dolls were always my favorites. They used to be ten cents...now I get them from Dover Publications for about six dollars a set. :(

Hi Inky. I think June said it all. Lovely loose watercolor. :heart: :heart:

07-09-2009, 10:55 AM
I loved paper dolls when I was at school.

I see that our local museum is holding an arts day in a couple of weeks for kids to go along and create paper dolls. I wonder if they let adults in? Probably not.

07-14-2009, 02:14 AM
June, your red penwork really brings her dress alive.

Janet, now you could make your own paperdolls and clothes too. And they all look like a good fit.

Inky, love the expression and the yellow paper you used.

I didn't think I was going to do this because the figures are so delicate but I found a painting of hers that is more solid looking.

It was only black and white and I used Chinese brush and Chinese ink for this.


07-14-2009, 07:14 AM
Oh, Sandra...she is adorable and I like the Chinese Ink and brush strokes very much. Love her expression of contentment.

Glad you are back with us...finger intact :heart:

07-14-2009, 04:18 PM
She is lovely. And her expression is delightful. The brushwork is so effective!

07-15-2009, 12:07 AM
Thank you, Jane, June, for your comments. It's good to be back.

07-21-2009, 02:57 PM
Sandra, she is really relaxing........good job on the hat and chair too.

Inky - what a fun piece.....I love the blue and yellow and that doll is precious.....nice job on the hands

Janet - those paper doll clothes are perfect....nice proportions

07-23-2009, 07:39 AM
Wip -

07-23-2009, 08:37 AM
Looking good so far :thumbsup:

07-23-2009, 05:34 PM
Lovely. I like that group of 3 in the middle. The girl in the middle is very Greenaway-ish!!

07-26-2009, 11:29 AM
finished- was not real consistent in the faces, and some heads are too big -

07-26-2009, 11:43 AM
Very nice soft colors of the dresses, Robin. Colored pieces are so much more gentle to the eyes!

07-26-2009, 07:28 PM
Charming, Robin. The head size looks OK to me.

07-27-2009, 08:41 AM
thanks Sandra and Traffie