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10-31-2009, 02:07 AM
:clap: Hi everyone. Welcome to the children's illustrators project for November 09.

This month's artist is Arthur Rackham. For all you folks who like the faery realm!!

Arthur Rackham (19 September 1867 – 6 September 1939) was an English book illustrator.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Rackham (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Rackham)

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Arthur_Rackham (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Arthur_Rackham)

http://www.bpib.com/illustrat/rackham.htm (http://www.bpib.com/illustrat/rackham.htm)

We can copy his work, or do something 'in the style of', or maybe a new illustration to one of the stories he illustrated.

Looking forwad to seeing the art!:D

10-31-2009, 02:09 AM



10-31-2009, 06:22 PM
Oh, I didn't know it was him who did Alice in the Wonderland and Wind in the Willows. He has such superb drawings! Will definitely give it a try. I'm glad this is a month long thread and not 2 weeks thread. Thank you, June, for the intro.

11-01-2009, 04:06 AM
Wonderful illustrations - can't wait to give it a try! :clap:

11-01-2009, 12:14 PM
Rackham rocks,

11-01-2009, 03:05 PM
Here's my first attempt at an Arthur Rackham - of course, being a Teddy-fanatic it had to be the Three Bears for me! :cat:


11-01-2009, 05:34 PM
Hi Inky, that is a terrific bear study. :thumbsup: :clap: :clap:

I like Rackham's animal work too. And then the little elves and pixies are good. I think he will be fun to study.;)

11-02-2009, 03:05 PM
Nice on Inky -
I was not paying attention and papa bears hands were not table level so I sketched in another chair.

11-02-2009, 05:18 PM
Lovely bears, Robin and great background paintings too! :clap:

11-02-2009, 08:08 PM
Very nice yellows, Inky. Your mama and papa bear are so contented compared to Robin's bears who look a bit shocked at the table manners of baby bear. Robin, great color combos! Inky, like the volume you gave to your bears too.

11-03-2009, 06:31 AM
Love all the bears and the pictures behind them. What a wonderful illustrator. Here's another link: http://rackham.artpassions.net/

11-04-2009, 12:12 PM
and YouTube:


11-07-2009, 01:36 AM
Nice work Robin.

I must go and visit utube. Its a great art resource!!

11-28-2009, 09:51 AM

Just made it before the end of the month....here's my Rackham study...from the Alice books...mock turtle crying.

6 by 8 ins, acrylic inks, on paper.

I like his style of artwork.;)

11-28-2009, 01:45 PM
Inky, Robin, June, your contributions this month are inspiring.

11-28-2009, 03:45 PM
Thank you Lawrence, you're very kind.

June, that's a fabulous study. :clap:

I have just finished another and will post tomorrow when I get it uploaded to the computer.

11-28-2009, 04:34 PM
You are a wonderful illustrator June. Here's mine...Puck in Midsummer Nights Dream. Pen, water color and crayon.


Lauren F-M
11-29-2009, 09:26 AM
Lovely to find this Rackham thread -- and what wonderful work everyone has done! :thumbsup:

I think his work lends itself to more freedom and looseness, as I see how much enjoyment is in all the work posted up. :clap:

I hope this thread continues into December, as then I might have a chance to participate.

Might be nice to try other Victorian illustrators for future threads?

11-29-2009, 03:20 PM
Hi Janet, Puck looks so happy and impish. I am sure he's up to making trouble. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Lauren, you can still post to this thread even though its a November project and we start another illustrator for December. We don't close threads as such!!

Many thanks for the comments on my study of the Alice illustration. It was a treat to copy. His fabulous animals are brilliant. I wonder if I can find any Rackham illustrated books when I go into town tomorrow...in the second-hand stores!:D

12-01-2009, 03:17 PM
Lovely illustration of Puck there Janet - he looks really lively and appealing. :clap:

12-01-2009, 03:26 PM
I'm late, I'm late, For a very important date. No time to say "Hello." “Goodbye”. I'm late, I'm late, I'm late.


It's been great fun this month! I'm off to check out the new December thread. :wave:

12-01-2009, 03:31 PM
That is a beautiful illustration study, Inky!! A great use of colour.

Arthur Rackham has been a good illustrator to visit!!

09-12-2010, 02:13 PM
This Derivian liquid pencil sepia permanent has such a viscosity that it's not easy to pick it up with a thin brush. That's why I needed color pencils for the details. Very difficult medium. But I could see it'd be useful for dinosaurs. :lol:



This last one is just Daniel Smith watercolor, Faber Castell Polychromos Colored pencils, Pentel Pocket Calligraphy brushpen.