View Full Version : Once upon a time- Edward Lear- Feb 2010

02-01-2010, 11:46 AM
We are looking at the illustrations of Edward Lear (1812-1888) this month so that shoud lift the spirits this winter!

Lear wrote nonsense poetry and illustrated it. He is also famous for beautiful paintings of birds.

In this project, we look at the artist's work and copy something we admire, or do a new artwork in the style of, or in hommage to, the artist.

So lets go...

02-01-2010, 11:46 AM




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02-01-2010, 11:54 AM
OOps the owl and the cat do not want to appear...I'll try again later!!

02-01-2010, 04:01 PM
June, I didn't realize he illustrated birds! Beautiful colors! I might try those.

02-02-2010, 01:15 AM
OMG, how ignorant am I? Of course I knew about Edward Lear's nonsense poetry but never knew he painted and very well by the looks of it. Can't wait to give this a try.:clap:

02-02-2010, 05:27 PM
Edward Lear is kind of famous for his bird paintings. Very collectable here in UK. Expensive.

02-05-2010, 12:20 AM
Pacon Drawing pad 9x12 inch
Prismacolor pencils
Derwent Inktense pencils
Derwent Graphitint pencils
Japanese brushpen (felt tip)


02-05-2010, 11:14 AM
Sandra - my you are making good use of your days off!!! this is a fun one

June - this looks like lots of fun, I too did not know he did birds. Was he buddies with Audobon? (spell check on that name)

02-05-2010, 12:06 PM
Robin, thanks for your comments. No, no, I didn't do this on my day off. I did all these at work. LOL. There's nobody checking in and I get to draw. At home, I don't get to draw as much because I have to do housework and bake cookies for my kids. Now if I change jobs for real and the workplace is busy and not allow us to pull out a sketchbook, I have to work at work and draw at home and not bake or do anymore housework.

02-16-2010, 10:05 AM
What a crazy looking owl and purple too...just love him!

02-16-2010, 07:20 PM
Inspired and carried away....


02-17-2010, 01:35 PM
Love the owl, Sandra! :clap:

Yay! Go Janet Go! Great little drawings and lots of variety.:clap:

I really must get myself into gear. I'm itching to have a go, but so far not had much time.... I will MAKE some time! :cat:

02-17-2010, 04:13 PM
OK, I made a little time! Yay!

Here's my Owl & *****cat and I had a really great time doing this. Oh boy, I just love inkwork!:cat:

02-17-2010, 04:18 PM
Oh my! My word has been asterisked! :eek: Yikes!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

02-17-2010, 06:26 PM
I know, isn't that funny, Inky? I was doing Yo-shi-tsune in one word and they xxxx it out too. Hahaha...

Very cute piece.

Janet, what a great collection of little people there. You have set quite a character with a big nose there!

I just realized he had landscape paintings too. They are gorgeous. I'll have to do some too today, either that or some small figures like you girls. I'll be back.

02-17-2010, 07:00 PM
fun stuff Inky and Janet.

02-17-2010, 08:05 PM
These are not direct copies of his work. Just my doodling along.

Bombay India Ink
Dip pen with Hunt 108 nip
Academie Heavyweight Sketchbook


So finally, I realize this character is called Pan. I've been reading Greek art history.


This one is based on his field studies.


02-18-2010, 01:25 AM
This is based on Edward Lear's landscape here (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Masada_(or_Sebbeh)_on_the_Dead_Sea,_Edward_Lear,_1858.jpg).

Colorfix beige paper 9x12 inch
SMi soft pastel

The more color I put in for darkness, the more muddy it became. I like the faraway mountains and the blue water the best.


02-18-2010, 05:06 AM
WOW. Lots of super 'Lear' work here. I love your animals, Sandra. I didn't know Lear did landscapes too.

Inky, I love your owl and kitty cat. I had trouble loading that lear image because the WC didn't approve of the synonym for kitty and I eventually got around it by just putting cat. How wierd!

Janet, I love that page of drawings!

I haven't done anything for this project yet.

03-03-2010, 12:35 AM
Sandra - that is an awesome turtle!!

I took a little time to copy these. What a cool sense of whimsy he had.