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trafford
05-03-2010, 07:24 AM
The children's illustrator for May is SIR JOHN TENNIEL (1820-1914)

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Come down the rabbit hole or through the looking glass with Alice.
Sir John is best known for Alice, but he was also a popular cartoonist for Punch magazine.

Please let your imagine take over...you can copy an image, be inspired, make up your own Wonderland characters, perhaps writing a picture story of just one of the creatures. Have fun, and let us see what you come up with.

Here are two links and a few more pictures:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Tenniel
http://www.johntenniel.com/art.php?min=0&max=10000000

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artbyjune
05-03-2010, 03:34 PM
Love it Janet!!

azulparsnip
05-05-2010, 04:23 PM
oh, goodie, goodie, goodie.......I love working with inks! And I have this book

trafford
05-11-2010, 03:19 PM
I'm starting off with one of my favorite characters, the Dutchess' cook and our pal The Cheshire Cat. This was fun, so I'll try to get another one done before the end of the month.

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artbyjune
05-14-2010, 12:48 PM
Marvellous start Janet. The Duchess is so engrossed and the Cheshire cat is properly smiley!!

artbyjune
05-19-2010, 07:40 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-May-2010/106623-whiterabbit1a4k.jpg

Here's my attempt at Tenneil's white rabbit in pen and wash, 6 by 8 ins. I loved his colours for the clothes.:D

trafford
05-19-2010, 11:31 AM
More than an attempt, June...just beautiful. You have such a light touch with the pen...so nice. :heart: :heart:

InkyEss
05-20-2010, 10:44 AM
Janet I just adore that cheshire cat.

June, that truly is beautiful... nice delicate washes.

I have been beset with health problems which have hopefully now been sorted by an operation. I am hoping as I convalesce that I will have time to paint, so I'm looking forward to giving this a try.

artbyjune
05-20-2010, 02:09 PM
I hope you get better soon Inky!! I'm so looking forward to seeing your illustrations a la Tenneil.

I chose the rabbit because it looked about the simplest to do (and I love rabbits).

I really like the complicated ones too...with Alice and several animals in them...not sure if I'll get around to another one though!

Many thanks for commenting, Trafford and Inky!!

InkyEss
05-20-2010, 03:46 PM
Well, I thought no time like the present! Here's my version of Tenniel's Alice ink and graphite.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2010/68454-Alicesm.jpg

artbyjune
05-21-2010, 02:34 AM
That's wonderful, Inky. I love all the movement you've captured. And its a very good likeness of Alice!:clap:

trafford
05-21-2010, 05:48 AM
I'm with June, Inky. Love the movement, the fleeing animals. :thumbsup:

Wonderland and Looking Glass are two of my favorite books, and are re-read every few years. Even though they have been illustrated by different artists over the years, including the Disney Studios, Tenniel is still the best. :heart:

jacquip
06-11-2010, 10:53 PM
Hi all, I have been wondering around WetCanvas for over a year and never ventured into this area before. Boy was I missing out! I know its not May still but I couldn't resist giving this one a go. It was so much fun. Not the best results enjoyable.

Both done as pen sketches and then watercolour washes added. Hat on the Mad Hatter is a bit small.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2010/185124-pen--wc-alice-sml.jpg

trafford
06-12-2010, 12:20 PM
Hi, Jacqui....love your drawings. They are like Tenniel, but with a lot of, I think, Jacqui thrown in, which makes them your own. The MH's hat is just fine. Please post more when you get a chance.....janet :heart:

InkyEss
06-13-2010, 03:41 AM
Hi Jacqui

These are two lovely drawings. I really like pen & wash. Excellent!:clap:

jacquip
06-13-2010, 07:40 AM
Thanks Inky and Trafford for the kind words and encouragement. Here are another couple I did today. I like the different animal characters.

Pen in A5 sketchbook.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2010/185124-alice-sketches-2-pen-sml.jpg