View Full Version : Once Upon a Time-May-Sir John Tenniel

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


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:





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

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

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.


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

05-19-2010, 07:40 AM

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

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:

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.

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!!

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.


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:

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:

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.


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:

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

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

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.