View Full Version : Once Upon a Time-Ernest H. Shepard June/July

06-01-2010, 08:26 AM
Our children's illustrator for June and July, ERNEST H. SHEPARD 1879-1976


Mr. Shepard illustrated many children's books...but of course, he is known mainly for WINNIE THE POOH BY AA Milne. Other Milne books he illustrated are HOUSE AT POOH CORNER, WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG and NOW WE ARE SIX.



I wanted to include Mr. Shepard, since he was so much a part of many children's lives. Unfortunetly he is still under copyright...so we can't copy, but we surely can be inspired by his sketchy drawings and can do our own interpretation of children's friendship with their toys...stuffed, bears, dolls etc. Children at play outdoors (circa 1920's) would be good too. Please have fun, in the spirit of Pooh, and post your work

Here are a couple of links:


06-01-2010, 02:29 PM
Good fun. I want to try some in his sketchy style soon.

06-02-2010, 01:37 AM
tut tut... looks like rain. I think the honey bees S U S P E C T something says Pooh

06-02-2010, 04:12 AM
Oh, this is just what I need - love to sketch & paint bears! I am looking forward to having a go with this.:thumbsup:

06-02-2010, 07:28 AM
Years ago we spent a whole evening with an old recorder...amid drinks and eats, reading from A A Milne. There must have been ten of us young and old, men and women. Everyone loves Pooh and Christopher Robin.

Hi, Inky and Pixels :wave:

06-04-2010, 07:52 AM
oh boy, this will be fun

06-06-2010, 09:26 AM
Just a little quickie to kick things off. I know Pooh bear loves honey but I thought my bear might raid the cookie jar. :lol:

06-11-2010, 01:13 AM
ahhh, isn't he adorable - I love cookies too!!

06-11-2010, 10:58 PM
This looks really good. It will be a challenge to do an interpretation instead of trying to copy, but I guess my copies turn out like interpretations :) Will look up some pics for inspiration.

Inky very cute bear and cookies. My bears would rather cookies to honey too.

06-15-2010, 02:05 PM
Love the cookie lovin' bear.

Here is a Teddy at a party...hope it is in the Pooh spirit.


06-15-2010, 04:52 PM
Great teddy party, Janet - nice and sketchy, love the umbrellas too. :clap:

06-17-2010, 03:08 AM
Hi. I like your cookie-jar teddy inkyess. And the boy with his teddy up a tree, Janet!!

Both are right into the spirit of Pooh Bear and children's worlds!

06-18-2010, 07:20 AM
Nice one Janet, the ballons up in the trees are so "my world is a fun fantasy" statement.........

06-28-2010, 10:36 AM
More teddys on a rainy day:


06-28-2010, 02:01 PM
Those teddies look just perfect for a children's book illustration, Janet!

06-28-2010, 07:05 PM
Trafford the teddies are great. I love the ones snuggled under the blanket, so cute.

06-29-2010, 05:26 AM
Thanks June and Jacqui....these are such fun to do. Hope to do a few more next month. :heart:

06-29-2010, 10:44 AM

'3 rats playing with a butterfly.', 10 by 12 ins approx., Pen and wash. Kind of Shepardy?? He did 'Wind in the willows' too, which has a water rat in it!
Rats not as cuddly as teddies perhaps!!:(

Not the best photo of the drawing but my scanner is on the blink at the moment. The original has more colour and contrast. I'll see if I can scan it soon.

I enjoyed the scribbly style and I hope to do more when I can!!;) I am rather punch drunk at the moment!

See you later folks.:grouphug:

06-29-2010, 01:12 PM
Updated scan.


06-29-2010, 07:19 PM
You are such a wonderful illustrator June and I'm sure there are a Mr and Mrs Rat who love each other, and cuddle all the time.

How are you doing with your children's books/stories? You should do very well, I think :)

06-30-2010, 06:35 AM
Hi Janet. I am collecting together my old retold folk tales, which have appeared in magazines over the years, as I thought I might get a publisher to do a book. I haven't thought about how to illustrate them as yet...or maybe I'll put them forward as a collection of texts only to see if I get a bite. Then again, I may write a few new folk tales or original stories for magazines and pop in an illustration.;)

I am getting back into writing mode which is rather good. So I hope I can get the texts and pictures to work together too.:crossfingers:

07-03-2010, 12:18 PM
You get it published June and we'll buy it :clap:

I seem to like this thread...Here are a couple more. Now I find I can't find "When We Were Very Young" I have the two pooh books and "Now We Are Six" I can't imagine just buying three. Maybe it fell behind the bookcase. This is a minor crisis :(




Guess it's time to move on :heart:

07-05-2010, 10:35 PM
June - oh wind in the willows is one of my very favorite books,

Janet - you are getting in to this thread nicely.

I took my Pooh book but was so into vacation that i totally forgot about it until unpacking!!!

07-06-2010, 01:45 PM
Janet, you could write a story about a girl and her toys to go with these iluustrations sometime. Looks like the girl is about to draw and colour in!!

07-16-2010, 07:54 AM
the Zebra G nib is supercallifragilisticexpeallidochious!!!! The thicker manga ink....no blobs, drips or globulous dribbles......Look at this ....and like Sandra said....you don't concern yourself with dipping until way past time...
I did these three last night ...I can see how as I got tired, my drawing tightened up and got stiff.......By the tree, then with the old couple and with the balloon is the last, stiff one.......

Have a lovely.......

07-16-2010, 11:37 AM
Yummy drawings with your new pen, Robin. I liked these two little girls and their poem a lot. Almost did a version myself. Very nice work. :heart: