View Full Version : Once Upon a Time-Aug/Sept-Walter Crane

08-02-2010, 08:09 AM

Our children's illustrator for Aug/Sept is WALTER CRANE 1845-1915

English painter, textile and wallpaper designer, illustrator of children's books, designer of tiles. A decendent of the Pre-Raphaelites. Also his black and white drawings remind me of the modern classic art coloring books.

A wonderful illustrator, worthy of a two month study.


Please copy or be inspired, and let us see what you have done.




Here are a few links with plenty of images to get you going:




08-02-2010, 08:14 AM
Mr. Crane seemed so familiar...I thought we might have done him before, but I think he was linked with several other artists...so this is a showcase for him alone.

Here is a tile he designed:


ENJOY! :heart: :heart:

08-04-2010, 12:11 AM
wooohooo - Walter Crane is wonderful, I'm excited about this opportunity. He kinda has an art noveau thing happening doesn't he.

08-04-2010, 12:16 AM
Oh yes...I agree...he is a wonderful illustrator. Must do some research...

08-04-2010, 07:09 AM
Had to add one more from "Puss and Boots"


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08-06-2010, 04:47 AM
Have just been looking at the links. Amazing work. I really love his style. I am definitely going to have a try and some of these. So much to choose from though and the stories are familiar which adds to the pleasure. Great choice.

08-06-2010, 09:34 AM
Hi Janet, June and Jacqui - here is my first little offering...this is the cover if a little book I picked up about 20 years ago. I've tried drawing this several times.....it is harder than it looks. But I like the way the central figure came out looking old....it was a drawing blunder but it works good to me.

08-07-2010, 10:00 AM
Hi, Jacqui....looking forward to your Walter Crane interpretations.

Oh, Robin just love your drawing,,,,all those tiny musicians.

Was looking through the links and found the illustrations for children's songs. I remember a lot of them...so I had a sing along as I viewed the images.:) Really like this artist. :heart:

08-08-2010, 01:30 PM
Robin, love those musical cats and children. :thumbsup:

Couldn't resist having a try this month. Made a bit of a hash of the watercolour, but it was done in the sketchbook and the paper isn't really made for watercolours. :o


08-09-2010, 01:39 AM
Yikes!!! I was having so much trouble uploading - just couldn't get my post to show..... Now it looks like I have gone crazy!!!:lol: :lol: :lol:

So sorry - hope someone can delete some of these posts. :o

08-09-2010, 07:18 AM
Nice watercolor, even many times over. :lol: Mr. Crane seemed to use many styles and your lady with all the neat folds of her dress is a good copy of one of them.

I think they are still having some image problems on the site. People are having trouble and getting double and triple images just like you did.

Good to hear from you again Inky. Please post some more Crane :heart:

08-09-2010, 03:13 PM
Robin and inky. I love your works inspired by W Crane. That's a nice bouncy style for a book cover, Robin. Inky your lady is elegant!!

I got the delete button to work. That problem seems to be fixed onsite now!!

08-10-2010, 04:51 PM
Many thanks, June - I was feeling a bit of an eejit! :D :lol:

Hope to try another copy soon.

08-10-2010, 08:15 PM
Inky - great drawing, has all the feeling of his stuff too.

08-13-2010, 06:47 AM


A couple of rough studies of long narrow illustrations by Crane. Rumpelstiltskin, which I know. And another from a tale I don't know: 'The sausage, the mouse and the bird.

I enjoyed trying out the wide skinny format.

08-14-2010, 02:06 AM
Beautifully drawn, June. I love the movement in the Rumpelstitskin one :clap: and I really feel for poor sausage slaving over a hot cooking pot whilst the mouse and the bird grow impatient. :)

Did you ink for the background on the first? I like how it makes the drawing really stand out.

And I adore the skinny+wide format! :thumbsup:

08-14-2010, 04:54 AM
Inky love those bright colours on the elegant lady.

June I really like your sketches. Wonderful format. Rumpelstiltskin is beautiful. Never heard of the other tale myself. Great story image to it.

08-14-2010, 06:38 AM
really like your sketches, June....he seemed to do a lot of long and thin illustrations.

Here's another wonderful link: http://mythfolklore.net/aesopica/crane/index.htm

08-17-2010, 08:35 PM
I drew rumpelstiltskin and then brushed in the dark background afterwards. I like the way he used dark backgrounds!! I will have a look at the new link!

:thumbsup: A terrific link!!

08-20-2010, 02:34 AM
What a wonderful and creative artist Crane was- he has inspired fine work here!:thumbsup:

Always loved-and have been able to see online- his first garden verse book- was always curious as to the AESOP...

And now, thanks to you, trafford- I now have an absolutely terrific link to enjoy!

Will savour it, truly!

Will come by again in September to see more!:)

Regards to All,


08-20-2010, 03:11 AM
Trafford what a great link. I love it. Have bookmarked it to keep enjoying it. Now to try some myself. I really like his style. A great inspiration.

08-20-2010, 07:56 AM
June - those are great. I like the way you used straight line in the background and the curved line of the shapes. The Sausage one has your humor fused in.......:cat:

08-20-2010, 07:59 AM
Janet - that link is Zippety-dooo da- zingo go go -----(inspirational!)

:(what happenedd to my image????? have to post it again, but right now I gotta do the dishes

08-26-2010, 02:56 PM
Hi guys, I just love doing master studies but haven't found these classical art projects until today. One question before I get going:

- Is digital painting allowed (Love working "traditionally" using ArtRage3) or does it have to be traditional?

Hope to soon join the fun :-)

08-29-2010, 12:06 PM
Hi, Mindbender...I don't think we have any rules against digital. Love to see what you are doing and how you are doing it.

08-29-2010, 01:20 PM
That's great news! Have begun a Crane study in pencil, but now I'll probably have to do one digitally as well :-D

08-29-2010, 01:57 PM
Ok, got started on a study of his "Ruth and Boas". First rough draft, simply trying to find and beginning to block in colors (ArtRage3, Oil Brush):


08-30-2010, 10:08 AM
Interesting to see a WIP, mindbender!!

08-31-2010, 09:23 AM
Glad you think so. Great studies,
here is WIP2 of mine:


09-02-2010, 09:44 AM
And here's update 3:


09-02-2010, 10:28 PM
hey, this is cool to watch

09-11-2010, 02:26 PM
Enjoying your process Magnus.

My son has been looking for something like Art Rage, that isn't too expensive. How do you like Art Rage? Does it have a tablet and pencil? I guess that's what you call it.

I'm especially interested in your painting in progress as I'd like to learn more about digital art work.-janet

09-11-2010, 02:36 PM
Hi Trafford,
glad to hear that. I actually love ArtRage3, and think it's great it's not too expensive! (compared to Painter11).

No tablet is included with the program, but you can buy a simple one for around 1000 swedish crowns (believe that's around 150$) - more advanced ones are much more expensive though.

But if he's just starting out, a simple one should do fine. I think he'll like ArtRage if he enjoys that his digital works look traditional. If he's after that special "digital" look, with textures taken from photos and innumerable effects and filters, then he would probably enjoy Photoshop more.

I actually did some more on my study tonight. Here's WIP4 (moving down to 12% size of the brush):


09-12-2010, 09:55 AM


09-13-2010, 09:37 AM
and WIP6:


09-13-2010, 02:19 PM
Have also been doing a little study in pencil after a detail from Crane's "Horses of Neptune" (http://www.mezzo-mondo.com/arts/mm/symbolists/crane/CRW001_L.jpg). Not sure how far I'll take it, this is how far I've come at the moment (0.7 HB pencil in moleskine sketchbook):


09-14-2010, 02:44 PM
WIP7 of the Ruth and Boas study:


09-15-2010, 01:05 AM
Ruth and Boas are coming along beautifully. I love your horses of the sea study!

09-15-2010, 10:15 PM
MindB - it is ticklish...all the little details appearing like that......very nice. I like the shading on her gown and the depth with the background sky and all

09-16-2010, 09:27 AM
Artbyjune: Thanks a lot. Glad to hear you like my studies.

Azulparsnip: Thanks - the more I work on this master copy, the more I realize how much the original actually contains. It's a landscape/figure/still life painting in an amazing fusion. Must have taken a loong time to compose and paint.

09-28-2010, 12:44 PM
Magnus, your WIP is fascinating...like the horse sketch too.

Here are mine...a sketch by Crane and what I call the garden lady.



Wasn't up to the printing, but it says: A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden.

09-28-2010, 01:32 PM
Hi Trafford. The English garden looks just like the garden at my local museum garden...lots of tall irises and other flowers bordering a grass lawn, etc. The lady is elegant. The prancing bull is so lively!

09-28-2010, 02:53 PM
I love Crane's work. I looked him up on Amazon and there is a book coming out of his illustrations in November for about $14.00. Think I'll pre-order it. :heart: