View Full Version : Once Upon a Time-Richard Doyle-Dec & Jan

11-30-2010, 07:36 AM

Our Children's Illustrator for December- RICHARD DOYLE 1824-1883. (Extended to january):wave:

It's holiday time and again we visit Fairyland with a wonderful illustrator.
Mr Doyle was another artist working for Punch magazine, in fact, he did the cover for the first issue and designed the masthead. He was also Sherlock Holmes' uncle.





and links:

Google Images has more.

Please copy, or create your own world of woods and fairies and post your art for us to see. :heart: :heart:

11-30-2010, 08:19 PM
I this looks like good fun for cheering up on a cloudy day. Richard Doyle in new to me. Thanks , Janet

11-30-2010, 09:24 PM
I've never heard of him before, but I like his style. Definitely worth trying. Thank you, Janet, for the new challenge.

12-01-2010, 05:44 AM
I never heard of him either. I thought it was sort of fun that he was Arthur Conan Doyle's uncle. I do like the fairy in my garden atmosphere. Cheerful for the holidays. :heart:

12-02-2010, 03:00 AM
Great to be introduced to another old master of illustration. Believe I'll have a go at a study of his "Fairy and knight (http://lh5.google.com/banshee206/RxJIXt_cQsI/AAAAAAAACFM/c0SMTF7yEhQ/s800/richard-doyle-fairy-and-knight.JPG)". Like the figures, colors and landscape of that one. Hope to share some WIPs once I get started:-)

12-02-2010, 08:49 AM
What a wonderful illustrator. I haven't heard of him either. I love his work though. Looking forward to exploring more of his illustrations and doing some copies.

12-02-2010, 07:02 PM
His work looks wonderful. Another new illustrator for me to be inspired by. Thanks for the great links.

12-06-2010, 07:55 AM

A study-copy of Doyle's 'Thumbelina'. Its about 6 by 8 ins, watercolours on paper. I am leaving it at this stage because I like it pale and delicate.

12-06-2010, 11:03 AM
June, this is indeed delicate, and wonderful.

12-07-2010, 02:21 AM
Wonderful piece June. So peaceful.

12-12-2010, 06:38 AM
June, when I posted Thumbelina, I knew this would be the one you chose to do. It's charming.

As usual I miscalculated and only put this thread in for a month, forgetting that everyone would be busy with the holidays.....so it will run through January...EXTENDED! EXTENDED!:lol:

12-12-2010, 11:34 AM
June - she is so dear! The spring vegetation is a pleasant sight for these eyes.

12-21-2010, 11:46 PM
a study for wiphttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Dec-2010/88676-doyle_copy.JPG

01-02-2011, 10:39 AM
Hey, Robin. Just discovered your two headed ogre. He/they are great and beautifully ugly.

01-03-2011, 02:03 AM
I love the ogre too!! I think a project on drawing ogres and other things like trolls in fairy tales would be rather good!!

01-04-2011, 10:46 AM
My bird is a little skinny, but I like the leaves :)


01-10-2011, 04:23 PM
Thanks for the challenge, Janet, I love these illustrations, so inspirational. Glad you’ve extended it or I would have missed my chance.:D

Love your Thumbalina, June, beautifully delicate.:clap: We are awaiting our own little Thumbalina, my first grandchild is expected any day now.

Great drawing, Robin, interested to see what you do with this.:thumbsup:

Janet, love the bird and leaves. He doesn’t look to skinny to me, great work.:clap:

Here’s my “Reward” after Richard Doyle. I may add some colour and hope I don’t spoil it. :o

01-11-2011, 07:13 AM
What a sweet illustration Inky. I grew up with fairy tales and pictures like this and it's so nice to revisit.

By Rose Amy Fyleman:

There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
It's not so very, very far away;
You pass the gardner's shed and you just keep straight ahead.
I do so hope they've really come to stay.
There's a little wood, with moss in it and beetles,
And a little stream that quietly runs through;
You wouldn't think they'd dare to come merrymaking there.
Well, they do.

There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
They often have a dance on summer nights;
The butterflies and bees make a lovely little breeze,
And the rabbits stand about and hold the lights.
Did you know that they could sit upon the moonbeams
And pick a little star to make a fan,
And dance away up there in the middle of the air?
Well, they can.

There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
You cannot think how beautiful they are;
They all stand up and sing when the Fairy Queen and King
Come gently floating down upon their car.
The King is very proud and very handsome;
The Queen - now you can guess who that could be?
She's a little girl all day, but at night she steals away.
Well, it's Me!


01-11-2011, 01:09 PM
Hi gang! I love the new illustrations, Janet and Inky. The girl on the bird is having a great time. And what a sweet kiss for the fairy! I love to see wild mushrooms, especially 'fairy rings' of them!! My sister used to quote that poem Janet. Brings back memories.

01-12-2011, 10:48 PM
Hey all, great work everyone. I finally got around to doing a quick sketch and watercolour. I am not very happy with it, but at least I gave it a go. :)


01-12-2011, 11:15 PM
Alright, alright, I'm here.

June, I love the petal. It's so real!!! And I too like this pale palette you have chosen. Very soft and nice.

Robin, good ogres! Ah, to make 2 headed beings...I haven't even tried that yet.

Janet, that is you flying on the back of the bird? It feels like you.

Inky, very sweet piece. The bigger fairy/elf doesn't seem so sure but it's very cute.

Jacqui, your little boy looks Asian!!! :clap: :clap:

Here are a couple I did just now.

Cretacolor Aquastic, Daler Rowney oil pastel, Walnut Hollow oil pencil, Faber castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils, Zebra Sarasa gel pen.



I love the look of this piece (http://www.artmagick.com/images/content/doyle_r/hi/doyle_r6.jpg) but it will take a while.

01-20-2011, 02:03 PM
here is a study in green Noodler's ink

and a WIP - the giants needs a little more ink work (inktense pencils and manga ink)

01-20-2011, 02:06 PM
wow, didn't see the great work !!

Inky - that is sooo sweet, YOu really got the message accross

Janet - your girl is so happy and definitely getting lots of fresh air

Sandra - Sweet sketches,,,that imp in the nest looks like a stinker

01-21-2011, 06:45 AM
Nice work everybody.

Jacqui and Sandra: You both have that sweet little face and a couple of mean looking owls.:) I love to see the different interpretations of one illustration.

Sandra....Great cartoon. The bird can't seem to fathom who's in the nest.

Robin, lovely illustrations,,,though, one ogre seems to be enjoying his food more than the other.

I hope everyone enjoyed the work of Richard Doyle. :heart:

01-31-2011, 09:01 PM
Janet - I really enjoyed Richard's work - thanks for hosting thishttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2011/88676-gian039_copy.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2011/88676-snail043_copy.jpg

02-01-2011, 03:07 AM
You really got into Doyle's work Robin. I love that couple in green ink very much. Ogres nice and colourful. And the little fellow on the snail is full of energy. Off somewhere, but where?

02-01-2011, 06:46 PM
Robin, I really like the green ink piece and the rider on the snail! He has such an urgent pose on such a slow poke critter. Great contrast.