View Full Version : Once Upon a Time-Jesse Wilcox Smith-Feb/Mar

01-31-2011, 05:20 AM
Our Childrens Illustrator for the next two months:


Water Babies

Wilcox-Smith started out as a kindergarden teacher and wound up as one of the most popular illustrators of her day. She did covers for all the leading magazines and illustrated many children's books.

Another pupil of Howard Pyle.

Back of the North Wind


A Stitch in Time

Check out the links below for more images and information on Jesse Wilcox-Smith. You may copy, study or be inspired by any of her work and please post and let us see.


and a wonderful youTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO5FaeewOP8

Does anybody remember "The Water Babies"? I loved that book and had forgotten all about it until I saw the illustrations. :heart: :heart:

02-01-2011, 06:58 AM
This looks very good. I am looking forward to finding out more about this illustrator and trying some copies, etc.

02-01-2011, 08:27 AM
I just love how colourful her illustrations are. Hope to try something soon. :thumbsup:

02-01-2011, 05:39 PM
I love the back of the northwind. Watercolors are fun and quick studies. I think I will try making a copy of that one. While it looks simple, I bet there are some subtleties I will run into that will throw me for a loop!

02-01-2011, 06:15 PM
This is a new acquaintance for me. The children's illustrators are so forth right. I love doing them

02-01-2011, 07:00 PM
Ooh, I love the first two pieces. I'm going to work on those. Thank you, Janet.

Ella Ann
02-13-2011, 10:52 AM
Couldn't resist trying this. In her original illustration there was just one little girl, but I was not happy with my copy (not good at children I'm afraid) so I tried again. Still not so good, but I'm practising! :)

Ink and watercolour on A4 sketch paper.

02-13-2011, 02:04 PM
Hello Elan - nice go here, interesting power in the colors . I like the watery ness of the water too.

02-18-2011, 06:59 PM
Somehow I missed this thread. Looks stunning esp that first image, now to try and find some time.... :)

Elan wonderful job on the girls. Clear lines and great colours.

02-22-2011, 02:33 PM
Elan, great piece. If you didn't tell, it could have been taken as the real piece. Very nice.

Ella Ann
02-25-2011, 04:07 PM
Thank you all so much for the very nice comments and encouragement. I have today inked another and when I add a little colour I will post it.

Ella Ann
02-27-2011, 11:49 AM
Messed up a bit when I added the watercolour - paper was not really suitable, but hey, it was still fun to do!


03-03-2011, 07:18 AM
Elan, I don't think you messed up at all. If you did it doesn't show in the upload. A very nice painting of the boy by the sea.

I really like this illustrator a lot and she did so many paintings in her lifetime. I remember growing up that all the magazines used cover illustrations, It wasn't until much later that photography took over. :heart:

03-05-2011, 08:30 AM
Elan, your illustrations are lovely. I really like the expressions on the girls faces. The little boy in blue has wonderful colour!

03-12-2011, 05:27 PM
Ella, the flesh colors are very pretty. Very good penwork too.

Here's my take of the first piece with Derwent Pastel Pencils on Academie Heavyweight 80 lbs sketchbook. 8.5 x 11 inch


03-12-2011, 11:08 PM
I've corrected a couple of areas of this Jessie Smith copy.


Ella Ann
03-13-2011, 07:05 AM
Thanks all for the kind words, her work is great to copy.

Sandra, lovely work on the waterbaby, great colour and movement in the waves. :thumbsup:

03-14-2011, 09:39 AM
Beautiful water baby, Sandra. You've captured the original colors very well.

I started this thread and haven't done anything yet...I better get with it.

03-18-2011, 10:16 AM
Here is my little girl with cat...pen and ink and colored pencil:


Ella Ann
03-19-2011, 04:08 AM
Just beautiful, Trafford, nice lines and gentle tones.:thumbsup:

03-19-2011, 08:13 AM
Thanks, Ella. If I can get a cat in the picture I'm happy. :heart:

03-19-2011, 07:53 PM
Oh, I've always loved her Red Riding Hood piece with the wolf. I might try to do something small and quick inspired by that. It doesn't have to look like hers, just be inspired by it, right? Love that Back of the North Wind one, too. I don't think I've seen it before.

Elan - I think your girls look great and the water is so convincingly wet and shiny. I don't see a thing wrong with the little boy, either. Lovely line work.

Sandra - I love the colors in your water baby painting, and the shapes of the water.

Trafford - Your little girl with the cat is delightful!

03-20-2011, 07:25 AM
Hi, Melisa...Please be inspired and do your own thing. Looking forward to your post.

I'm amazed at all the children's illustrators that were around in the 1920's and 30's. Still have a few more to explore in the future. :heart:

03-20-2011, 09:28 AM
Here's my version of Little Red and the wolf, inspired by Jesse Wilcox Smith's beautiful illustration. This is watercolor pencil in my sketchbook, about 5.5"x8.


03-21-2011, 07:49 PM
Love your illustration Melisa....and your work with colored pencils. Your wolf is great. I always sort of felt sorry for the wolf....but Red Riding Hood alone in the woods scared me. :heart:

03-21-2011, 08:05 PM
Thanks Trafford! Yes, it was too bad for the wolf but you can't go around eating people. Little Red never should have been sent out into the woods. That's bad parenting! Lots of bad parenting to be found in fairy tales, LOL.

03-22-2011, 09:46 AM
There's some lovely work going on in this thread. :clap:

Melissa, really like that red riding hood! :thumbsup:

03-22-2011, 12:05 PM
Thanks, Inky. I really enjoyed doing it.

03-22-2011, 10:51 PM
Janet, that's a very nice cuddly piece. You made the cuddle very warm.

Melissa, the eyes are very well placed and the colors are perfect for the piece. You have fleshed out little red riding hood's insecurity pretty well.

03-23-2011, 09:02 AM
Thanks, Sandra. I had a difficult time with Red's face because it is so tiny. I didn't think I'd ever get her eyes right.

Ella Ann
03-24-2011, 02:59 PM
You did a good job on the eyes, Melisa and I really like her cloak and boots. :thumbsup:

03-24-2011, 03:29 PM
Thank you, Ella!


04-11-2011, 12:51 PM
No Once Upon a Time thread for April, then?

04-11-2011, 08:21 PM
Hi, Melisa...I'm taking a rest from it all this month, but will be back with another illustrator for May. There seem to be an endless supply of imaginative artists of a certain period. :heart:

04-11-2011, 08:27 PM
OK, I'll look forward to seeing who is up for May. I just hope I can find it again. I keep forgetting where I see these threads, LOL. Anytime I wander away from the WDE forum I get lost. :rolleyes:

Ella Ann
04-12-2011, 05:11 PM
Will miss it, but looking forward to May with enthusiasm. :wave: