Illustration Friday: String


A scratchboard fairytale illustration for this week’s Illustration Friday. /Karen/ visited this weekend and knitted and bought Angela Carter’s collection of fairytales which was illustrated with quite rough, folksy (lovely) woodcuts (I seem to recall part of K’s thesis was on this fairytale as well). I worked on this while she made her first foray into coptic bookbinding.

21 thoughts on “Illustration Friday: String

  1. Lovely idea! Adorable picture!

    Strangely, I can’t place which fairytale it is. It’s not the Swan Princes, with Elise and her nettle shirts, is it?

    Cute bird, too.

  2. Thankyou Jedediah – that was the feel I was going for. It’s surprising how many effects people can get with scraperboard: woodcut, linotype, etching, sketching, graphic, ink etc.

    Thankyou Kris-Tea and Helen. I really like some of the work from that era, Helen!

  3. Oh, and thanks for the header suggestion, Jedediah. I’d love to, but it is a rather vertical image. Maybe I’ll design something similar but sideways.

  4. Thankyou, artmodel! I am glad – I didn’t want it to be just ‘sweet’ so ‘charming and striking’ is a great compliment :)

  5. Thankyou, Paper Pictures – I always thought knitting in a tree must be impractical.

    Lizybeth – thanks, and I’ve always liked that sort of little folkart bird.

    Thankyou so much Denise, and please do print a book of yours!

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