Illustration Friday: Silent

Illustration Friday: Silent

This is for all the fairytale girls who opened their mouths to speak and found instead of words flowers, or diamonds, or toads falling from their lips.

The version above is pen and ink lines with digital colour and textures. The texture on the dress is from one of a number of sheets of ink-and-coffee stains I made for another project. The background is a photo I took with my phone of mud and slime running down the wall of the subway at Oxley railway station before the renovation. The particular styling of the girl is for a retelling of the fairytale I am working on at the moment – connected to the same series of retellings as the “mesmerising” picture.

The version below is a very small pen and ink drawing with blue watercolour pencil (all analogue!) and is a chirpier version of the same:

Illustration Friday: Silent

In other news: I have put up my latest contribution to the Portrait Party Moleskine Exchange (also in inks and blue), sent off a tattoo design and am 500 words shy of being halfway through NaNoWriMo.

19 thoughts on “Illustration Friday: Silent

  1. Really lovely illustrations. I like the old-fashioned feel of the first one, and the way you used some really interesting textures from photos and mud (which looks like a bit like an ethereal forest). Lovely line work.

    The second one is really cool as well, the same subject but with such a different treatment. That one also has an old-fashioned illustration style but a very different one. (And she looks much happier!)

    • Thank you, Cindy! I had a lot of those late 19th/early 20th century illustrations in mind, with their wonderful trees. The second one – well, she’s less true to the tales, but she cheers me up :)

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