stories and illustration

The Midnight Hare


These are preliminary drawings for a picture book, about a brown hare and a character called the Midnight Hare. This is the brown hare, The drawings are done in charcoal mostly, which has come out a nice brown colour because of the way it has been scanned. I used other people’s photographs for the details, though always change things around, because I don’t like copying direct from photographs. I have seen hares up in Oxenrig but they are too far off or too quick away for me to photograph with my own camera.

I did a drawing of the big white hare who comes at midnight, and because he was so pale I scribbled in some background colour with coloured pencils.  I have been trying to find a technique to illustrate this book, as my usual use of watercolour and ink didn’t work out.  Maybe I should try these coloured pencils.  I seem to have a lot of them, though I never use them.  I also seem to have a book about coloured pencil techniques, though I cannot remember buying it or owning it.  Is something somewhere trying to tell me something?


September 5, 2013 - Posted by | Illustration, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Beautiful creature.


    Comment by LaVagabonde | September 9, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks a lot. I need to make a difference between the brown hare in the story, who is straight hare so to speak, and The Midnight Hare, who is more anthropomorphised. Like your blog, by the way – it’s very individual.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | September 10, 2013 | Reply

      • Thank you for the compliment. 🙂


        Comment by LaVagabonde | September 10, 2013

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