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

  2. Delightful! Your hatching in blends of colour makes the figure of the hare lively and lithe, with that endearing gangly look, and the way they momentarily catch your eye, that is characteristic of this elusive creature. I don’t think you need the pencil drawing book..your technique is spot on…love the shaped background and the white paper of the moon. Perhaps blanks too within the figure, since he’s so white and moonlit?

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    Comment by jamesmmcardle | August 23, 2020 | Reply

  3. What interesting comments, they make me ponder on technique. In some ways I prefer this kind of imagery, though the book I am doing at the moment is detailed ink and watercolour. When it is finished I think I shall break out into something looser and more linear, as in the image above. There are always so many different ways of doing things. I like what you said.


    Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 27, 2020 | Reply

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