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Milo Searching Through the Garden

MH16and17The delights of gouache (and the dangers of not doing opposite illustrations on the same sheet of paper) – when I put these two paintings together for the picture book “The Midnight Hare” I found that in both of them Milo was clutching his chest in a heartfelt manner, so I changed this on the left-hand page, in the process of which I found all sorts of details that I hadn’t finished properly.  I must have scanned it too early. The richness of the colouring on the left-hand page rather bleaches out the other painting, so I may have to add to that too.

January 22, 2018 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Little Angel

littleangel2“The Midnight Hare” paintings are more or less finished, and over the next two weeks I will be setting up the scans for Martins the Printers, who are over in Spittal, a place which looks out over the faintly coal-tinted North Sea; then as far as this book is concerned it is the business side of things that will be uppermost. I have spent so long on the Hare book that I am timorous of bring the process of creating it to an end.  However, now that it is moving into a new phase, in the background I think perhaps maybe possibly a new book is waiting in the wings. A winter book.  Since the story is not written yet, I shall say nothing about it. But already I am thinking of what form the illustrations will take. The drawing above, an old Christmas card, is in pencil on white paper. I like the grubbiness of the pencil when it is reproduced. But I have been looking at that beautiful painting “Hunters in the Snow”, apparently the first painting of deep winter in western art. I shall start on a text, and say no more, and the text will suggest the technique.

 

January 6, 2018 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Milo Frees the Hare

milo frees the hare

December 28, 2017 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Milo Looking Over the Gate

Looking Over the Gate

December 20, 2017 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

The Midnight Hare, pages 29 and 30

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December 10, 2017 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Midnight Hare: Alighting in the Garden

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December 6, 2017 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Flying Home over the Borderlands

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This is the finished version of page 20 of The Midnight Hare (the book I am self-publishing); that is, finished before computer tweaking, and the laying on of text. At last I have started the set-up of the illustrations and text. This is being documented on my other WordPress website, Moonwuzo Books, but it seems a long time since I posted on my original site. It is sad not to be going out with the camera, especially on sunny November days when the light is so ravishing, but there is a kind of loose deadline for the book to be ready for the printers. I am still quibbling with myself about what size the borders should be – they are going to be rough-edged, and I think just 8mm. I prefer the slightly rough edges, especially as most of the words are going on to the images – the hard edges and the wider margin just looked wrong somehow. The yellow needs to be a bit paler and cooler here, the colours are still a bit hot; but the very simple design suits this part of the story.

November 24, 2017 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

The Moonwuzo Painting

The Moonwuzo

October 11, 2017 Posted by | Art, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

The Midnight Hare, Page 9

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September 20, 2017 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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