Monday, June 24, 2013

Homework Assignment #5, 2013, Level 1

Illustration by Sonia Roetter. 1946

Charles Addams

Helen Oxenbury Nursery Rhyme Book, 1986.

Illustrate the Nursery Rhyme Three Blind Mice

Three blind mice, three blind mice. 
See how they run, see how they run. 
They all ran after the farmer's wife, 
who cut their tales with a carving knife. 
Did you ever see such a thing in your life as three blind mice. 

• Create at least 2 final illustrations. (but at least 1 full spread)
• Break up the text anyway you want, but you may not alter the actual text (ie. change the words) 

 Pay attention to:
a) The characters you use (do the character development exercise if you like)
b) Composition (do the composition exercise if you get stuck)
c) Attention to detail. What type of line are you using for your characters etc..---you need to employ consistency within a story / within a chosen style. These illustrations should look like they are from the same book. 

*Bonus: If you want, try to sketch out the whole story layout for the rhyme.
*Bonus: If you want, try to illustrate the images all in a way that make the story seem very SPOOKY or FUNNY, or SAD. But if you choose one of these you have to make all of your images spooky or funny or sad. You have to use the same style and mood in ALL of the images, as if they were all part of the same book. This will help you practice consistency.

Some things you have around the house you can bear to let go off. Like for example: Tape, newspaper, coloured paper, wire, thread, styrofoam (look in your recycling bin for stuff). If you don't find anything that inspires you just go to a dollar store and look in the craft section!
Anything that's not too big and you think you could make a fun character out of. Also: Bring some of your favorite drawing tools (pens, pencils markers etc..) coloured pencils markers, pastels etc.. and your sketchbook if you have one. Or some paper you like.

Sunday, June 23, 2013


Some weeks back I bought the magnificent picture book Little Bird which immediately became a new favorite of mine after reading it. Pick it up when you have a chance. Definitely a book that will be appreciated on many levels by adults but that can also be enjoyed by kids.

What I love most about the book other than of course the visually amazing illustrations of super prolific illustrator Albertine, is that it's a daring book in that it could easily have been a much different book were the text tailored more along the conventional lines to accompany what the images are telling us in the story. Instead however there are two separate narratives happening at the same time. Together creating a truly beautifully and sophisticated picture book experience.

 I love it when you could do the easy thing. But you don't. You take a chance. And in this case, it turns out so worth it. Also interesting here is to wonder how illustrator Albertine and writer Germano Zullo worked together on this book. Did the story/text come first? Or did the images/partially come first and then the story and then the rest of the images...

If you want to read more about the book and see more images of it check out this post about it here on the Brainpicking's blog

Here is some work from the amazing illustrator Albertine. Check out her website here.

All Images © Albertine