Tag Archives: pen and ink

Tanor

Tanor LandscapeI came across this shop on Redbubble and thought the prints were so eye catching and vibrant that I had to share them! Tanor prints by an unnameable Russian artist, who works with oil paints, water colour, pen and ink to Illustrator and Photoshop. This graphic design artist is inspired by the macro world and nature, and looks at ornaments and antiques to visualize the colours and patterns in the way her designs take hold. You can really see this in her work (see below). For more check out her portfolio, only 350 prints to look through!!

Liekeland

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I really like seeing pictures of animals doing human things or acting like people, I mean who doesn’t right? Lieke van der Vorst a Netherlands artist, the founder of Liekeland brings her animal illustrations to life by giving them human characteristics. Some are drawn with clothing among people, whilst others are doing everyday human things like working or traveling. In particular I like how Lieke draws the humans interacting with the animals like they are family. I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I look at her designs, very cute stuff! Lieke’s drawings have a whimsical earthiness and playful appeal about them; the way she uses colouring pencils and ink adds an overall sense of childhood nostalgia. You can find her work printed on prints, postcards, stickers and bags and occasionally on mugs, see via her website.

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bear smelling flowers

sleeping bear

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sleeping bunny

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Sylvie T.

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During my recent family holiday to the South of France, specifically the Côte d’Azur I came across this artist named Sylvie T. She is a local artist of Nice who primarily sketches the Nice landscape and it’s iconic french coastal architecture. Sylvie T. captures the beauty of the Nicean surroundings and its soft light by combining watercolour and sketch. She carefully orchestrates where these two mediums are used on her drawings to accurately portray the look and feel of Nice. Her paintings have an ‘unfinished’ appearance because of the way she splashes bits of colour on only parts of the her sketches whilst the rest is left in pencil. I bought some of her cards and bookmarks that I photographed.

For those of you who haven’t been to this part of France, Sylvie’s work does a great job of giving you a sense of what it looks like at least. It really is a beautiful city on the coast of France to visit for inspiration, relaxation and sightseeing.

Take a look

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The Frog Prince

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The Frog Prince fable demonstrates how people tend to judge too quickly on what they see – ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ derives from such teachings. Compared to some of the other Grimms teachings this particular saying crops up in everyday situations or rather it should. Unfortunately some people analyse too quickly on what they see which can result in inaccurate perceptions about situations or people. I know I do it and I don’t even realise I’m doing it..it’s like a reflex!

The Frog Prince fable taken on by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm became the first story in their collection. In most versions of this tale the frog prince’s spell is broken by the kiss of the princess/heroine of the story. In the Brothers Grimm version, there is no lovers kiss but a wall slap! Rather comically The Frog Prince asks the princess if he can sleep on her other pillow sharing the bed with her. She doesn’t want him to get the wrong idea and responds by throwing him at the bedroom wall which breaks the spell revealing his original identity, a human prince.

I have deliberately kept the gold ball out of this design (another small part of the Grimm story) because I would like it to be printed in gold foiling if I eventually get it turned into a card. It will be at the top of the fountain. It was an interesting experiment using several different medias to create this illustration. Got me really thinking about what medias can work together well visually and which ones don’t work so well. Notice the heart lily pads? I had fun making those.

You can find a bigger scale of this design in my portfolio by clicking on Fable Designs

Cinderella

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This popular fairy tale has lots of versions and I mean lots – over 700. Cendrillon by Charles Perrault from 1697 being the most well known after Disney transformed it, what we know as the 1950 animation Cinderella. Perrault introduced the pumpkin, the fairy godmother and the glass slipper (gold in the Grimm version), the Grimm’s on the other hand present a much more sinister tale, as when they started publishing they were aiming for adult readers and scholars not children.

If you don’t know the Grimm’s Cinderella version it is certainly worth a read. Unlike Perrault’s, their Cinderella tale is as much a fable as it is a fairy tale. Their version places a strong emphasis on deception and humiliation. Good dramatically triumphs over evil, the evil doers (the step sisters) lose their eyesight so they cannot perceive good or their own wickedness, whilst Cinderella’s purity and kindness does lead her to a happy ever after. Still sounds like the Disney?…Just wait till you get to the body parts being cut off.

In respect to my design I particularly enjoyed creating it as I’m a big shoe lover, I could start a shop myself from my own wardrobe! With this one I combined small elements from the different versions, for example the shop number ’21’ connects to Cinderella’s individual fable number in the Grimms collection whilst the door signage plays to the time stamp of the fairy godmother’s magic.

You can find a bigger scale of this design in my portfolio by clicking on Fable Designs

The Fisherman and His Wife

Fisherman and his wife.png6Wishful thinking and greed – the expression ‘be careful what you wish for’ derives from such stories as this one. The Fisherman and His Wife is a folk fable that was originally a poem that was received and published by the Grimm brothers. This fable warns against overreaching, betrayal and the dark nature of ambition in relationships.

The Fish is bewitched and plays the referee between the Fisherman and his Wife, continuously granting her ever bigger wishes that she forces her husband to ask for on her behalf.  With a lot of the Grimms tales they tend to sound comical in parts because they are scripted like a song or poem – you get to know the chorus’s which adds to their allure that keeps you reading. This is particularly the case with this fable, the reluctant husband is going out to the sea each day summoning this great fish and asking for prosperously big wishes to be granted. Inevitably in the end the husband and wife don’t ‘live happily ever after’ living off her wishes, as after all this is no fairy tale.

You can find a bigger scale of this design in my portfolio by clicking on Fable Designs