I have been continuing my project of illustrating Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant and thought I would give a brief update of my progress. I am currenty sketching out the remainder of my final images while also making changes to some of the illustrations I have previously posted as I am not entirely happy with them.
These four sketches included in this post are of the four seasons which in my illustration of the tale I have decided to personify as Goddess like beings. I am using them for my end papers and will hopefully find some way to include them in more of the illustrations. I have already made composition ideas for the end papers involving the four seasons, however I wanted the seasons to become more ‘real’ and decided to include a bit of movement and characterisation in my depection of them.
I began by looking at symbols and meanings of the four seasons in order to help with this and came up with these quick sketches as a result. For Spring, I included a lamb to represent birth and growth. Summer was quite difficult and so I ended up just having her holding some sunflowers while Autumn is holding a cornucopia to represent the Autumn harvest. Winter was rather diffucult as well and so I ended up just illustrating her on her own to represent loneliness and the quietness of Winter and snow. I kept the designs of the characters simply medieval rather than using over the top imagery to represent the seasons as I wanted them to fit in easily with the world within the story and a big influence behind this was Mucha’s depcition of the seasons, work which I greatly admire. I will continue to update my progress on the project and am hoping to do so soon, these sketches were simply a way for me to get back into the project and get it rolling again.