Wonderland: Rabbit Hole

“He saw nothing but doom hanging over Russia as the war dragged on.”

(Rappaport, 2014 p. 276)

For the Rabbit Hole scene I wanted to illustrate a sort of timeline of the Russian Revolution and played around with ideas before deciding on just including symbolic imagery associated with the revolution. For example, I drew Nicholas II on one side with Faberge Eggs and a crucifix to represent Imperial Russia and the devotion to religion and on the opposing side I drew Lenin and soldiers to symbolise the revolution and the war. At the top I included propaganda flags and the bottom features the stairs and basement of the Ipatiev House where the Romanov family was killed. Alice meanwhile is in the centre of all this chaos and the overall image creates a sense of oncoming doom which is what I wanted and why I choose the quote above to accompany my image.

Rappaport, H. (2014). Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses. London, UK: Macmillan

Wonderland: Gilded Cage

This is the first image from Wonderland project. It was mainly inspired by my research into the Romanov family rather than a scene from the Alice novel so it was quite hard to place in my book at first, however I ended up using it for the front cover. The main idea behind the image is the overprotection of the Romanov sisters by their mother Alexandra. They had lived sheltered lives and were very naive to the world and this is something I really wanted to illustrate and thought that the image of a Faberge Egg would work very well as it is a symbolises imperial Russia as well as motherhood and protection and emphasises the idea of these girls living in a gilded cage. I created the image by creating a stencil of the egg and screenprinting it red before working back into it with waterclour, pencil and gold and silver ink.

Wonderland Project.

In 2015, for the final project of my degree, I illustrated ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll with a historical twist. I set Alice within the Russian Revolution and told not only her story, but the story of the Romanov family using the works of Helen Rappaport, Edvard Radzinsky and of course Lewis Caroll as reference.

As next month will mark the 100th anniversary of the Romanovs deaths, I decided to reblog my final images of the project in the days leading up the anniversary. So look out for more posts throughout the rest of this month and continuing into July to see my illustrations and to read about my thoughts behind them.

For now here’s some early development work for that project.


The Romanovs Sketchbook I

Next month will mark the 100th anniversary of the deaths of the Romanov family, and as you may know from my blog, I’m very interested in the family and have drawn them multiple times.
Due to the anniversary coming up, I’ve decided to create more art in honour of it, starting with these portraits. I normally draw portraits in an A5 sketchbook, but for the Romanovs I’ve decided to start a sketchbook dedicated to portraits of them.

I’ve started with Nicholas and Alexandra and continued to draw each of they’re children, the two eldest Olga and Tatiana being above. I’ve drawn these in an A4 sketchbook in order to add more detail to the portraits as I sometimes struggle to in an A5 sketchbook.

Above are the two middle children, Maria and Anastasia, and below the youngest, Alexei. Even though I’ve drawn these with the intention of including more detail, I on times found it difficult to expand my drawings and ending drawing them quite small, small enough to have fit in an A5 sketchbook ironically.

Life Drawing 03/05/18

I’ve managed to attend Life Drawing for quite a few weeks now which has been great, but due to Mermay taking up a lot of my time, I haven’t been posting it on here.
I’ve got a few weeks worth of work to upload, starting with this set which I drew the beginning of last month. I ended up using a lot of life drawing poses for my mermaid work so they really came in handy.
This session included a really inserting pose of a back view of the model, a pose which I believe I haven’t drawn before, or at least not often.

Book of Portraits, Part 50: Edwardian Lady

I drew these portraits a while ago now, but like my previous post, I’m only now getting round to posting them on here. They’re based on photographs of an Edwardian Lady I saw on Tumblr, but unfortunately I don’t know who she as as the original post didn’t include any information.
I try my best to continue drawing in my portrait sketchbook, and regularly save images to use as reference but I’ve been lacking with drawing in it lately, however I have got a few things on the go for June and July.

Book of Portraits, Part 49: Swansea Museum

With work and Mermay last month, I’ve fallen behind on posting a few things on here, like sketches from my portrait sketchbook. I’ve got quite a few things to post and will hopefully get that done through this week.

I visited Swansea Museum earlier this year and took a few photos of different portraits there and I then used these photos as reference for these drawings. The drawings are of Elinor Amy Dillwyn Llewelyn, Thereza Llewelyn and Dorothy Mary Watson.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take notes of the story behind these photographs, so can’t give you any information on the individuals involved. However, I would like to go to Swansea museum drawing soon and will be sure to take note that time.