“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