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.

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