Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Alice, rough 2/14

From Alice in Wonderland, Chapter 1, Down the Rabbit-Hole :
"Suddenly she came upon a little three-legged table, all made of solid glass; there was nothing on it except a tiny golden key, and Alice's first thought was that it might belong to one of the doors of the hall; but, alas! either the locks were too large, or the key was too small, but at any rate it would not open any of them. However, on the second time round, she came upon a low curtain she had not noticed before, and behind it was a little door about fifteen inches high: she tried the little golden key in the lock, and to her great delight it fitted!"

The Glass Table.

Alice in Wonderland has been done so many times by so many brilliant artists that I think the temptation can go both ways -- an illustrated moment works so you go with that even if it's familiar. It's worked for 150 years because it's good. Or you go the complete unconventional route. Which I'm sure some people to make work but for me that felt like I was trying too hard, it needed to be more natural. What I've tried to do with all of these pieces is strike a balance between familiar characters and moments and other moments, like the Glass Table, that I don't remember ever seeing illustrated before. Either way it's terribly difficult to go wrong with subject matter as captivating as this.

Here's an alternate coloring study for this one. It's possible for this one that when I come to drawing the final I think I might tighten up the focus on Alice and the table, bring it in a little closer.

Next post, Wednesday : "I wish I hadn't cried so much!"


Larry MacDougall said...

Cory - these are really terrific.

Anonymous said...

looks like the start of a great piece. I think i favor the blue scheme.