Friday, April 30, 2010

Alice, roughs 10/14

Note : I am posting the progression of these Alice pieces, start to finish. This stage is the rough + color study.

From Alice in Wonderland, Chapter 9, The Mock Turtle's Story :
"They very soon came upon a Gryphon, lying fast asleep in the sun. 'Up, lazy thing!' said the Queen, 'and take this young lady to see the Mock Turtle, and to hear his history. I must go back and see after some executions I have ordered'; and she walked off, leaving Alice alone with the Gryphon. Alice did not quite like the look of the creature, but on the whole she thought it would be quite as safe to stay with it as to go after that savage Queen: so she waited.

The Gryphon sat up and rubbed its eyes: then it watched the Queen till she was out of sight: then it chuckled. `What fun!' said the Gryphon, half to itself, half to Alice.

'What is the fun?' said Alice.

'Why, she,' said the Gryphon. 'It's all her fancy, that: they never executes nobody, you know. Come on!'

'Everybody says "come on!" here,' thought Alice, as she went slowly after it: 'I never was so ordered about in all my life, never!' "

The Gryphon.

This one is interesting in that I've already had a little practice with it, you might say. I took this thumbnail to completion back in February for the Gallery Nucleus Alice show, "Curiouser and Curiouser" I did the piece at 8x10 so, due to the size, it was difficult to get some things right. Things weren't meant to be drawn small.

All of these new pieces are 11x14, a much more agreeable size to my hand.

Here is the piece that went to the show.

Next post, Monday : "What is his sorrow?"

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