Before Christmas I blogged about the first of the three new pieces that I illustrated for the collaborative calendar project that I’m part of. I’m working with the fabulous Angela Matteson, Juana Martinez-Neal, and Maria Bogade and we’re at an exciting stage of the process at the moment. Several hundred calendars are in the process of being packaged up & mailed out across Europe and the States… it’ll be very interesting to see what happens with it all!
Above: illustrations by my ladies! (Left to right) Angela Matteson, Maria Bogade, Juana Martinez-Neal
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So now I can share the second piece I created for the calendar! The story I chose was Sleeping Beauty… and again going for lots of drama, I decided to illustrate the moment when the evil fairy puts the curse on Sleeping Beauty as a baby, as revenge for not being invited to the celebration of the princess’s birth.
As I wrote in my last post about this series, I was interested in bringing in some elements of film noir and melodrama. I wanted the angles of this piece to create a lot of drama and emphasize the sense of disruption and calamity that are central to this scene in the story. Below you can see my thumbnail, followed by my detailed rough where I was starting to work out the lighting. I loved the idea of the evil fairy being almost silhouetted against light from the doorway as she bursts in… and casting a shadow on the floor. I realised that l’d almost unconsciously mirrored the shape of her skirt in the shape of the king and queen on the left, with the queen’s hair and the king’s right arm.
And here’s the finished pencil drawing before I added colour and texture in Photoshop:
So along with the princess pricking her finger, these are the first of my two calendar illustrations.
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If you’d like to buy the calendar it’s now selling at a January discount price of just £4.00 and all proceeds will go towards our printing costs. If you live in Europe or the US… you can also buy the calendar from the other ladies who may be based nearer to where you live. Check the list of shops on the website… Juana and Angela are in the US and Maria’s in Germany.
We’re also currently doing a giveaway! We’ll all be blogging about our calendar pieces over the next few weeks, and to be in with a chance of winning a calendar, just leave a comment on any of our blogs. You have until the 20th of January… Good luck!