Deep in the forest of Russian fairyland…

February 25th, 2008


(The Hut In The Forest)

These are illustrations from a uni project I was working on a few weeks ago, when I was having my blogging block :P.
Old Peter’s Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome was the book I chose to illustrate (you can read it in full at the link if you fancy it) because I recognised a lot of the stories from my childhood, though I think some things got lost in translation in this version! Some of it makes very little sense.

Anyway, I’m pretty happy with how these turned out. I spent days making the cardboard house and the sets (everything is basically made out of paper) before going at it with lamps and torches and coloured gels for lighting. I wanted it to look a bit fake and hodgepodge, like a slightly rubbish toy theatre.


(The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship)

18 Comments

  1. Kim says:

    They are absolutely remarkable. I admire your ambition!

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  2. Gala says:

    Oof. You are brilliant.

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  3. Eugene says:

    These are magnificent, especially the boat. It could very well be the flying ship in which Peter Pan returns Wendy and her family back home to England. Gorgeous.

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  4. Lil says:

    So cute! I love the little house.

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  5. Belinda says:

    these kind of reminded me a little of Yuri Norstein, whose animations I highly recommend if you haven’t already seen.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkdklcGbojc

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  6. czina says:

    i love the way it looks…the ship is great!

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  7. vic says:

    I am in love with these, your blog and just you in general really.

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  8. Lil says:

    i’m doing a project just like this right now! yours looks fantastic. i love ‘the fool of the world…’, a film/animation company called Cosgrove Hall who are based in my home town did a fantastic production of it..

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  9. Kate says:

    I hope you don’t mind but I’ve awarded you the “you make my day” award, I’m a big fan of your blog and your work, the house looks absolutely beautiful, what a wonderful idea!

    Here is the post…http://little-doodles.blogspot.com/2008/02/you-make-my-day.html
    Thanks!

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  10. pia says:

    these are stunning! really beautiful.

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  11. Blondie says:

    Those are great, I really like them!

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  12. that ship is amazing. you are so awesome.

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  13. Alice says:

    This is a lovely use of photography in illustration! Always enjoy your photos and seems a shame to keep them separate. Really new and exciting, hope to see more!

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  14. Kristina says:

    That mini house looks so… cosy!

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  15. noshi says:

    wow those are wonderful!! so inspiring!

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  16. just found your blog via vic’s post.
    so happy to have found you!
    i love these, they are so sweet…and i think you captured it just how you wanted to.

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  17. asta says:

    so amazing i cant even handle it

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