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)


  1. Kim says:

    They are absolutely remarkable. I admire your ambition!


  2. Gala says:

    Oof. You are brilliant.


  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.


  4. Lil says:

    So cute! I love the little house.


  5. Belinda says:

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


  6. czina says:

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


  7. vic says:

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


  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..


  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…


  10. pia says:

    these are stunning! really beautiful.


  11. Blondie says:

    Those are great, I really like them!


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


  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!


  14. Kristina says:

    That mini house looks so… cosy!


  15. noshi says:

    wow those are wonderful!! so inspiring!


  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.


  17. asta says:

    so amazing i cant even handle it


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