Deep in the forest of Russian fairyland...
25 February 08
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.