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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Carry


(From The Tale of Peter Rabbit )
3 x 5 inches
Watercolor and India Ink

While working on my main project, I thought I'd try my hand at illustrating a character from Peter Rabbit for the weekly theme of "Carry". (link)  I always thought it was a very sad moment in the story, when Peter realizes that he's trapped in Mr. MacGregor's garden and no one can help him get out of his self-inflicted situation.  The mouse in Beatrix Potter's charming illustration is so tiny, that as a girl I used to wonder what she would look like if I could somehow pop into the story for a better look at her.  If I'd more time I would have put a proper frock on Mrs. Mouse, but seeing as Beatrix showed her going without, I figured a simple rendering was good enough. 
 

6 comments:

Stephen Macquignon said...

great looking mouse

Bron Smith said...

I like your line and wash well rendered style. Thanks for the comment on my Trowbridge Chronicles.

Adrienne said...

I love your mouse illustration -- so realistic but still kid friendly.

Sarah Melling said...

This is so beautiful. And it especially makes me smile because, years ago, my son played this mouse (pea in the mouth and all) in his second grade class' performance of Peter Rabbit.

Love the last post of the small girl as well....beautiful color pallette.

dosankodebbie said...

I agree with Adrienne. The mouse is realistic, yet whimsical and personable. The color of the pea makes such a nice contrast with the color of the mouse's fur. Thanks so much for visiting my etegami blog. :)

Laura G. Young said...

Stephen -- Thanks!

Bron -- Not at all. :) I.F. is a great community, isn't it?

Adrienne -- So glad to hear. I do tend towards realism, but hope to still convey a spark of personality in my work.

Sarah -- Really? How adorable! And thanks for the nod to the color on the other piece. Can't tell you how much I struggled with it...

dosankodebbie -- Thanks so very much. I'll have to visit again to see what you do next...