Thursday, April 7, 2011

EDM 291 - book illustration

EDM 291 - draw an illustration for the cover of your favourite book.

The Shire
Well, this has taken me a while.... Simultaneously as this challenge came out I got as homework for my illustrations course to make a series of illustrations for a book, so I thought I would kill two birds with one stone, and did my all time favourite - the Lord of the rings. This turned out to be harder than I could imagine since there was so much pressure from all those years of reading and imagining, watching the movie, admiring the drawings of Alan Lee... well, you get the idea.

Old man willow
Anyway, to make a long story short, I ended up doing six illustrations, in two completely different styles. All of them from a passage in the book which never turned up in the movie, namely the trip through the Old Forest. My art teacher liked the ink drawings but thought the "classic" watercolours were dead boring. Other people I have asked have had a completely different opinion... I would love to hear yours!

Goldberry, ink and watercolour
Tom Bombadill, ink and watercolour

Goldberry, watercolour

Tom Bombadill, watercolour


  1. Gorgeous illustrations! =)

  2. I like them! They all look great, but you have a particular knack for painting lily pads!

  3. I think you did well with all of them, how about illustrating a line from your favourite song (see the edm list)

  4. These are lovely! I really like the watercolors.

  5. I like the ink drawings too, show more originality.

  6. I think they're all lovely! And I agree with Colleen in that the lily pads are very well done!