Alice in Wonderland - illustration series


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    Very cute and colorful! The only thing that jumps out for me is the strong texture on her skin. It almost looks hairy πŸ™‚ I"n not bothered by the number of fingers, though. And I love her hair!


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    Fun Design! Looking forward to seeing more of your experiments! πŸ™‚


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    Pencil of the first of the five illustrations: "Off with her head! Feedback welcome!
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    @smceccarelli Love the costume design of the Queen!! - for feedback my first thought is that if you were to take Alice's feet and legs and flip them horizontally so that her left foot was leading that her pose would work better with the twist in her torso and shoulder girdle - one other thought is that the Queen could possibly be made to be more menacing? here are my random thoughts on this....Maybe increase the Queen's scale a bit? Make her shouting more pronounced? Overlap a couple of hearts behind Alice to show more danger? Increase the diameter of the scepter's handle slightly? Possibly increase the scale of the Queen and arch her a bit over or toward Alice....I'm liking the arching toward her idea πŸ™‚ none of these ideas are important really - they are just thoughts along the line of how to make the Queen more menacing which does not necessarily need to happen - This is a beautiful drawing!!


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    @kevin-longueil YouΒ΄re a star, all your comments are spot on! I will implement them all!


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    Wow the queen is amazing! Quick note, Alice looks like her left hand is flipping us off.


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    Second illustration pencil pass - the Cheshire cat.
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  • I really like this style. It is very whimsical and professional. Alice and Wonderland is such a tried and true staple of children's books that it can look very samey. You have made it your own. Good luck.


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    @smceccarelli Love it!


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    Great project, I love this style looking forward to seeing more



  • I love this take on the Cheshire Cat.


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    Well, this one was a difficult birth - 50 things all over again, and the perspective drove me nuts. Feedback on composition is highly welcome and if you spot any mistakes in the perspective...I am too tired to see them.

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    No 4 - "You are only just a bunch of cards"...The card figures are going to be done at the color stage, as it is easier to trace them directly from real cards. Almost time to start thinking about color...one more pencil to do.
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    @smceccarelli Your drawings are so nice!! For feedback on the Tea Party i am wondering if The Mad Hatter and Alice could be closer to us? Maybe more clutter in the background too unless it is supposed to be less cluttered there - i have not read this in a while so i don't remember the details of the Tea Party very well but the drawing is great.

    For the "dashing the house of cards" drawing i had a few thoughts - it might be good to see a bit more of Alice especially one of here feet - i feel like she just swatted the cards away and that her eyes should be on the spot that she just hit...it looks like she is looking at her hand and it is making her hand seem very important - i thought that maybe making the most pronounced of the cards be closer to the bottom right of a rule of thirds composition might look good so i tried it really quickly to see - possibly changing her hand to be slightly more closed? I was wondering if the hair could add to the sense of movement or slight twirling that i am imagining that she just did and thought that raising her hair away from her neck might help with the sense of motion - really great work as always! (love the Ginko leaves πŸ™‚
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    @kevin-longueil Thank you Kevin, this is very very useful - I will go back to this drawing and change things around following your suggestions - which are all very very valid, as always! I have already made changes to the mad hatter drawing adding a section at the top. I am still pondering wether to cut a section at the bottom (which would bring them closer), but now they are at the third line, so maybe it works. I have also rearranged some of the objects to have a better flow. The queen drawing is also edited following your thinking (and much better for it). I will post all five together when they are finished. Trying to balance the need of the timelines (deadline is mid-November) with trying to do the best work I can possibly do...


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    And last one - through the rabbit hole.
    Now one day for correcting and improving and adjusting, one day for color studies and on to color. How do they work together? I have to submit prints and have a maximum sheet size of 13" x 16" either orientation. Would you print the finals all on the same size sheets leaving white space around or trim them to size leaving just a border around (or full bleed?)? Need to decide on final size before starting on finals....

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  • Can I just say how much I LOVE the up/down text?

    These are all amazing, seeing your process and the feedback has been so helpful. Thank you for sharing!

    As to your questions.... I personally prefer the white border (over full bleed), and would likely trim them to keep the border thickness consistent - like you've done in the collage. Mostly hope that you get the most size you can squeeze out with each format because there are so many wonderful details to look at.

    ~ Pam


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    @smceccarelli Love the Rabbit Hole drawing! I agree with Pam about the border looking nice too. Do you think you will continue with this series? Are you submitting through SCBWI or will your rep be representing you in Bologna? Either way good luck to you - this a very impressive group of images!


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    @kevin-longueil @Pam-Boutilier thank you so much for the feedback! I will keep the white border then - I agree with your judgement.
    I am submitting with the SCBWI extension, which is until Dec 2nd. The prints need to be physically in Bologna by then, so I am leaving two weeks for printing and shipment, which gives me three weeks to complete with color.
    What with the expense and the loss of time, I really hate print submissions....
    The illustrators accepted into the showcase (only about a third or a quarter of the submissions, I believe) get free access to the conference, plus a page in the conference annual. My agent would not be there in any case (she does not travel to Bologna), but for me it's only about 300 miles away - so if I get a spot it would be a good deal...
    As for continuing beyond five, it depends how I like the style when they are finished. This is a bit of an experiment for me, it's much more design-driven than usual and I am a bit out of my comfort zone...



  • @smceccarelli all so lovely--my favorites are the chesire cat (unique) and the bunny hole


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