We're All Mad Here - Alice in Wonderland Commission
September 4, 2017
I have always loved Alice in Wonderland. From watching the Disney movie and reading the book as a little girl, to performing as the 9 of Diamonds in a stage production for Valley Youth Theater as a teenager, Alice has popped up in my life quite a few times. Several years ago I started a bunch of sketches of some of Wonderland's silly plants, including an operatic rose, a dandy lion, and a tiger lily. Unfortunately, I didn't end up finishing any of those paintings. In fact, most didn't even make it past the quick sketch page. They mostly were started when I received a few suggestions from friends. So... not quite commissions... and not quite my own ideas. In the end, they've sat in a sketch book only to be breezed over occasionally with a half-hearted "I should paint those some day."
Then I got a message from a friend requesting Alice in Wonderland paintings with subjects I hadn't even considered (or, quite frankly, remembered): a Rocking-horse Fly and Bread-and-Butterfly.
Here's some images from the book and movie:
My friend commissioning the paintings wanted to go more of the Disney route than the slightly creepier novel illustrations. From there, I got to sketching:
And finally, a finished set of paintings!
Obviously, I had to sneak my botany in there! I definitely relied heavily on my references, while trying to make it a little less cartoon like. Just a smidge.
Once again, a tiny bit out of my comfort zone, but still with a healthy amount of green plant life! Overall, I think they turned out pretty cute.
What's next? Well, a Punnett Square painting of Mendel's famous purple and white flowers, of course!
p.s. These Alice paintings will be available as prints in a few weeks, along with the seahorse and the Punnett Square!
*The original reference photos and artwork style are borrowed from Disney. This artwork is merely fanart!