Apple Tree

This poem is about an apple tree, sun (who falls in love with apple tree), apple, an angry caterpillar (who doesn’t get an apple), happy children and apple cake. I’ve managed to include almost everything except apple cake.

watercolor
watercolor
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Reading Together

The series of illustrations with the little blond boy is coming to the end. One more picture, and it’s finished. At the moment, the boy and his mum are reading Bible together. This is a very peaceful story with extremally good child and tender mom. Very well! We don’t live in ideal world, but we can read about one.

watercolor, crayons and digital edition
watercolor, crayons and digital edition

What Does The Old Clock Remember

“What Does The Old Clock  Remember” is the title of next poem for elder children by Mrs. Nazimek.  So, what does the clock remember? The time, when outside the kitchen’s window there were horse carts, not cars, and Granny was a miss, strong and cheerful girl. This is traditional ink-and-watercolor drawing with some digital elements. I’ve added two  ellipses around the clock and a few triangles in Overlay mode (to make a time vortex…). Eyes were redrawn, too, to make eye pupils sharp. There’s not a word about dwarves in the poem, but Mira asked for dwarves. She belives there must be some in every grannie’s kitchen.

The Old Clock in Grannie's Kitchen

The Gardener and the Apple Problem

Back to  Andersen story… 

The Gardener

Big Fun Little App

A new iPhone application is born, Big Fun Little App by KoongFoo. A year ago I’ve drawn characters for this project: a bunch of domestic animals, including this little sheep. I’m almost sorry I’m not iPhone user. Well, I’m not the right age, too. I hope Piotr and his friend (Koongfoo is two talented people from Warsaw) will be doing great with their app.Little Lamb

Two Savant Ladies

Rain has come and temperature went down to +16C, we can breathe again.  Twenty degrees in 30 hours – the starting point was +36.  I hope this will stop now, or tomorrow it may be snowing.  I’ve just finished illustration to the next poem. It summarizes an erudite discussion; two scientists are deliberating upon silence. There are two personal informations about ladies,: one of them likes sweets, and another one – climbing trees. So she doesn’t sit up there by mistake. I don’t make so big mistakes at +16. Two days ago this would be possible, yes.

watercolor, ink
watercolor, ink

 

Winter Train

Illustration to another children poem by the same author, Jadwiga Nazimek. This one is for elder children and it’s a bit more complicated. It’s about going away on train one winter, through the snowy forest, and when you look closely you will see the forest is full of magical creatures, shining eyes and talking mushrooms. In short, a jungle in snow. A few inks on gray paper (black, blue, white) and crayons. I will add some digital edition to make lamps more glowing, I guess. At the moment this is still traditional drawing.

Winter Train

Sheep

Ten sheep going down the road in sunny environment, and one of them is a horse in disguise, yes. It’s one more children poem written by Mira’s friend. This friend is Jadwiga (= Hedwig) Nazimek and she’s publishing her poems in internet (only in Polish, I’m afraid). I’ve never met Mrs. Nazimek, but she must be an interesting person;  her main hobbies are writing for kids and training karate. Next two poems I’ve got to illustrate are for elder kids and they are still funnier. Here I’ve discovered I lack a word – they are funny, true, but this is not exactly what I meant – and I’ve had a look to dictionary. This is good side of writing in English for me. Sometimes I need to work on my vocabulary. I’ve found “snazzy”, but the word doesn’t tell me anything. If “snazzy” tells the difference between “Alice in Wonderland” and “Little Princess”, this is it.

Watercolor, acrylic, crayons.
Watercolor, acrylic, crayons.

The Mansion

The gardener has been finished in the meantime and this is the whole illustration; him, the mansion where he works, and these ugly empty trees he wanted to cut down.

watercolor & ink
watercolor & ink