'The Snowman'. First published in 1978 it's a picture book without words, that was made into an animated film in 1982.
The story is about a young English boy who makes a snowman one Christmas Eve. The snowman comes alive at midnight and the two share a delightful adventure before the snowman takes the boy on a magical trip to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.
If you have a spare 25 minutes it's worth watching The Snowman on You Tube for the animation, and also a beautiful video to watch with children - it so reminds me of my childhood as this was played every Christmas. Just seeing the snow and the excitment of the little boy takes me back to snowy winters in England a very long time ago!
A few weeks ago I posted about some teacup artwork I had been comissioned to work on. I'd been asked to create a watercolour piece for a 40th birthday gift, featuring some of the recipients vintage teacups and saucers handed down from her Grandmother. It's been a really lovely project to work on, and very special that it was a for a significant birthday gift as well as the really personal element with the family heirloom china.
After selecting the chinaware to use and placing it into a suitable arrangement, I started the illustration by sketching out the individual pieces directly onto Arches Smooth 185gsm Watercolour paper. I then initially applied light washes of grey hues to the teacups, gradually building up the layers to create the shape, form and shadows of each teacup.
Once the shading was completed I started to paint the gold rims of each cup, followed by the detail of each cups pattern over the top of the grey shadows. Again this was done with washes of colour, starting quite lightly and free and gradually building up to the finer details and intricate patterns.