Thursday, May 17, 2012

Illustration: Princess & The Pea

Finally got this one cleared off my desk. You may remember it from back in February, when I posted a sneak peek and a link to a colouring page version. There wasn't any particular rush for it, so it's been on the backburner for a while, while other things occupied my time. But at last it's finished!

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This is to go in my portfolio, intended as a series of about four, though how many more I can get done before I send my portfolio off to the SCBWI Conference Portfolio Showcase in Sydney early next month is .... debatable. =P Wish me luck there!
And no, she's not the most cheerful of princesses. I don't believe that a real princess would be at all pleased if first she got drenched in the rain, and then she was given a lumpy bed!

Winsor & Newton watercolours on 300gsm medium Arches watercolour paper. Text added in photoshop, and may undergo some changes. 


  1. This is really a wonderful illustration! And the text has been treated so beautifully around it. Love the perspective and the textures of the watercolor.

    1. Oh, thank you so much Jourmana! =) That's interesting, because I've had other comments that don't like the text. =P I'm thinking I might slightly change its alignment so it's better in line with the bed....
      This watercolour paper has a lovely visual texture, but it does sap the brightness from the paint a bit, so I have to do more layers than usual. One day I'll find the perfect paper!

  2. I really love this illustration... very clever and great fun :)

    1. Thanks so much, Petra! I got tired of seeing all those happy princesses in that enormous bed. =P



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