Thursday 31 May 2018

Mr Toad In Court

'Mr Toad In Court'
watercolour and gouache
51 x 39cm
Last week I completed this complicated scene from 'The Wind In The Willows'. Mr Toad has been brought in front of a judge to hear his sentence for stealing a car and driving recklessly.

My rough drawing. Compared with the finished painting you can see I made some changes, especially on the faces.
I followed all the usual procedures on the creation of this illustration. Thumbnails, rough preparatory drawing, transferred pencil onto watercolour paper, sepia underpainting, watercolour work and finally gouache finishing touches. Nothing out of the ordinary. Therefore, in this post, I have chosen to highlight some of the details in the painting that are not immediately obvious, but I feel make a difference in how you read the image.

A spiky friendship
I've 'raised the bar'

Both my wife and myself make cameo appearances in this scene. I appear to have changed profession, and Suzanne now hangs out with hedgehogs.
I detest littering.
The discarded 'Times' newspaper headline reads MR TOAD ON TRIAL. Note the burnt out matches on the table used to light the table candles when the sun drops.

Vicky is not amused.
Queen Victoria is quite shocked at Toad's sentence (or is she showing disapproval?). Also the human and owl judge have their own painted portrait in the corner, just above peeling wallpaper.


Carmen said...

Such attention to detail Chris, well done.

Chris Dunn said...

Thanks Carmen :)

Unknown said...

Beautiful design. I learn a lot of things from you. Thanks.
Vector line art

Rita Dresken said...

I have just discovered these marvellous illustrations - they are awesome beautiful. I can not believe it, always thought that there would never be drawings as genious as the ones of revered Inga Moore. I have to admit, they come very close to them - but don't ask me from which side. ;-)

Rita, Cologne, Germany