“Alice and the Mock Turtle”
Pen & ink with watercolor on paper
Arthur Rackham is one of my favorite children’s book illustrators. In order to better understand his technique and improve my skills, I copied one of his illustrations from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1907).
I used pen and ink with watercolor. It took me a good 12-15 hours to complete – and even then, I didn’t get around to finishing all the details. I did it freehand without tracing or taking measurements so it’s a bit off in terms of proportion and composition… and that’s okay. It was about the process rather than trying to make it a perfect copy. It was a very interesting exercise – I think you can learn a lot by studying great artists. If one day, I could come anywhere near his brilliance, I’d be very happy.
You can see the original below: