Montague Mouse: Almost Lost Sketch © Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2017

Montague Mouse: Poster Set – Under Drawings

Montague Mouse: Flower Field Sketch © Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2017
Montague Mouse: Almost Lost Sketch II © Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2017
Montague Mouse: Almost Lost Sketch II © Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2017
Montague Mouse: Almost Lost Sketch II © Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2017
Montague Mouse: The North Star Sketch © Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2017
Montague Mouse: The North Star Sketch © Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2017

[This post first appeared on MontagueMouse.com 02/14/17]

When I was a child my grandmother had this painting hanging on her wall which showed a little cottage tucked in between a woodland and snow-clad mountains, with a dirt road winding its way up to the cottage. Partially spurred on by Narnia, I would stare at it and imagine what it would be like to wander up that dirt road and what adventures might lie hidden in the forest. I so wanted to walk into that painting.

I always remember that feeling and I always chase it to this day when creating my own artwork.  I also often obsess about carrying a particular feeling or mood across. I am currently working on a poster set for Montague Mouse and I wanted the posters to not only be beautiful; something you really want to hang on your wall but to also inspire that feeling of adventure and wonder. To make the viewer think about what it would be like to walk around inside the scene and be a part of the adventure. Of course that is easier said than done, but it is good to have something to strive for! Don’t you think?

For now here are the four drawings I came up with. “The Merry Band 01” didn’t quite capture the feeling I wanted so I drew a new version, which is the headed drawing for this post. It’s much closer to what I was aiming for so that will be part of the final poster set.

Once the posters are complete I hope to run a little Kickstarter and do a limited edition print set of them. Stay tuned for more information on that. Meanwhile, you can follow the illustration process on my Instagram where I post snapshots of my working process.

Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

1 Comment

  • Alexandra Rena

    14.02.2017 at 12:18 Reply

    These are marvelous! I am very much looking forward to seeing the coloring process unfold. 🙂

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