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.