Saturday, 14 February 2015

The Proclamation

The scene has moved inside, Tsar and daughter proudly awaiting the ship that will fly.


Very dependent on photographs for this picture, I wanted an authentically Russian interior and dress.

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  1. Hello, Charlotte! I am impressed at how seriously you prepare for your new drawings! I understand you completely well, because I do a research, too, before writing a play or starting directing.
    Maybe this blog post will help you in a way...
    http://artbynatalya.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-tale-of-tzar-saltan.html
    This artist - Natalya, works with fabric and threads, but every year makes the costumes for a play in a Russian school in New York.

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    1. Thank you Rossi, they are beautiful. I am enjoying the research nearly as much as the drawings. Though, the more I looked at the different interiors for the Russian palaces, the more panicked I felt at drawing them. I am not naturally competent with buildings and they are so ornate.

      I think I may go and have another look at Natalya's work in more detail. It is exquisite. xxx

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    2. We have lots of books with Russian fairytales here, in Bulgaria. We used to read them a lot, when I was a child. I could search some illustrations for you, but after a week, because I am leaving tomorrow morning for another city to continue my rehearsals of "Rapunzel".
      I am so glad that you liked the costumes!
      Maybe Natalya could give you the links to her similar posts from the last couple of years...

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  2. Wonderful Charlotte! You're so talented.... admire all the research and detail going into this project.

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    1. Thank you. I know there is a terrible chasm between the Tsars and their people but the clothes and interiors are gorgeous.

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  3. Lovely drawings Charlotte :) I love Russian art and architecture, it's so beautiful and inspiring. One of my favourite Russian artforms is stop frame animation, especially Yuri Norstein. You might have come across his little films on Youtube?
    Jess xx

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    1. Same here Jess. As a child, I always preferred the stories from Eastern Europe to the French tradition of fairy tales. There is an epic sweep to the stories. Add in the gorgeous illustrations and the art and I could be immersed for hours.
      Yuri Norstein's Hedgehog in the fog is a favourite and I have very fond memories of the Czech Animations from the 70s

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    1. Thanks Mo, it caused me a lot of angst as it is so small, about the size of a thumb print. I have been loving your prints as you post them.

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  5. That headdress and the interior design are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comments. Since this was posted the picture is nearly finished. Needless to say, not plain sailing at all and there has been much removal of pencil (using the old trick of white bread). I am going to be glad to return to the outdoors and leave the Tsar behind.

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