Jun 30, 2010

Lieutenant Hamelin & his singing mouse



The Pied Piper of Hamelin was the first story I illustrated while I was in art school. The old version of the piper was a rather naive watercolour and will never appear on this blog, this is the new one I recently finished.
It's a contribution to a wonderful group project called Colonel Windpipe's Musical Brigade, run by the very nice and talented Lesley Barnes and Uberkraaft. (click on the names to visit their websites!) You can see some of the submissions to this project on the blog here and more recruits waiting for friday's inspection in the Flickr Group Pool here

It was a very fun illustration to work on and an extra push to step outside my comfort zone and create a "bad guy" for once. There are many textures and little details in this illustration, including a brand new set of brushes I made using some of my grandma's doilies (the veins around his eyes). Click on the full image to see a larger version.

12 comments:

Purdy said...

Absolutely brilliant Gaia :)

Alicia Padrón said...

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh wow, wow, wow!
This is so amazing Gaia!!!! Super! :o)

Eric Barclay said...

Gaia, this is absolutely wonderful. My jaw is on the floor. Wow.

Faruffa said...

Magistrale!!!
mi piace tantissimo anche in tutti i suoi incredibili e meravigliosi particolari.

Amalia K said...

Hello Gaia, how are you? I hope you've been well. :)

It's wonderful to come back to your blog to find this extraordinary little monkey! I love the different textures you use in him, and the details are amazing!

Anyway, so glad I came to see this, I always love your wonderful characters. :))

MerryDay said...

I love it! This illustration is gorgeous.
Wish I could see you do the whole story :-)

Charles Santoso said...

Lovely character, Gaia! :)

Roland said...

Gorgeous blog. Wonderful work. Glad to have found you.

sketchbooksafari said...

This is Incredible Gaia, wow

Aleta Vidal said...

i love it!

The Ink House said...

What cool illustrations. Love your blog!

Dzhony_df said...

like!