Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Some rabbits I like












Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, by Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney.


















A rabbit (and his dogfriend) in a carving in the Romanesque church of Saint Mary and Saint David in Kilpeck, Herefordshire, England, 12th century.
Photo by Simon Garbutt (thanks).













The one-eared rabbit Bongo from Life in Hell, by Matt Groening, one of my favorite artists.



















A rabbit (or is it a hare?) by Albrecht Dürer. It’s a watercolor and gouache drawing on paper dated 1502, conserved at the Albertina collection in Vienna, Austria.














A revengeful one from Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann.


















From the picture book Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. First published by Harper&Row in 1962, I think.













My Rabbit.













Roasted rabbit. Feel free to email me for a translation of the recipe.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The jaguar


The jaguar was my favorite animal when I was a kid. At the Natural History Museum in Milan, Italy, where I grew up, there was a wonderful display with a jaguar fighting with an anteater. I was fascinated by it. Anyway, when I began planning the toucan spread for the book, with a scene from an Amazon-like forest, I decided to draw the picture of a jaguar in it. As reference, I don't usually look at photographs as I prefer to use old paintings and prints. I like to see how other artists have interpreted the same things I am about to draw. So, here are a couple of pictures I found, the preparatory sketch, and the final drawing as it appears in the book.





Thursday, October 15, 2009