Generally speaking, I consider myself to be an artistic control freak. Before diving into a painting, I usually gather boatloads of reference, hash out pages of thumbnails, polished sketches and color comps before I ever start on the finished product. This time, I didn’t do any of that. The only draft of this painting is the final one. Which is kind of fitting, I guess, since this is supposed to be Wonderland.
If you follow me on Instagram (and I daresay you should!), you may have seen my recent foray into making articulated paper dolls. My first two dolls (which I will nicely photograph and post here, eventually) are Alice and the Cheshire Cat. They turned out pretty darn cute, but I thought maybe they needed a backdrop. My original plan was to print this Wonderland scene and photograph my dolls in front of it. Logistically, though, that’s turned out to be a bit of a problem since in order to be to scale to my 8″ Alice doll, Wonderland has to be, like, super big. Too big for my dinky little home printer to manage. So until I find somewhere to produce this mammoth poster at a reasonable cost, I’ll just share it here. I hope you like it!
P.S. Come find me on Instagram @erinlferguson for more sketches and works-in-progress!