I just finished up my Alice in Wonderland illustration, which I am contributing to a collaborative wordless adaptation through Facebook.
At first I wasn't sure which direction to follow. I wanted to shy away from replicating the familiar character designs, but I was also a bit intimidated by the prospect of a complete redesign. I ended up getting excited about representing the Duchess and something of a grotesque, saggy old loudmouth with an oblivious enthusiasm and unintentional domination over Alice. I turned Alice herself away from the camera in order to place the viewer in her shoes, facing up at the overbearing Duchess.
And lastly, here's an example of why I love claybord so much. After consulting with some of my illustrator friends and graduate classmates, I realized that Alice's hand at the center of the composition just called too much attention to itself and appeared to be grabbing at the Duchess's chest. Not critical to the overall image, I decided to scratch it out and re-ink the area. A quick and painless adjustment when using claybord. Kind of remind you of those 'find the difference' bar games, doesn't it?
|original with 'boob grab'|
|adjusted drawing, sans hand|