Posts tagged #collaboration

Featured Art Print: The Cautionary Tale of Hansel and Gretel

There's nothing quite like a famine, starving children and an evil witch to set the scene for a good bed time story or art print, for that matter! 

That's why we've included a more whimsical interpretation of the classic German cautionary tale for our "Hansel and Gretel" art print, illustrated by artist Shelby Rodeffer

"I've always loved German cautionary fairy tales, like the Struwwelpeter, that walk the line between cute and creepy, Shelby said. With a cannibalistic witch and a cottage made of candy, there's really nothing not to like about this story!"

Shelby's take on the classic Brothers Grimm tale, first published in 1812, illustrated by Ludwig Richter in 1842 and made popular by the 1893 opera by Engelbert Humperdinck is inspired by gingerbread houses and the beautiful landscapes by artist Eyvind Earle.

Earle really knew how to make a flat image look expansive, Shelby said. I wanted to make something big like his pieces yet simple enough to work with two colors, so I was also looking at a lot of old textile illustrations like these."

Shelby's focus on the house details and typography work well with the mid-century inspired illustration style, which each original illustrated print in our Fairy Tales art print series adheres to. 

Posted on July 16, 2015 and filed under Illustration.

Featured Art Print: Retro Gals "Rockers" by Babs Tarr

This week our friend and collaborator Babs Tarr is in San Diego for the annual Comic Con. Babs has the distinct honor of recreating D.C. Comic's heroine, Batgirl, and we couldn't be more proud of her!

Before Batgirl, I had the distinct honor of collaborating with Babs on our poster series, "Retro Gals Mods and Rockers." This series was inspired by the British cool kids of the 1960s. Working with Babs was great fun! Her contribution to the series is the original art poster Retro Gals Rockers.

Working with Babs was great fun. She was so upbeat, it was infectious! Any bit of art direction I threw her way, she took to heart, and then came back with something even more awesome than I was expecting. It was also great to see her process. Her sketches were so loose and gestural, but the attitude and style still came through, even in the earliest phases.

Be sure to check out more of Bab's work!

Posted on July 8, 2015 and filed under Illustration.

Featured Art Print: The Romantic Tale of Sleeping Beauty

"She sleeps: her breathings are not heard In palace chambers far apart The fragrant tresses are not stirred That lie upon her charmed heart" wrote Alfred, Lord Tennyson in his poem "The Sleeping Beauty" in 1830. But the famous British poet wasn't the first to bring the romantic tale of the beautiful princess, the sleeping enchantment and the handsome prince into the world.

The story of "Sleeping Beauty" actually dates back to 1697 by French author Charles Perrault and then later collected as an oral tradition by the Brothers Grimm. Of course, there have been many more adaptations from literature, visual art, musical theater and ballet to animation. 

So it's not surprising that when I was researching a fairy tale to illustrate, my visual idea for "Sleeping Beauty" just clicked. Instead of focusing on the princess for my Sleeping Beauty print as so many famous illustrations and paintings do, I was inspired to create an illustration centered on another important character: the castle.

As with all my art prints, my process begins with a lot of research. I found a picture of the German Neuschwanstein Castle that became my main inspiration; coincidentally the "Sleepy Beauty" castle design in the Disney Parks is also based on this. With its dramatic towers, it's easy to see why the 19th century Romanesque Revival architecture of the hilltop castle is the source of inspiration for both me and Disney artists.

From there, for type reference I found a magazine clipping from a 1950s issue of Harper's Bazaar, which influenced the typography at the top of my illustration; I hand-drew all of the typography to give it a warm and old-fashioned feel.

"Sleeping Beauty" art print is part of our Fairy Tales art poster series that includes illustrations of other familiar and well-loved classic tales including Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, and Paul Bunyan.

Posted on July 8, 2015 and filed under Illustration.

Now on Sale: The Fairytales Poster Series

I'm excited to introduce the latest Familytree poster series, Fairytales. This four-poster series is inspired by some classic fairytales: Paul Bunyan, Hansel & Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Grab the whole series from the shop.

This series adheres to the Familytree signature style of a limited color palette and illustration reminiscent of the 1950s and 60s.

Each poster is 12x18 inches and is a two-color screen print of sky blue and burnt orange on off-white card stock, perfect for decorating.

This is the fifth Familytree poster series in which I've collaborated with other artists on a whimsical subject. Once again we've got a great line up of artists that have contributed to this series including: Julian Baker, Lydia Nichols, Shelby Rodeffer, and of course myself, Alex Pearson. Stay tuned for more about my talented collaborators.

Posted on June 17, 2015 and filed under Illustration.