Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Alice in Wonderland/Off with her Head

The king laid his hand upon her arm, and timidly said, "Consider, my dear; she is only a child!"

A word on the process
There are three more Alice photos to run to complete the story after this.  I'll be continuing the project, there are things I need to reshoot and new shots I need to come up with, working toward putting a little print-on demand book on blurb. One thing I'd like to do is set up a few studio portraits in nineteenth century style (the Mad Hatter leaning on a column, looking thoughtful - that sort of thing) - in some way extending the Tenniel illustrations so that I bring something new to the narrative. I struggle with how consistent to make the series (should I be antiquing and sepia-izing them?)- some of the ones in which Alice is quite a small part of the environment work well, whereas others need the background de-emphasized .  As with any art-making, the process should look effortless - some of these have been photoshopped for several hours (like the one above) whereas the previous day's needed hardly anything done with it. Any opinions on which work better than others would be gratefully accepted. 

19 comments:

tony said...

Oh I Love This Susan.The Best Yet!

paulahewitt said...

i am always hesitant to criticise other's art...to me the red ribbons in this draw the eye up and away from the characters. I like the idea of the tent - but it tends to dominate the picture. then again, Tony may be right...

Eva said...

I like the red ribbons because they look like streams of blood in the cruel phantasy of the Red Queen. Wonder if this was intention! I'd like the idea of going beyond Tenniel. I also admire Rackham's Alice illustrations; and do you know those by Peter Blake? See Tate online/Peter Blake. Perhaps it is worth while integrating Lewis Caroll's photography. What a project! You've made an amazing contribution to the row already.
http://www.exit109.com/~dnn/alice/

yvette said...

Stick to the format, as for me they are wonderful...ot Pemma chödron is one of my favourits too!
love
yvette

Laurie Cannon said...

A whole hecka lot of 'em work well.

I of course love the humorous ones--X and X stuffing the doormouse (?) into the miniature teapot, and the cardmen painting the roses red--that was an exceptionally well-done installation. And Alice and the Queen loitering by the oriental vase.

The word verification now is 'whexpler'. And Spellcheck doesn't like it.

rosedale's 4 head said...

the ribbons are excellent inclusions...i see paula's point, but i went back to look again and for me, just the presence of the characters pulls me, they are pretty powerful, demanding and showy, their own obsessions make this scene moving...

what precision...

Nao said...

Susan, you are truly a gifted and inspired woman.

Love the ribbons, and as for your characters, well what is there to say, except, BRILLIANT, just BRILLIANT

Eric Barclay said...

Just beautiful! The characters are wonderful, and the whole composition is just brilliant.

mum said...

What Eva said. I love the idea of the studio portraits as another level of exploration. For starters, maybe you can run alternate versions (sepia, b&w, antiqued and so on) and see what works best?

Son of Incogneato said...

I am fascinated by the entire project, but if you are asking for favorites I’d have to say The Tea Party, which is visually stunning, and The Pursuit, which is fun to look at. I also like The Caterpillar, but then again I’ve always been impartial to bugs sitting on mushrooms toking on hookahs.
Bill the Lizard is also lots of fun, probably because it appeals to my sadistic tendencies concerning small lizards, but mainly because it’s a great picture, full of action.


Almost forgot, The Doormouse. Perfect.

Caroline said...

It's the zap of colour in all your shots that makes them outstanding for me! So, whilst the red ribbons may be a tad distracting for me it's the all important 'lift'for me! Having said that, I'd love to see how they work in sepia or black and white only, but reckon I'd still vote for the current formula! Wonderful and highly entertaining series. You are so talented!

nessadee said...

This is a brilliant concept! Wonderful!

Thanks for the lovely comments!

Indrani said...

I am stunned by all these series! Brilliant!

ArtSparker said...

Wow, thanks for the feedback. It's great to get so many takes on what I'm doing from a number of perceptive eyeballs - invaluable for helping me to see things anew.

Son of Incogneato said...

Second Caroline on the sepia idea.

California Girl said...

I always thought "Off with her head" was frightening and hilarious at the same time. As a child I was frightened by it and as an adult I was amused by it. I think my personality is like the Red Queen's which is not a boast, believe me.

grrl+dog said...

I see your dilemma.. with a book or series there has to be some kind of consistency with the backgrounds, mood, etc, and I imagine if it took so much post production, you may be wondering... see.. for me this image looks diluted..too much background, I cant enjoy the linework of the characters.. but that's me.

Nemo said...

I'd would be curious to see then sepia-toned or desaturated a bit, antiqued as it were.

c said...

Uy que buena idea, muy hermosa, un beso, c.