Friday, November 20, 2009

Magical Music

This is my first illustration for an upcoming picture book, The Old Man and the Cat, by Anthony Holcroft, to be published in 2011 by Penguin NZ. I've decided to post some of the illustrations here rather than creating a separate blog for them. They will not be in order, but rather haphazard as is my nature!

In this image the old man has just discovered that the flute he carved has the power to summon birds and other creatures.

Acrylic on text (including diagrams, illustrations, and musical notation) and maps on canvas, 9"x12"

27 comments:

Francois said...

Magique!

neilornstein said...

a luminously wonderful piece.

k*smith said...

Beautiful illustration!

Jill said...

Beautiful as always. I love the graceful lines and strong dimensionality of your work.

Patricia Lee said...

Such a striking palette - beautifully illustrated with a touch of mystery!

Cathie said...

wonderful. love the colors. i'm going to have to keep my eye out for this book.

k.h.whitaker said...

very lovely illustration

cally jane studio said...

Beautiful :)

Kelley said...

I just found your blog. You do wonderful work! I love this illustration!

k.h.whitaker said...

Thank you so much for the comment on my blog about my grandson. It is a terrible disease and no one told me a thing about diet. I just think if something like this can help then people should be told. If I'd had any idea I'd have been doing it all along. Think of all the time we wasted.

Indigene said...

Beautiful rich color and composition!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

How absolutely magic is this character. Love all the rich color and detail in your illustration. It's so alive!!!

Cintia Yamane said...

wowwww...
Just great!! Lovely traces, colors, contrast.. perfect!

Jack Foster said...

Magical and musical. Wow it is wonderful!!!

Delaverobum said...

It´s magic! I love it!

Katherine L. White said...

This illustration is so beautiful. I love that the cat is so hidden in the tree in the background. Great work!

theartofpuro said...

Wonderful illustration and style!It's full of magic!

Shirley said...

Wow, you are a wonderful illustrator! I am so mesmerized by your beautiful style and congratulations on this new book...lovely!

Shirley said...

The Bois de Bologne! I must visit it someday! I only know that Monsieur is in France, but his whereabouts are unknown...so perhaps you are right with your guess. I'm very happy that you stopped by!

Mary Jane said...

The colour is so rich and luminous. This is a beautiful illustration.
Magical and enchanting.

Daniel Hertzberg said...

Just... G O R G E O U S

pete ryan said...

beautiful

dthaase said...

wonderful color and composition - magical indeed

Koldo said...

Awesome! I love the letters background and also the color palette. Congratulations Leah!

Nicola said...

As always, your piece is a symphony for the eyes! ; )

steve said...

O wow, good to see you back!! Looks like you haven't missed a beat, as your art just keeps getting better - wow!!

kristinbarr said...

I love your work! I remember seeing your work in Spider Mag. Really great stuff.