Saturday, December 12, 2009

Nutcracker Book & Figurine

How fun! There one sits hunched over ones' drawing board, often a year in advance, painting Christmas while the rest of the world goes swimming in High Summer.....and suddenly, there it is, the project one worked on, in the stores, as a " real thing"....makes me feel quite Velveteen Rabbit-ish! I never stop getting a thrill when I open the box and finally see the final, end result.
It really is gratifying to see the bits & pieces all come together as a really-o true-lio thing.....most fun is to see the Nutcracker figurine made, dressed, come to life like the one I painted for the book cover.
This was a project that was great fun to work on.....it seems the original stories in this book by E.T.A. Hoffmann and Alexandre Dumas haven't been published in years and years and years.....I read them all 20 times before painting and there is SO much more to the Nutcracker story than the one we are all familiar with!
This set includes the book and the 8" Nutcracker figurine and is available at all Barnes & Noble bookstores.

Nutcracker Book & Figurine Set, front

Nutcracker Book & Figurine Set, back

illustration

3 comments:

country girl said...

this is wonderful! congrats on such a great project. must be amazing to hold it, finished, in your hands.

mountain girl said...

Gosh! What a thrill to see your very own painting come to life in a sense! Maybe that's how Gepetto felt!

xl pharmacy said...

Most of people know that children must read at early ages , the first steep is read a book like this one because have good illustration and it is easy to understand !