Roald Dahl’s ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ was one of the first chapter books I ever read to myself and I absolutely loved it. I would often return to it, as an old friend, when I was mooching around for something to read. I thought it would be apt, therefore, for Mr Fox to appear in the orange section of my Rainbow Art Journal. I started with a layer of “newsprint” deli paper, partly as a nod to Mr Fox’s textual origins but mostly to cover up some messy ink mess that had bled through from the other side of the page. The painting of Mr Fox took me no time at all, probably 20 minutes in total, broken down into painting as base layer and then another small dollop of time in which to add some shading and detail. Having been executed in a bit of a rush, he’s not my best effort but he’ll do.
I think he’s marvellous, Laura. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a Dahlian world where the baddies always get their comeuppance and not everyone needs to be perfect!
Thanks, Michael. Yes. Yes it really would.
I like this Fantastic Mr. Fox…I like how you painted his face.
Thank you. Foxes have such handsome faces. I feel like really this is a drawing and I just used paint instead of pencil or pens. I really didn’t use paint in any manner of painterly way.
The end result is “Fantastic”
I love it. It’s wonderful. I have my home office walls decorated with some fun kid’s canvas art from stores, with hippos and monkeys and whatnots, and I think your fox is up to par with the best of them. I like his four fingers and three toes.
Thanks. The fingers and toes thing is determined by simply how many curvy shapes I can fit on the bottom of the limb, as you can probably guess. I’ve often drawn coloring pages for my kids where the character has a different numbers of fingers on each hand. Ha ha!
He’s lovely Laura – I love the colours you’ve used…
A very handsome Mr Fox!
Completely charming!!!! Good job!!!
That’s a massive compliment coming from someone who’s a master at anthropomorphising animals.
Lol! Your words about my work are so kind!! Thank you! And I meant it – your work is utterly delightful!!
He looks great! I love his elegant swooshy tail. And I had to smile because another Dahl book, “The Twits” was one of my first forays into reading chapter books too! 😀
Thanks. Dahl is great. Matilda and The Witches were other favourites of mine.
Oh yes! I reread Matilda so many times. I loved his autobiographies too… You can really see where he got the inspiration for some of his stories! Thanks for this nice little trip down memory lane!
I love him. All aspects, and especially his eyes.