Saturday 28 February 2015

Charlotte Mayo

                                             Fig 1 (above) Little Red Cap by Charlotte Mayo

This illustration by Charlotte Mayo is part of a larger piece based on the poem “The Little Red Cap” by Carol Ann Duffy:

At childhood’s end, the houses petered out
Into playing fields, the factory, allotments
Kept, like mistresses, by kneeling married men
The silent railway line, the hermit’s caravan
Till you came at last to the edge of the woods
It was there that I first clapped eyes on the wolf

He stood in a clearing, reading his verse out loud
In his wolfy drawl, a paperback in his hairy paw
Red wine staining his bearded jaw. What big ears
He had! What big eyes he had! What teeth!
In the interval, I made quite sure he spotted me
Sweet sixteen, never been, babe, waif, and bought me a drink

My first. You might ask why. Here’s why. Poetry
The wolf, I knew, would lead me deep into the woods
Away from home, to a dark tangled thorny place
Lit by the eyes of owls. I crawled in his wake
My stockings ripped to shreds, scraps of red from my blazer
Snagged on twig and branch, murder clues. I lost both shoes

But got there, wolf’s lair, better beware. Lesson one that night
Breath of the wolf in my ear, was the love poem
I clung till dawn to his thrashing fur, for
What little girl doesn’t dearly love a wolf?1
Then I slid from between his heavy matted paws
And went in search of a living bird – white dove –

Which flew, straight, from my hands to his hope mouth
One bite, dead. How nice, breakfast in bed, he said
Licking his chops. As soon as he slept, I crept to the back
Of the lair, where a whole wall was crimson, gold, aglow with books
Words, words were truly alive on the tongue, in the head
Warm, beating, frantic, winged; music and blood

But then I was young – and it took ten years
In the woods to tell that a mushroom
Stoppers the mouth of a buried corpse, that birds
Are the uttered thought of trees, that a greying wolf
Howls the same old song at the moon, year in, year out
Season after season, same rhyme, same reason. I took an axe

To a willow to see how it wept. I took an axe to a salmon
To see how it leapt. I took an axe to the wolf
As he slept, one chop, scrotum to throat, and saw
The glistening, virgin white of my grandmother’s bones
I filled his old belly with stones. I stitched him up
Out of the forest I come with my flowers, singing, all alone.


Fig 1: Little Red Cap by Charlotte Mayo

Friday 27 February 2015

Cate James

   Fig 1 (above) Cate James, Little Red.
Cate James is an illustrator from Edinburgh who is currently the Illustrator in Residence at the Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh, This is Cates interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood with collage and a beautifully made up wolf.


Fig 1: Cate James

Thursday 26 February 2015

Marta Torrão

                                Fig 1 (above) Marta Torrao's Pouco Vermelho
Portuguese illustrator Marta Torrão's work has wonderful 'blowing bubbles' shapes and integrates fine pattern and drawing into her painted illustrations so they manage to be both bold and delicate at the same time.


Fig 1 Marta Torrao

Wednesday 25 February 2015

Josefina Wolf

   Fig 1,2,3,4 (above) Josefina Wolf
Josefina Wolf's surreal and minimalist collaged illustrations using elements from 'The Disguised Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood,' engraving by Gustave Dore, 1862

Fig 1,2,3,4 Josefina Wolf

Tuesday 24 February 2015

Cristina Azócar Weisser

Cristina Azócar Weisser is a Chilean illustrator. The top image is mixed media and the bottom a digital version. This illustration was made for the collective Monos con Pincel.


Fig1,2: Cristina Azócar Weisser

Monday 23 February 2015

Milimbo II

'Better to eat you with' by Milimbo in collaboration with Raquel Saiz is a book/game with a folding 'mask of characters for peeping through, poking fingers through or shadow play. Versatility is a strong element of Milimbo's books and toys, they are designed to let the imagination free to roam, play, invent and reinvent. This folding game allows the characters to be repositioned and have different dialogues and create new stories.


Fig 1,2,3, 'Better to eat you with' by Milimbo and Raquel Saiz

Sunday 22 February 2015

Milimbo I

A story book and a game all beautifully printed and tactile in a wonderful oversized matchbox style box, this is Little, Little Red by Studio Milimbo.
Spanish publisher Milimbo uses lots of traditional fairy tales, with Red Riding Hood a firm favourite. Milimbo's unique storytelling is through games, play and textless, beautiful books using code and map forms in a similar way to Warja Honegger-Lavater. As Juanjo say's; "We will not tire of Little Red Riding Hood".


Fig 1,2,3 Little,Little Red by Milimbo

Saturday 21 February 2015

Alfredo Cáceres I

" Without a Wolf there is no story " Alfredo Cáceres

Alfredo Cáceres is a Chilean illustrator in his illustration he tried to avoid red but couldn't it seeped into the landscape and he wanted the wolf to be the focus the primary character. Alfredo illustrates digitally but incorporates lots of texture and mainly illustrates for the press with some children's illustration.

Friday 20 February 2015


                              Fig 1(above) Red Riding Hood by Mundo Jazcinta 
"The wolf let Riding Hood cleverly adorned with flowers her stunning fur ..."
 A digital collage by Chilean illustrator Mundo Jazcinta submitted for Monos con Pincel where the wolf becomes a compliant plaything for Red Riding Hood. I like the way it looks like it is constructed from 1950's scraps but is simultaneously very modern.


Fig 1 Red Riding Hood by Mundo Jazcinta

Thursday 19 February 2015

Raquel Aparicio I

Raquel Aparicio's stamp werewolf or Red Riding Hood has a super imposed red wolf over a boy/ girls face in a postage stamp form. Raquel is a Spanish illustrator who works producing illustrations for editorials, patterns for textiles and children's illustrations.
"I try to tell different stories with my drawings. I try to connect with the viewer telling tales." Raquel Aparicio
There is a blurry line between the mythology of werewolves and Little Red Riding Hood which increases or decreases according to public tastes and different interpretations of the tale, something I will be exploring later.


Wednesday 18 February 2015

Red Skirt

'Red Skirt' written by Farideh Khalatbaree and published by Shabaviz Publishing Company has a wonderful collection of contemporary Iranian illustrations by Azita Arta, Lisa Jamileh Barjesteh, Ali Boozari, Atyeh Bozorg Sohrabi, Negin Ehtesabian ~ Leila Falahat Pisheh ~ Marjan Ghaemi ~ Ali Reza Goldouzian ~ Amin Hasanzadeh ~ Roudabeh Khaef, Golbarg Kyani, Sharareh Khosravani, Amir Maftoon, Setareh Moatazedi, Amir Hosein Mojtahedi, Farzaneh Najafi, Nazli Tahvily, Seyed Hesamoddin Tabatabaee  and Marjan Vafaeian.
I cannot pin point who did which illustrations by going through the International Children's Digital Library and they are not labeled individually, but the work is too beautiful not to disseminate.


Tuesday 17 February 2015

Andrea Balogh

                                     Fig1-5 Little Red Riding Hood, Andrea Balogh

A wordless Little Red Riding Hood book by Hungarian author and illustrator Andrea Balogh which uses aspects of the seven Kids in that the wolf is filled with boulders and stitched up to be thrown down the well.


Balogh A, Little Red Riding Hood, Csimota, 2006

Monday 16 February 2015

Jon Lau

    Fig 1 (above)  Jon Lau for Dolce & Gabbana FW 2014 -15
Fairy tales are often referenced in popular culture and in particular fashion. This is a fashion illustration by Jon Lau for Dolce & Gabbana Fall Winter 2014-15 is one of three illustrations produced for Dolce&Gabbana's online magazine Online, Swide, featuring outfits from Dolce&Gabbana's Fall/Winter 2014-15 Collection, interpreted as classic fairy tales.


Fig 1 Jon Lau, Dolce & Gabbana Fall Winter 2014-15

Sunday 15 February 2015

Last of the Valentines

This piece worked better in the sketch, though I like the heart shaped wolf, the writing ended up having too much space in it. I have terrible spelling problems, so it is contrary that I use so much text in my work both painted and sewn and I am often defeated because a piece is misspelled. But the challenge of sewing or painting lettering is a love of mine, so it is something I constantly come back to.

Saturday 14 February 2015

The Perils of Falling In Love

'The Perils of falling in Love' is a 'lion tamer' version of Little Red Riding Hood, it is an A1 acrylic illustration again exploring the theme of Valentines Day through this tale.

Friday 13 February 2015

'My what a big heart you have . . .'

                                Fig 1: My what a big heart you have, Hazel Terry February 2015

All the better to love you with!
                                                      Fig 2 (above) the thought!

The top to toe illustration that I produced last week suddenly made me think of the queen of hearts in a pack of cards. This has evolved into this illustration called; 'My what a big heart you have  . . .'

                             Fig 3 (above) : Queen of Hearts Card

The graphics of these cards is strange, with their two headed characters, they are such instantly recognisable everyday visual symbols, that like the story of Little Red Riding Hood you can stretch and mutate but they remain recognisable.


Fig 1: My what a big heart you have, Hazel Terry February 2015
Fig 2: Sketch Hazel Terry
Fig 3: Queen of Hearts Card

Thursday 12 February 2015

Just Hold My Hand

Another gentle image of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. I wanted the hearts to be integral and the wolf's tongue to be his heart.

Wednesday 11 February 2015

A gentle Valentine

I wanted a more gentle image of my main two protagonists for this Valentine image, it is painted in emulsion on A2 paper.

Tuesday 10 February 2015

I love you wolf

I have zoomed into the sketch and produced this very graphic romantic wolf. But I am missing the interaction between him and the girl. This illustration like most of my work is A1.

Monday 9 February 2015

Scraps of Valentine wishes

Thinking of Valentines Day in many ways but illustratively in terms of Little Red Riding Hood, so scraps of paper are littering the kitchen table, my desk etc I will share some of the results this week on the run up to Saturday.

Sunday 8 February 2015

Takao Nakagawa

                      Fig 1 (above) Red Riding Hood by Takao Nakagawa 

Looking like strange guests arriving for dinner, Takao Nakagawa has illustrated a very skinny and hungry wolf and a demure Little Red Riding Hood. To me as the viewer I feel like I am the granny peeping through the window, wondering whether or not I am going to let them in . . .


Fig 1:  Red Riding Hood by Takao Nakagawa

Saturday 7 February 2015

林 小寶

 Fig 1 (above) Little Red by 林 小寶

Chinese illustrator and graphic designer 林 小寶 composes and collages wonderful biological illustrations into her work which has lovely layers of barely concealed images, building up interest and meaning.


 Fig 1: Little Red by 林 小寶

Friday 6 February 2015

Top to toe

                              Fig 1 (above) Fig 2 (Below) Top to Toe by Hazel Terry

Top to Toe, is a depiction of Little red and the wolf sharing a bed, sleeping 'top to toe' and both reading but slightly different versions of the story.
This is my first drawing/poster /cover towards a variable story, depending on the path chosen or maybe the reader.
In doing a top to toe illustration I wanted to also refer to those amazing two in one dolls where one side is the grandmother/ Little Red Riding Hood, but under her skirt is the wolf, like the vintage doll below.

                                      Fig 3 (above) Vintage two in one Red Riding Hood Doll 
                                                   Fig 4 (below) Butterick pattern for reversible doll


Fig1,2 Top to Toe by Hazel Terry
Fig 3 Vintage Doll
Fig 4 Butterick pattern for reversible doll

Thursday 5 February 2015

Dinara Mirtalipova

Dinara Mirtalipova often incorporates Little Red Riding Hood imagery into her work. Dinara works as an illustrator and surface designer who works in delicate line and print.
"I find my inspiration in folklore, old songs my mom used to sing to me, fairy tales from when I was little, a wall rug hung above my grandma's bed, cultures, storytelling, textiles and fabrics. I feel like I'm forever swallowed in the world of folk tales and ethnic music. " 

Fig 1,2,3 Illustrations by Dinara Mirtalipova's portfolio