Wizard Kingdom Illustration

The Wizard Kingdom Illustration for our book, “The Wizards and the Whale”, started out as a painting commission for an Umbrian family in 2014. They wanted an Umbrian countryside filled with trees, medieval castles, Asian temples and their dog. Castle, Mountains and Morning Sun by Jean Tori 2014 With the brief in mind, Jean began…

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Crane and Wizard Story Design

This is the design story of one of Jean’s paintings for our “The Wizards and the Whale” children’s book. Jean has always been inspired by the Asian designed cranes, especially those found in Japanese woodblock prints and paintings, in Korean folk art, and the cranes in many Chinese screens. Here is a decorative Japanese crane…

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Illustration Evolution in The Wizards and the Whale

We have an unusual way of creating our children’s books where Jean paints and then Anthinula creates the story around the artwork. Once there is an outline, Jean will create other illustrations as the story develops. Here are the first pages of our children’s book “The Wizards and the Whale” and the following images show…

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Inspiration and Gretchen the Sheep

Jean is inspired by many things from travels, nature, childhood, art and even friendships. Occasionally, people’s personalities and big-hearted spirit work their way into our stories and influence the animals’ characters. In “Elliot and the Perfect Wave”, we had a special friend woven into the narrative.   Meet Gretchen the Sheep, mentor, helper and optimistic…

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Printing The Wizards and the Whale

Book pages of the Wizards and the Whale at KMS Litho

Printing our first book The Wizards and the Whale was an adventure. We knew that because of the extraordinary colours we were going to have to choose an amazing printing house. We found the “Dream Team” at KMS Litho in Hook Norton. The printing process was incredible. Working with the team all the way through to this…

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Alphabet Book Paintings. Part 4

More alphabet letters during this Umbrian heatwave! I is for Isolated Island. And I couldn’t resist combining J and K – after all, I didn’t paint this jigsaw rabbit with a kite with the Alphabet Book in mind, but it fits the profile wonderfully! J is for Jumping Jigsaw and K is for Kaleidescope Kite.…

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Alphabet Book Paintings. Part 2

Continuing with the idea of an alphabet book, here are the letters ‘C’, ‘D’, and ‘E’. These paintings are a mixture of details and entire painting images. I like the idea of keeping a graphic theme to the pictures, even though here my choices are more illustrative. C is for Colored Castles. D is for…

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Graphic Alphabet Paintings

After a recent trip to Oxford, the newly renovated Ashmolean Museum had some fantastic publicity surrounding a few ongoing renovations. The clever publicity campaign gave me an idea for a graphic alphabet book. Here are A & B. A is for Autumn Apples B is for Blue Bamboo http://www.ashmolean.org/

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Pigs and Lighthouses Part 2

This is the finished painting of Elliot the Pig and the lighthouses on the beach for one of the children’s book. I will tell you about Elliot’s journey later on, but for now, the technical journey of this painting was as follows: After I made the paper and let it dry for a few days,…

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