Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Newest Prints and Illustrations: Fairytale Inspirations

Hi everyone,
This week, I am sharing some new prints and illustrations I have been working on. They are all inspired by a fairytale theme. Old-fashioned book illustrations always inspire me in some way, so I decided to make a print based on classic book plates and opening chapter pages:

© Once Upon A Time, Pink by Abigail Davidson; Medium: Linocut; Size: 10x12 inches

© Once Upon A Time, Blue by Abigail Davidson; Medium: Linocut; Size: 10x12 inches

Both the Pink and Blue "Once Upon A Time" prints will be available at the gallery.

For some drawings, I decided to make an ATC inspired by the old Red Riding Hood illustrations:

© Red Riding Hood ATC by Abigail Davidson; Mediums: Color pencil, pen, illustration markers; Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Many of the older illustrations use scalloped cameo frames, so I decided to make an original character portrait:

© Girl with a Collar by Abigail Davidson; Mediums: Watercolor, color pencil, ink pen, acrylic; Size: 8x10 inches

Along the same lines, I was further inspired to take my Nautical Girl illustration (previously posted on Creative Tuesday's theme Striped) and turn that into a cameo as well:

© Nautical Girl Cameo by Abigail Davidson; Mediums: color pencil, pen, marker; Size: 8x10 inches

As you can see, one medium can often influence another. I really enjoy taking an idea from a drawing and turning it into a print (and vice versa). Do you have a theme you often like to explore in different mediums?

Since fairy-tales are often associated with magic, I decided this would fit the Color This Quote Challenge for Artists in Blogland, combining my interest in print, illustration, and collage:

© Live, Breathe, Art by Abigail Davidson; Medium: Collage; Size: 8x10 inches

The Inspirational Quote for July: 
"The sun is shining...That is the Magic. The flowers are growing--the roots are stirring. That is the Magic. Being alive is the Magic--being strong is the Magic. The Magic is in me--the Magic is in me. ...It's in every one of us."  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett

I believe art is its own form of magic with the ability to heal, inspire, and connect people.

Wishing my friends a safe and happy 4th of July!

© Liberty by Abigail Davidson; Mediums: color pencil, illustration pen and markers; Size: 7x8 inches

Happy Illustrating!


  1. Those are beautiful! I especially like the last one with the 4th of July theme.

  2. Hmmm,not sure how I missed this post, but so happy I'm here now :D These are all very beautiful Abigail! The collage is really fabulous but I have to say that Liberty is just gorgeous!
    I hope you enjoyed a great 4th with friends & family and success is following you at Twelve Oaks Mall. Have a fab weekend :0) Mo

    1. Thank you so much Mo for your sweet comments and support! Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!

  3. here from Artists in Blogland. Beautiful illustrations and I especially love Liberty!!!

  4. These are gorgeous Abigail. I love the fairy tale nature of these - totally wonderful and whimsical.

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  5. I adore the way you're using old books and fairy tales as inspiration! Beautiful work!

  6. Found you on the Caturday link up. These are really whimsical. I think Riding Hood is my favorite, mainly because I am familiar with the story.


  7. Just lovely work! I love fairy tales.

  8. Love the fairytale theme and artwork... gorgeous :)

  9. All your works here are so beautiful, Abby, but I am so taken with the one entitled "Breathe, Live, Art." Indeed, there is magic in art.

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  11. Your book plate spin is fun & enjoy your colorful pics