So this is the not-so-secret project I’m working on: an illustrated version of the book “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne Jones! I’m super excited! Apart from the 72 planned illustrations, I intend to redesign the book interior and the cover, which is… a lot of work. It goes veeeeery slowly, as I work on it only on my free time and when I’m in the mood.
This is just some concept art, still trying to decide the technique/style and flesh out the characters, but I liked it on its own! The tree sisters, Martha, Sophie & Lettie!
Oh, Elsa. What are we going to do with you.
Frozen is purportedly set in the 1830’s-40’s, but I’ve been obsessed with finding a style that could marry her coronation gown with her ice gown more seamlessly; the open robes you see during the Regency era, including those being worn by Scandinavian royalty at the time, seemed a particularly apt analog for her… weird underarm-cape. Thing. You also see her mom wearing something very similar for something like ten years, so it’s not a huge stretch to think it could be a popular look in Arendelle. THAT’S MY EXCUSE.
I initially designed this for her coronation, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to explore how that same silhouette might work with her ice gown as well. Someday, theoretically, I would love to do a more literally iced-up version of her gown, but I figured the alternate colour way would be a nice middle ground to strike.
A little late, but happy earth day! Have some rainy birds.