William Steig was a prolific illustrator and the artist behind the original Shrek! He made decades of contributions to the New Yorker and later in life authored some lovely children’s books.
Here is a small tribute, adapted from The Amazing Bone.
William Steig is the creator of the inimitable Shrek! The original of which looks quite different from the DreamWorks version, but both have their merits. Steig was a contributor to the New Yorker for decades and later in life became an acclaimed children’s book author.
The following is a copy of a watercolour from The Amazing Bone.
Here are some things I’ve been – and am still – working on since I last posted.. I have discovered that trying to paint leaves is tedious as well as difficult.. so is painting people.. cats.. etc. etc 🙂
I’ve recently been revisiting portraiture. The following work in acrylic is based off a faded photograph – messy easel provides a sense of scale.
Final piece (1m x 0.5m). Clay, canvas .. and a whole lot of glue.
The following is a work in progress. I’m trying to adhere sculpting medium to canvas which admittedly is trickier than I thought.. never mind realizing I could use some instruction in equine anatomy. However! It’s been an experience making this, as sculpting (for me) can be a highly finicky and detail-oriented, as opposed to painting which is a lot more free-flowing and fluid. I’ll post the final when complete. It measures roughly a metre by 3/4 of a metre.
This small piece is made of air-dry clay.
I made this some time ago using acrylic and a flat canvas board.
I found some old “critter clay” and thought I would see what it can do. The following is the clay applied direct to a ~10″x10″ canvas. The material seems pretty cool so far as it takes detail well and air dries, so no need for ovens and the like.
Apparently it also takes paint, not sure if I’ll try that on this piece but if so will post the next version. Either way it was a fun exercise.