I’m starting to think like a pop-up book. Line defining space rather than mass. Here’s a preliminary practice work for an illustration of the first paragraph of “Alice in Wonderland.” This is Alice. I want to create a world that is 2D and 3D at the same time. Flat figures and objects arranged in 3 planes: simply foreground, middle ground, and backdrop. Maybe that’s my theatre history emerging in my work. Downstage, Upstage, Centerstage, fly systems. I suppose we all have to draw from what we know and how we are used to seeing the world.

This is only Alice. The vision can’t be realized until she is put in context with the environment, but I need to start practicing a new treatment of figures and objects, so I’m working on creating a dominant line defining the space around the object/figure, lines within always serving this ruling line, and washing out some saturation of my usual treatment of color. We’ll see where it leads me.

To be continued…


  • Oh, Alice. This is fabulous. *I know what you are working on :)* So funny, I've been doodle 'modern' interpretations of her as well.
    I love how you are embracing 'what you know' and allowing your other passion to infuse your work. Your style is so definable already but it is so neat to see you pushing that envelope. Can't wait to see where you take this.

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