Illustrated in the style of a vintage Edwardian or Victorian photograph. These peculiar images are part of my 'Animorpia' collection. Each original illustration is carefully hand drawn in pencil. Once finished, I hand age and treat them with various dye methods, to resemble an old dusty antique photograph. I want this series to suggest something that was rediscovered by you. An inherited artifact from a mysterious benefactor? Or perhaps revealed in a long abandoned attic, lying at the bottom of a chest. Buried beneath old dusty clothes and fading hand written notes.
I'm constantly scouring old antique stores for appropriate frames. Scrolling through endless vintage photos online for just the subject, in the perfect pose. I match them to a background that I think is complimentary, without being distracting. I then select the right animal to use. This can be difficult. It is important to bring out the character of the animal. I'm not trying to go too far down the cutesy children' illustration path (nothing wrong with that of course), but I want my subjects to appear real and actually living a life outside of this brief pose for a photograph. Which is difficult, because by nature, the Victorian and Edwardian photo style was very constricted. It would be easy to unintentionally have them look like some peculiar taxidermy photo from the past. But I do hope that is not the case, and I help bring a life and a soul to these characters..................Confession: I even give many of them names and background stories.