Fables de la Fontaine. Book in Progress (post 6) by Elsa Mora | Apr 19, 2011 | Blog, Books | 48 comments YAY!!! Celebration day! The first illustration for the book is finished! I will let the pictures do the talk today. Please let me know what you think? Elsita 🙂 Read Post #7 FacebookTwitterPinterestTumblrEmailLinkedIn Related Subscribe To Our NewsletterJoin our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team. SUBSCRIBE! You have Successfully Subscribed! 48 Comments Rodi on April 19, 2011 at 11:12 am Wow! Everything is perfect! The details, the colors, the composition, the depth! Congratulations, Elsita! I’m looking forward to the next ones! 🙂 Reply Valerie on April 19, 2011 at 11:17 am Just stunning! I can’t wait for this book! It’s facinating seeing your process and how this image has evolved from your origional “draft” versions of these charactors in this scene. Thank you for sharing it with us! Reply Gina Purlia Johnson on April 19, 2011 at 11:23 am Oh boy…..fabulous!!!! I’m so thrilled to see the process! In my own art, I love working on tiny details and composing with odd shapes, lines, colors and texture. You’ve done all of that and more and so beautifully! And I must say, I’m loving the crow’s cool “threads”!! Can’t wait for the next installment. Congrats, Elsita! 🙂 Reply Lois Collins on April 19, 2011 at 11:25 am WOWEEEEEEEEEE! Absolutely love it Elsita, xxx Reply un amour de papier on April 19, 2011 at 11:26 am C’est très joli ! Et c’est vraiment très plaisant de voir la progression de votre travail sur ce livre. Monsieur de la Fontaine en serait absolument ravi ! / It’s really lovely ! And it’s really nice to see the progress of your work on this book. Monsieur de la Fontaine would be absolutely delighted!Thank you for sharing. Reply Jamie on April 19, 2011 at 11:51 am It’s riveting. The neutral stage/border really acts to frame the more colorful characters in the scene. And yet that neutral border has so much detail and interest as well. You keep my eyes moving around the page with the fabulous composition as well as in wonder and delight with the quality and the detail you put into this illustration. I can’t say enough good words! Reply Sarah Vazquez on April 19, 2011 at 11:52 am te ha quedado hermoso! me encanta los detalles y la sencillez. Reply Rose on April 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm I love it!! Reply Elizabeth on April 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm WOW!!!! I thought that a bird with clothes wouldn’t work but it does, it looks marvellous. Congratulations on your first page. Reply diana on April 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm I love the colour palette. And the lace theatre And the fox’s expresion And the animals dresses. And the flowering tree. Yes! Don’t let that hand drop off ;)!! Reply Melissa Crowe on April 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm I think you’re a magical being, and I truly wish I could just spend some days watching you work. I’m glad you’re alive, Ms. E. Truly. Reply Kaiva on April 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm Elsita, there are no words to express how beautiful your art is!!! I am looking forward to the next illustrations and the book itself. Reply Allison on April 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm This is truly spectactular! I have to say though that I MUCH prefer the other fox and his simpler clothes. I also much prefer the gray background from your mock-up. Another detail I miss are the bows that “tied” back the curtain of leaves. The stage in this new version is so beautiful – I absolutely love the colors of grays, cream and ballet pink. I can’t wait to see more! I hope you’ll consider bringing back the original fox – his face has so much more expression and character! Reply Lori on April 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm Amazing! I love the detail on the stage. Great job! (and thanks again for sharing, it’s been so much fun!) Reply cindyjerrell on April 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm increible!! Totally wonderful! Reply Claudia Liliana/rasamalai on April 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm ¡Está fabuloso! ¡Me encantan los cuellos y la ropa y me gusta muchísimo la parte negra del telón aunque todo junto se ve fantástico! También me encanta ver los mensajes amorosos y entusiastas que recibes 😀 Y que después de ver tus trabajos siento muchas ganas de ponerme a hacer cositas lindas ^u^ Así que por todo ésto gracias <3 Reply carol on April 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm as you said, you infuse your work with love… well, it shows up, loud and clear! I also love the more subtle coloring of the frame- it allows the characters to stand out while still being appreciated for it’s own beauty. the flowers with their elongated stems are so graceful and whimsical… love that element as well. in fact, I really appreciate the stand alone picture of the flowers on the black background. great composition, just as they are… Reply margie oomen on April 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm i think you and your magic hands have created magic, pure magic Reply sheila on April 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm the details are so amazing – i love mr. fox’s fancy shirt and his little cap. so beautiful. wow. Reply christine on April 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm Wonderful choices! Reply Shelley Noble on April 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm Truly marvelous. I look forward to adding this book to our pop-up collection. Reply Beverly LoPinto on April 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm It’s wonderful Elsita! I knew from the first time I met you on your blog that you would do a children’s book. It will be so much fun to watch this project unfold. Many thanks for sharing your creative process with us. I learn so much from you. <3 Reply Nicola on April 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm Love love LOVE it! The new stage is a breathtaking development on the already beautiful earlier model. You are so generous in sharing your process with us. I am so grateful for your explaining how you set up two journals to use as tools in the process. I’d never thought about separating them out like that and I can see what sense that makes, how they would become very specific tools, both resources and momentum builders. I’ve started two new ones for my next project. Bless you Elsita, from me, Nicola, an artist sitting in her studio in autumn in australia. Reply susan on April 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm Stunning! i LOOVE the theatre itself. and the flowers. and the foxes buttons. and his socks. and and and… everything! absolutely wonderful – i would say i am your biggest fan, but i think there is lots of competition for that title! Big big congratulations for an extraordinary job! xx Reply lindsey on April 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm Just stunning! Reply julie adore on April 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm magnifique! Reply Pilar on April 20, 2011 at 12:35 am ¡Me podría quedar mirando los detalles del escenario horas! El traje del cuervo me gusta muchísimo… Reply Marie Alice on April 20, 2011 at 2:11 am Congratulations, really ! I am impressed also because you make it seem so easy. Looking forward the next, and thank you again for sharing this adventure. Reply Lolo on April 20, 2011 at 5:17 am I love it! 😀 Reply nadia on April 20, 2011 at 5:36 am Absolutely gorgeous! …Your art brings so much joy! thank you for sharing Elsa.xxx Reply Diane on April 20, 2011 at 6:53 am Charming! So great to see your process. Reply colleen (bcharmer) on April 20, 2011 at 8:05 am YES!!! The hats! Loving it so much. Reply Shelley on April 20, 2011 at 10:26 am stunning!!! Reply Sharon on April 20, 2011 at 10:29 am Fun and fantastic to see a stage come to life with paper cuts. Do you glue to secure the small pieces? Reply Pam V. on April 20, 2011 at 10:53 am So, so very beautiful! My heart is singing. Thank you and can’t wait to see what’s next. Reply Christine on April 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm Elsita you are MAGIC!!! I will buy this book as soon as possible for my first grandchild who is due next month!!!!! Reply emce-art on April 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm Your work is beautiful and perhaps I am not the right person to give feedback, but I liked the first fox (his expression) I also liked the first crow. The second one has to much clothes and wings in my opinion. Just a hat would be right. But I’m not a expert….and everyone likes your work (me to! don’t misunderstand-I am not able to make such delicate things!). So delete my comment. I love to see how you build up your work with so much love and attention that I can feel it. I enjoy your blog and wise words! When I was a child I read the fables of Lafontaine and enjoyed them very much! Reply Elsita :) on April 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm Honest opinions are appreciated emce-art! Don’t worry! I love the feminine fox as well, she’s definitely cutter than Mr. Fox, I was even tented to use her in the final illustration. But the problem is that she’s too nice. In the end I decided to stick to the story which shows a fox that is not so nice, he’s manipulating the crow in order to take away his cheese. In the end the fox that I used is less innocent in his expression, I think that it works well. But he’s still a little bit cute to make him appealing to kids 🙂 For the crow I could have used either of them, I took the overdressed one because because in the story he seems to have lots of vanity, that’s why in the end he drops the cheese to impress the fox with his voice. That final crow is more exaggerated. But as everything that involves creativity we could make one million versions and each one would work in a different way. Fortunately I’m very happy with my final version 🙂 Reply Sarah N. on April 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm This is incredibly beautiful and I love every detail! Reply emce-art on April 21, 2011 at 6:32 am Thanks for your reaction and explination! and pfffffff i did not offend you.:) you are not only a great artist but you also a great person, I’m trying to be careful in my reponse because you cann’t see the reaction…. I’m working in mental health care and love the way how you describe people, friends, your family and problems. Reply katharina on April 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm dear elsita, your picture brought me right back to my school days: i had to learn the poem by heart for french classes – of course, i mixed up everything when the teacher was testing me…phew! i love how maitre corbeau appears very showy and snobby. that guy takes even care to sit on a fancy tree! 😉 now i’m really excited to see the progress of the book! take care of your hands, though!! Reply Judy on April 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm What incredible illustrations and what a great book this is going to be! I can’t tell you how much I love your sharing the ‘doing’ with us. I haven’t had this much fun watching a creative process since I was in art school which seems like 100 years ago. Thank you SO very much for sharing this with us. The characters and bits of flora and fauna are magical. Reply MzTallulah on April 27, 2011 at 6:50 am Your work leaves me speechless. I am humbled by your skill and your vision, and looking forward to being able to hold the book in my hands. Reply Coach Outlet on May 12, 2011 at 12:21 am Plato said: the first was crying because you’re not, the second laughing because meet you, third smiling tears because can’t have you. Reply Coach Outlet on May 12, 2011 at 12:24 am See how the sky was black during the day, see how long is the night, and at dawn. Reply hollister clothing on May 12, 2011 at 11:24 pm dYour comment has been posted. Post another comment Reply abercrombie uk on May 13, 2011 at 12:36 am thanks for giving a peek at the wonderful work you’re doing on the book. 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