In the style of… A. B. Frost

Welcome to my first ever In the style of… which will be appearing occasionally instead of the regular Shoot it, Sketch it posts on Mondays. I plan to draw inspiration from some of the world’s greatest illustrators. It’s really Shoot it, Sketch it with a twist ― I’ll still be using my photographs as a starting point but I’ll be drawing/painting them with a particular style in mind. It’s not about slavishly copying someone else’s art; it’s an experiment in seeing things differently. My hope is that it will take my own art in different directions.

At the beach – ink on paper, 140 x 240 mm, 2013.

At the beach – ink on paper, 140 x 240 mm, 2013.

At the beach – Nelson, 2011.

At the beach – Nelson, 2011.

Drawing this week’s photograph was a bit of a challenge. The rocks and stones were straightforward enough (believe it or not) but it took several attempts before I was happy with the driftwood. And if you’re wondering who A. B. Frost is…

A. B. Frost

A. B. Frost – illustrations from Lewis Carroll’s A Tangled Tale, 1886 Images from http://www.gutenberg.org

A. B. Frost – illustrations from Lewis Carroll’s A Tangled Tale, 1886
Images from http://www.gutenberg.org

American artist Arthur Burdett Frost (1851–1928) is famous for illustrating  Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn characters as well as Joel Chandler Harris’ Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit stories but it’s these two illustrations from A Tangled Tale that inspired this week’s sketch. Frost’s compositions and linework are simply brilliant.

11 thoughts on “In the style of… A. B. Frost

  1. poppytump

    An interesting new direction Anna. Not sure whether I’ve said before or not but I do admire how you can see and extricate from a picture or scene just what elements need to be drawn . Do like your hard won by driftwood !
    Really nice work you’ve created here In the style of … A.B.Frost.
    A new to me illustrator . I feel there may be many more to come 😉

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  2. eightdecades

    I just love postings such as this. I learn something, I see something, and it makes me feel both a part of it and good about it. Great Idea for sketching and posting, thanks and very well done image.

    Reply

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