In the style of… Nancy Ekholm Burkert

Lake Taupo – graphite and charcoal, 205 x 255 mm, 2013

Lake Taupo – graphite and charcoal, 205 x 255 mm, 2013

Lake Taupo, 2013

Lake Taupo, 2013

Today’s In the style of… drawing was an excuse to test my Derwent tinted charcoal pencils. Some of the colours are VERY similar (especially the darker tints) but they do have lovely names: Driftwood, Glowing Embers, Ocean Deep, Sunset Pink). I wonder how they’d respond to water…

Nancy Ekholm Burkert

Nancy Ekholm Burkert – illustrations from James and the Giant Peach Images from http://myvintagebookcollectioninblogform.blogspot.co.nz

Nancy Ekholm Burkert – illustrations from James and the Giant Peach
Images from http://myvintagebookcollectioninblogform.blogspot.co.nz

Roald Dahl’s classic story James and the Giant Peach has been illustrated a number of times. The original illustrations (and possibly my favourites) were by Nancy Ekholm Burkert in 1961.

In the style of… appears occasionally instead of my regular Shoot it, Sketch it posts. Using my own photographs as a starting point, I’m drawing inspiration from some of the world’s greatest illustrators. It’s not about slavishly copying someone else’s art; it’s an experiment in seeing things differently.

10 thoughts on “In the style of… Nancy Ekholm Burkert

  1. Clay

    The mood created by your somewhat overcast lighting is much more effective than the whats in the photo. I like the soft quality this image has. Good work!

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    1. Anna Cull Post author

      I haven’t tried Graphitint (my, there are a lot of products out there!). These are charcoal — and I have a feeling they rate even lower on the lightfastness scale : (

      Reply
  2. poppytump

    This is such a lovely series you are doing Anna . I like it very much .
    New pencils ! Oh joy 🙂
    Lake Taupo … I remember being taken aback by it’s sheer size when we saw it some years ago .. it was like dark endless wavy ocean we Brits are used to seeing the other side of a lake 😉

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