February 24, 2009
The King and Queen of Hearts
I've been wanting to do my own version of the King and Queen of Hearts for a long time, and since our theme for February over on "Big C, little a" is Valentine's, this seemed to be the perfect time. I've done illustrations of various versions of the King and Queen over the years (how can you not be inspired by Disney's version in "Alice in Wonderland"?) but this is my first attempt at plush royalty. All the details took me a little longer than I wanted, and being sick pushed them back a week from getting finished. I'm thinking of using them as my submission to Stuffed! magazine, so we'll see. They're made from red velvet, fleece, felt, ribbon and printed cottons. I wanted to incorporate some subtle heart shapes as well, so I embroidered the curls in the Queen's hair into hearts, and the king's mustache flows into a warped heart shape. For more WIP pics, head on over to my flickr.