Illustration Challenge #9: The Owl and the Pussy Cat

(My personal Illustration Challenge for 2017 is to complete one 'page spread' from a popular, modern or classic children's story each week, picked randomly from a hat. Using lines from the original text, I am re-creating the 'imagery' in my own way, just for fun!)

Edward Lear's nonsense poem (yes, a poem not a story - forgive me) The Owl and the Pussy-cat from a collection published in 1871.

The Owl and the pussy cat illustrated by Celia Hyland

Really simple.

For some reason, I imagined they were travelling by night, and I really wanted to get the curve of the cat's tale mimicking the sort-of gondola they were travelling in. I wanted them to be comfortable in their own way, hence the snug 'high place' for the cat, and the perch for the owl.

I had intended to do a lot of colour on the animals, but in the end simplicity won.

The Owl and the pussy cat illustrated by Celia Hyland

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