Illustration for A Company of Wolves from Angela Carters The Bloody Chamber. Originally to be submitted for the Folio Society competition this year, but I missed the deadline.
It is based on the part of the story where she is alluding to the story of Red Riding Hood (albeit in a very adult way)
I wanted to try and capture the bleakness of the forest she was describing. I was remind of Scandinavian wood cuts, black metal album covers (also Trentemoller's The Last Resort) and the work of John Kenn.
I wanted to keep a simple colour palette (which for me is rather difficult.) Muted watercolour/gouache blues, greys, greens with black and white...then a small area of red for Red Riding Hood. This might be considered a bit obvious, but I liked the contrast.
Watercolour/gouache. Dip pen and ink. Alcohol markers.
Resized and black borders added in Photoshop