Watercolour and Crayon on Paper
H: 66 cm x W: 81 cm (unframed)
This drawing was based on, 'The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,' a story written by E. T. A. Hoffmann, in 1816.
In Hoffmann's story, a young girl's favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.
For this still life set up, I made all the rats from wire, wax and felt. The frog depicted in the drawing was made from wire and paper mache.
This is the first time I have created toys myself to use in a drawing.