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My drawing for the word CLOUDS for MonkeySideBars was based on the artwork of A.M. Hopfmuller. An unsung hero, a designer that I know nothing about, only that the artwork for the magazine entitled Shadowland (from 1919 to around 1923) went unnoticed.


This particular piece was called Green Hill and Trees and Clouds. I thought it would be an easy drawing to do digitally (Sketch Club), but took me in total 2:47 hours. I used a bristle brush only without hitting the undo button once.
A challenge that I have now become accustom to.

Even though the magazine didn’t last very long
the artwork for the covers are still admired today.
I feel that the work is so unique
and would probably make a good set of tarot cards.

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2 Responses to “Clouds”

  1. Ravanel Griffon
    2015/07/03 at 10:28 #

    I’d never heard of the artist, but I love this work! The colours and shapes… somehow you can really tell when it was (originally) made.

    Also funny how the (seemingly) simplest things can turn out to be the hardest!

  2. Tabitha Raincloud
    2015/07/03 at 11:06 #

    Thank you Ravanel. I love the fact that all the magazine covers captured that distinct period in time. I tried to hold that look with the colours that I used. I honestly thought it looked like fuzzy-felt and surprised myself at the difficulty of drawing each layer bit by bit.