I must admit I had almost forgotten about the Mori Challenge. What a shame that would have been! Well, it doesn’t matter now. I remembered.
Today’s theme is “Furry Friends” and I want to seize the opportunity to show you this Brambly Hedge tribute picture I drew and coloured a while ago. It was a birthday present commissioned by a friend for his eldest daughter who at the time was a big fan of the mice of Brambly Hedge (as am I). I hope she still is!The tailor mouse is my favourite, maybe because it’s how I picture myself sometimes. I love the others, too, though!The birthday girl had just gotten a little sibling and was fascinated by everything connected to midwifery at that time so I included a midmouse and a mouse baby.She also loves woodworking so I drew a carpenter mouse, too. I must admit the work bench is a bit crooked, but when I noticed it was already too late. Let’s just say it was the mouse carpenter’s first piece, okay?I might not like processed fruit but I love the idea of pie. For me Brambly Hedge was always about coziness and great food so I decided to work in a foodie trade as well.Drawing all the details in the tree trunk was quite a task but the doll-house like pictures of the mice’s houses are such an essential part to the books that I couldn’t resist having one as the centerpiece. I think my favourite hangout in that tree would be the kitchen or the pantry at the top.
Working with my favourite books beside me was a wonderful thing. I love how subtle the fabric patterns are in the original pictures and tried to emulate the effect without only copying the style but also putting something of my own in there.
In the end I was really happy how the picture came out. There might be some tiny mistakes but nothing that bothers me too much (which is no easy thing, believe me).
I think I did one of my favourite childhood (and adulthood, to be true) justice with this picture. My only regret is not scanning it properly.
It feels just as soft as it’s supposed to, and I found that I’m really not bad at drawing mice, too!
I hope you like it, too. My mouse-loving phase is far from over, you see…