Recently Little Sister and I watched a great film highlighting the Irish Mythology surrounding the “Book of Kells”. The film, The Secret of Kells which features an apprentice monk named Brendan living in the religious city of Kells, is about how the book was illustrated. The boy steals an eye from a mythological snake to help produce the fine drawings in the book. He meets a girl named Aisling who has been affected by the snake, and she helps him complete his mission and keep the book safe when the city is attacked by Vikings.
The movie itself was a bit hard to follow, but the illustrative style was serious inspiration! I thought I’d take some time and learn to draw in the same style, and then try and adapt it to my own illustrations. So far, I’m having a ton of fun with it!
It was a great discovery to find that Living Lines Library had a bunch of the original concept art and sketches to go from! It was fun digging through to find the ones that caught my eye and work from them.
I’m not done yet… this one’s gonna challenge me for quite a while!
p.s. I’ve been thinking a lot about how to learn from something like a movie style without directly copying the work and “stealing” it… I think my favorite expression of how I feel can be found here:
Franerd on Imitation, Copycats, and Art Theft: