Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Baron Munchausen I


The first of a series of images I'm working on for the Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Its a story I love and one that they've made several films of, most famously Terry Gilliam's but also a brilliant ( and indeed much better) German version made during the Third Reich and a fantastic Czech adaptation called Baron Prasíl made in the 1960s by Karel Zeman.

In this scene, the Sultan has asked the Baron to convert to Islam, but the Baron countered that he could not as he enjoyed his wine too much. At this the Sultan admitted to being himself partial to a glass or two of fine Tokaji (Tokay) to which the Baron added that the best was to be found in the cellars of Empress Marie Therese in Vienna. Baron Munchausen wagers that he can get a bottle of the stuff into the Sultan's hands within the hour....

Staedtler pigment liner and brush & Indian ink, worked up and coloured in PS. Particularly happy with the coloured ink washes - they look like watercolour (almost) but with that convenient digital editability.

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7 comments:

ElizT said...

Lovely eunuchs.

James Wallis said...

Very nice. This is for a book? If you ever think about doing this/these as a print I'd be very interested.

Paul Bommer said...

This image, and others, will very soon be available to purchase as limited edition Giclée (archival quality) prints.

This series are not for a book ( as yet) - just a personal project. I have several other Munchausen images planned.

Watch this space, and email me if you'd like to know more
paul@paulbommer.com

JuanolO said...

Munchausen its a great guy.
Hello from Barcelona.

piero said...

very nice mate!really like your work.looking forward to see the rest.

Rico said...

This is a great illustration... love to see the whole series.
The Munchhausen stories were a favourite of mine back when I was kid. They deserve another reading now that I am just a 40+ overgrown kid. :-)

Brandi said...

Paul - your style is wonderful. I love your use of color! Amazing work all of your pieces!