I really like these watercolor illustrations. In fact four of them depicting Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are on a travel mug that I own. 🙂
and they made Lucy blonde (is that grammatically correct?)
This is the journey
This is the trial
For the hero inside us all
I can hear adventure call
Here we go
I love Natasha Tabatchikova's artwork! My favorites are the one with Aslan and Jadis talking about Edmund and the one at Aslan's Camp. The one of Cair Paravel is also so pretty and unique, although I'm not sure it's a very defensible castle.
Thanks for finding this portfolio! It has several pieces I'd never seen before.
You’re very welcome. I was looking on Pinterest and I recognized the pictures from my travel mug. I like them about as much as Pauline Baynes’. Thanks for giving us the artist’s name in the English alphabet. I don’t know much about her, but I like her paintings of Narnia very much. 🙂
Is this actually published?
I don't like illustrations modernising the children or making them or other characters cute, but there's one I do like - Lucy in her huge coat!
And yes, blonde Lucy is how Lewis described her.
There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.
"...when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."
I don’t know where you can actually buy Natasha’s artwork other than on the mugs. I think it probably deserves to be published in books or something like that. But I am no expert in art. I only know what I like, and the paintings are among the best Narnia pictures I have ever seen. 🙂
These are simply 😍
Some of these are a little too cutesy for my tastes (Mr. & Mrs. Beaver, specifically) but her style is beautiful.
"Tollers, there is too little of what we really like in stories. I am afraid we shall have to try and write some ourselves." - C.S. Lewis
At first I thought the illustrations were almost too cute, but I liked them anyway. I think that the pictures of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy as adult kings and queens were closer to the books. Probably a female artist would show children as being more cute. 🙂
There are some really lovely pictures here! Some styles work more effectively than others – (not a fan of the animals in waistcoats and whatnot here) – but all very well put together. 🙂
In fact I think Lewis was more realistic about his talking animals than Graham was in The Wind in the Willows. Lewis made them act and look like real animals, which is the way they should appear in the illustrations. Pauline Baynes portrayed them like that, and she probably was the best artist to illustrate Narnia.