Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Winnie The Pooh Baby Nursery.

I've been asked last September, to create 2 Winnie the Pooh illustrations for Ashley Simpson and Pete Wentz baby nursery walls.

I really wanted to keep the charm of the original late 60's/early 70's Winnie the Pooh featurettes, as I always do at work when I draw them, and get this kind of animation cel on a background feel to it. Storytelling was crucial too, I didn't want to just slap some big characters on their walls like stickers.
The first wall below is the one overlooking the baby crib, so I chose to make it an indoor scene. I drew Winnie and Piglet reading a story just right where the crib was meant to be. Eeyore's tail was removable, and Winnie, Piglet and Eeyore were printed on a board and cut out, as well as Tigger and Roo below.


The second one was a wall next to big windows and trees outside, so I designed an outdoor scene, using some colors from the garden to get a sense of space and continuity.
The chalkboard in the middle was made out of real chalkboard material, so their son can draw on it.


The actual nursery below.

30 comments:

Cafe Pasadena said...

XXXce!!ent!! SK!
I'm glad I could hire U 2 do this cuz I'm too busy 2 do it myself!!

The real chalkboard is a great stroke of genius, and the colors are alive.
I still think your greatest work can be seen when you paint the canine.

Bill Robinson said...

Wow, these are incredible! What type of paint did you use?

luluberlu said...

AAHHHHH! c'est genial !!!!!
moi aussi je veux un winnie sur mon mur!!!!
trop la classe!

au fait, rien a voir mais j'ai eu mon permi ce matin =)

Grace Ervine said...

So when are you coming to Middle Earth to do my bedroom???

Grace x

Dorota said...

WOW!!!!!! What paints did you use?

dominique eichi said...

How come you decided to print them on a board and do a cutout for the characters ? instead of directly on the wall? The finish walls are great . J'aime beaucoup votre abilite.

Tim said...

Absolutely stunning !!!! I know my daughter would love this in her room as well.

JP said...

Whoa! wonderful. Lucky baby and parents!

Stéphane Kardos said...

- Merci Mike. What do you mean "when I paint the canine"?

- It's all digital Bill. Photoshop, and then printed out on huge sheets of adhesive kind of wallpaper.

- Felicitations Lucile!!! bisous

- Hopefully before you're my age Grace :) I can only go there by boat right? :) xx

- Photoshop dear Dorota.

- to give some volume to the scenes Dominique, to make the characters pop out a bit. Merci :)

- Thanks Tim and JP :)

Tooninator said...

absolutely charming. Great work.

Whitney Pollett said...

WOAH WHAT? HUH??? WHAAA???? How did they get set up with you? Did they contact Disney or do you know them?? Did they pay you??? GAAAAHH!!!???

Come to my cube and answer my questions at once or you leave me no choice but to bother you in 5 minutes!!!!! MWAAAAAHahhahaha!!!

Cafe Pasadena said...

Ask WP.

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Valerie Beeby said...

These are just delightful! I am a huge FAN of yours. I have been doing a blog about painting on the iPhone, and found your pages through that. Your sketches are wonderful too.

Stacey Aoyama said...

Bonjour Stephane! I remember these :) They look great up on the wall...you could start a side business doing murals. If you need an assistant, I'm there (will work for food)! Hope you are doing well!

Nathalie D said...

Salut Stéphane,
Moi aussi je veux un Tigrou avec un tableau dans mon salon ! Encore félicitations pour ton travail...je suis fière qu'un "ti gars" d'Aulnois soit aussi doué ...
Encore merci pour ton talent,
Amicalement
Une ancienne de la Rue Godefroy

Craig Mackay said...

Beautiful, Stephane. I love the thought and storytelling behind your choices. Well done!

Petrea said...

I love these. What a beautiful job you've done.

My question is somewhat like Whitney Pollet's, only if I don't get my answer I will bother you at your house.

Do you do this through Disney? Otherwise, are there issues with rights to the characters? I hope you got paid huge piles of money.

Stéphane Kardos said...

- thanks tooninator.

- Oh thanks a lot Valerie :)

- Stacey! come to visit soon! hope you're well.

- Merci Nathalie :) c'est tres gentil, ca c'est leur chambre de bebe, c'est immense!!! la prochaine fois que je reviens a Alunois, je t'en fais un dans ton salon :)
Bises

- Thanks Craig!

- Thanks Petrea. Yes, I did it through Disney, they asked Disney to create some artwork especially for them, so they got it for free, no big pile of cash for me, and I wouldn't have been allowed to do it on the side, would have gotten me in big trouble with the mouse, although with the money I could have had from it, I could have flown back to France and buy a castle.

Holly & Karl said...

Aha - I know who the celebrity couple is as I just glimpsed your beautiful mural on their Twitter pictures!
Just let me know - did you get to meet them and what are they like!
Beautiful work though - can you come and so Luca's room after Grace's is done!!??
Holly.xx

Petrea said...

If they put it on Twitter, is it a secret then? I'm dying to know who they are.

Okay, not dying. That's an exaggeration. But from time to time yesterday I paused to wonder.

Stéphane Kardos said...

- Holly! Ah so you know! Yes I met them at their house in Beverly Hills last August, and her Mum... but I'll tell you all by email xxxx And yes, I'll do Lucas room with pleasure for you guys, i''d love to spend time in London, Tina and I are missing it a lot!
Lots of love

- Petrea...it's ....it's....do you really want to know?...it's Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz. Never heard about them before I met them.

Vanda said...

How did I miss this? I always liked pooh, and that soft watercolor style background has always been my favorite. When I still worked for the mouse, I always collected Pooh painted backgrounds.

Petrea said...

I've heard of her. But somehow I'm reminding myself of when I tried to explain Led Zeppelin lyrics to my mother. She wasn't as interested as I'd hoped she'd be.

Sadie Figueroa said...

Wow! its beautiful

Kimberley said...

Absolutely spectacular Stephane! Truly inspirational. Hope all is well over in the US. Kimberley x

Nikol Stein said...

How did you get the characters to stay on the wall and what material did you use to print them on? I absolutely love this! The chalkboard idea was ingenious!
It would be great if they referred you to others! (not painting licensed characters of course)..

EDGAR ERNEST said...

I really admire your work. How did you come across this project if u can explain. If you also don't mind that you can check my blog and tell me what you think. Thank you

Bumblebee said...

I found this link on blogsofnote and am completely floored. I've posted a link to this on my blog, I hope you don't mind. I absolutely loved all of your sketches. The Poohs are my favourites! Keep up the good work - you are simply wonderful!

Winnie The Pooh Nursery said...

wonderful work, i will like to share my one moment of life, i was around 17 year old and my child of my sister ask me for same, I had taken nine days to complete it.