Thursday 17 May 2012

Inspirational Art of the Moment...

I am having a fantastic time at the moment rediscovering my love for graphic novels and am breaking up my copious amounts of reading with some really outstanding releases. Today I am finding such depth of inspiration in Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Creation Myths Volume 1.

I don’t want to say too much here because I will be writing a proper review of it but it has reminded me just how much I love the artwork, designs and puppets of Jim Henson’s work. Suddenly I am craving another viewing of Labyrinth, which remains one of my all time favourite films.

In Henson’s work, and of course the team that carries on his legacy, there is such personality depicted in every line of the imagery, such a beautiful range of colour and shapes employed to create these wonderful and intriguing characters and landscapes that take your breath away.

It is my intention to draw influence from this style and try to remember, when I am writing descriptions and inventing characters, that it is the smallest details that make the greatest difference and the most memorable and lovable creations. Definitely an inspiration and thus today’s muse.

Elloise Hopkins.


  1. Brian Froud is my favourite artist. Although I don't happen to have this book *goes to ferret it out*. Have you got the The World of the Dark Crystal and Goblins of the Labyrinth?

  2. No, I don't have them but I've seen them. Yes love his work. This one is excellent but it's only part 1 of 3 that's been released so far. It's actually a new story - a prequel to the film. Exciting also they are making a prequel to Labyrinth focused on how Jareth ended up in the labyrinth. Can't wait for that one!