Tea with Peter Rabbit
I love rabbits and tea. This was one of my earliest greeting card designs, and it came about because I wanted to draw something I felt comfortable creating – tea cups and rabbits aren’t so intimidating when compared to extensive detailed scenes with people, depth, and multiple objects crowded together.
The idea of a rabbit drinking out of a tea cup is from a British television show that aired in the 1990’s. It had a mix of live action and cartoons, and was called The World of Beatrix Potter and Friends. Beatrix Potter (played by Irish actress Niamh Cusack) had a beautiful bunny representing Peter Rabbit, and in one of the live action scenes, it drank out of her teacup when she wasn’t watching!
At first, I was disappointed with the way the card turned out (perfectionist that I am) because of the plain white background and mistakes on the teacup’s saucer. This was the first time I had ever used Copic Markers in an art piece, and they continue to be a uniquely formidable medium for me. I also had a migraine headache during the four hours it took me to draw Tea with Peter Rabbit on the printing deadline day, so I didn’t feel like I was giving it my best. I am somewhat prone to procrastination! But then everyone felt so positive about this card, and it became my best-selling work. I’m glad I overcame my initial feelings, because the card has made so many people happy.
Here are some early sketches to show my process and the various layers that go into a drawing: