The Nutcracker
Posted 6 months ago and submitted by Sian Bowman | Share link:

As a family we love watching The Royal Opera House version of the The Nutcracker Ballet on Netflix and we dance along to the story. I decided to have some fun illustrating a new version of the story. I wanted to capture movement in my illustrations and celebrate the dance. Instead of Clara throwing her slipper to stop the Mouse King I decided to show Clara and her brother Fritz giving the Mouse King a bauble which has a picture of the Plum Fairy on it. The mouse king softens upon receiving the gift and gets wooshed up in the happiness and magic to the land of the plum fairy where the story ends in a magical dance.

Sian Bowman
Children's Illustrator
Sutton St Nich… UK

Based in the beautiful countryside of Herefordshire, UK I have been freelancing for 10 years. I admire so many artists but in particular I love the sweet and sophisticated nature o… Show more.

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Little B’s Books by Becca Yure, Baavet Woolen Duvet Company, Author Rachelle Mann, Poet Roisin Donnelly, Author Barbara Michaels, The Della and Lila Book Series, Clever Thinkers …
We hired Sian as a contractor to illustrate our children's book. Our relationship could not have been more perfect. She was able to interpret the story and the illustrations showed that she knew the characters and brought them to life. Any modifications were made graciously and quickly. We could count on her and will use her again and again and again as we publish more books.
— Joyce Koff and Beverly Ellman, Cleverthinkers LA