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Peter Pan:
Pencil Sketches
by Kari Maaren

Around Christmas of 2009, a friend asked me for some illustrations for a poetry collection she was working on; the subject was Peter Pan. I got inspired and did a number of sketches, some more successful than others. Ultimately, the friend went with a professional artist for her collection. Since the collection has recently been published, I guess the sketches are all mine again. They are homeless, alas, having no poetry to cling to, but I thought I would display them here, just because I could. They are not in my usual comic-strip style. The eight sketches reproduced below do not constitute all the sketches I made on this subject, but they are the ones that don't make me cringe to look at. (There were some misfires.)

1) Wendy Shot by Lost Boys

This was one of the first ones I drew, I think.
2) Wendy Sitting

It was while I was doing this sketch that I decided to make Wendy's nightgown progressively more and more tattered.
3) Peter and Wendy

This wouldprobably have been on the title page,though it really comes later in the sequence of images (you can tell by the state of Wendy's nightgown).
4) Mr and Mrs Darling

This sketch was originally attached to a poem about Mrs Darling as Mr Darling's shadow.
5) Lost Boy

This nameless Lost Boy just sort of happened.
6) Tinkerbell

This was my first idea of what Tinkerbell would look like. Terrible things happened to the background, but I did kind of like the "wings."
7) Tinkerbell Hunting

This later version of Tink was a bit cleaner but still had the hair and the wings. I didn't want to give her a proper face.
8) Wendy in Moonlight

It may not have worked out perfectly, but at least I got to press my pencil down on the paper really, really hard. It's hard to see in this tiny copy, but Wendy's nightgown is moderately tattered here.