Wishing you a very happy Easter! 

As an Easter illustration celebration, I’d like to offer you this FREE audio reading of The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams (read by Xe Sands). Since William Nicolson’s 1920 illustrations, many illustrators have risen to the challenge of illustrating the famous toy rabbit.

This Easter, why not try your hand at designing your very own Velveteen Rabbit?

Nina’s velveteen toy rabbit inspired drawings

In my latest Skillshare class The Art of Bunnies in Books – an Easter Illustration Celebration, picture book illustrations are used to inspire you own bunny art. In this 1 hour class, I walk you step-by-step through the process of how to draw real, anthropomorphic and toy rabbits.

The Bunnies in Books: Toy-Like lesson looks at the many different ways artists have illustrated The Velveteen Rabbit character across time. We use the picture book art as inspiration then dive into our own toy rabbit creations.

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’, by Margery Williams.

Take Maurice Sendak and his 1960’s version of The Velveteen Rabbit. Predating Where The Wild Things Are by three years, the charming duo-tone illustrations add a simple whimsical style to one of the most beloved rabbit stories of all time.

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

In 1983 Micheal Hauge and his watercolour illustrations literally flood the page with moonlight and warmth, where he strikes a balance of intimacy and technical accomplishment.

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’, illustrated by Micheal Hauge

Monique Felix’s pastel rendition of The Velveteen Rabbit (illustrated in 1994) captures a soft haze and play on light.

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’, illustrated by Monique Felix

And finally, nearly a century later, in 2015 Japanese illustrator Komako Sakai brings a textural, gusty block print adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit…and in my opinion the best version since Maurice Sendiks take in 1960.

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’, illustrated by Komako Sakai

A well as The Velveteen Rabbit, The Bunnies in Books: Toy-like lesson also discusses other toy rabbit characters, like the famous Miffy (by Dick Bruna), Knuffle Bunny (by Mo Willems), finishing the lesson off with The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (by Kate Di Camillo).

‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’, by Kate DiCamillo

So why not join me in class this Easter weekend. Enjoy the The Art of Bunnies in Books, create your own illustration gifts or even have a bunny-draw-off challenge with family and friends.

Wishing you a Happy Easter.

Nina 🙂

Use this link to get your FREE GIVEAWAY to The Art of Bunnies in Books – an Easter Illustration Celebration class.