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The House That Jack Built by ColletteJEllis The House That Jack Built by ColletteJEllis
Winner of the UK Caldecott Childeren's Illustration Award 2011

The House that Jack Built - November 2010

Illustration for the Caldecott Society exhibition in Liverpool this December; my class has been asked to produce work based on his nursery rhymes and illustrations as a tribute to him.

A British artist and illustrator, born in Chester. The Caldecott Medal was named in his honor. He exercised his art chiefly in book illustrations. His abilities as an artist were promptly and generously recognized by the Royal Academy. Caldecott greatly influenced illustration of children's books during the nineteenth century. Two books illustrated by him, priced at a shilling each, were published every Christmas for eight years.
Caldecott's output, however, ranged wider than this: he illustrated novels and accounts of foreign travel, made humorous drawings depicting hunting and fashionable life, drew cartoons and he made sketches of the Houses of Parliament inside and out, and exhibited sculptures and paintings in oil and watercolour in the Royal Academy and galleries.
- (Wikipedia)

Original Rhyme:

This is the house that Jack built!
This is the malt that lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cat that killed the rat
That ate the malt that lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the man all tattered and torn
That kissed the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the priest all shaven and shorn
That married the man all tattered and torn
That kissed the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cock that crowed in the morn
That waked the priest all shaven and shorn
That married the man all tattered and torn
That kissed the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the farmer sowing his corn
That kept the cock that crowed in the morn
That waked the priest all shaven and shorn
That married the man all tattered and torn
That kissed the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built!


medium: Photoshop
Size: A2

Background: :icongrace-stock:
Paper texture: :iconprincess-of-shadows:
Victorian wallpaper brushes: :iconmyruso:

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:icon8bitstitchpunk:
8BitStitchPunk Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Strange but beautiful. I love it! :love:
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The mind of jack was full of dreams and visions
of what he thought were very strange things

of pin-wheels, cats, and falling rats
of ravens at full moon... of dogs on
horseback in the air, and courting by
balloon at just a quarter past the noon...
Of massive gears, and old clockwork parts
all turned upside-down...and the grinding of a
windmill...spinning dreams high above the distant shore
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:iconcollettejellis:
ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
That was gorgus! :o You should continue writing this as a poem XP
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i try to make comments as meaningful as i can.
it’s a reflection of my first impressions on seeing
someone’s art that may have effected me in some way.

it's my way of saying thank you for sharing your
creative spirit and sparking dreams in my soul.
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Cuttlefish-Sama Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Love this!
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:iconmyn-anthony:
Myn-Anthony Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*I ... I love this. >.>;
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:iconmyn-anthony:
Myn-Anthony Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't tell you how much a love this... :love:
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:iconkeeper-of-the-hollow:
Wow, this is really eye-catching. Amazing work
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:iconsysaiyan:
SySaiyan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
enchanting too nice not too fav
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:iconastera-t:
Astera-T Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
So clever and beautiful! :)
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:iconwertyh:
wertyh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
waha! you shure have fantasy!
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:iconthe-bails:
The-Bails Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
this is amazing!! i love the contrast!
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:iconpennyfarthing1893:
pennyfarthing1893 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely! It's so whimsical and detailed. It would make wonderful fancy stationery...
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:iconlionbird14:
lionBird14 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I love this. Very very very much.
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:iconzeppelinangel69:
ZeppelinAngel69 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student Photographer
Amazing!!7
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:iconanimonk:
animonk Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
cool... like it!
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:iconjesncin:
JesnCin Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
That's a very whimsical theme right there 8)
I think it's awesome how the doggy in the top left corner was able to catch a ride on a top-hat horse :D
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:iconcollettejellis:
ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
lol thanks XP
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:iconsenojaseret:
SenojAseret Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student General Artist
I love this! Its like a flying dolls house! I love doll's houses! So purty!
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:iconcollettejellis:
ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
lol thanks :3
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
I think it is perfect as is.
I like it that you can even see into the rooms which makes the house more substantial.
Good Luck for Liverpool!
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:iconcollettejellis:
ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thankyou :)
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Wolf-Suit Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Wonderful design. :heart:
I can't offer much critique about the piece itself, but from a printing perspective make sure you go to a good printer, because it will probably want to run with a lot of black which could cause the detail in the figures to bleed out, and the tonal variation in the bricks and around the front door to be lost.
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
True :o I hope it will come out ok, gona go with Kodak printers, their an old firm so hopefully have allot of experience :), thankyou.
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AMKitsune Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice indeed. Bonus points for uploading at a good high resolution. Could i ask what size you're planning on printing this out at and whether or not 1834x2699 is the full size of the image (not scaled down)?
I'm also glad to see that the gears made it onto the house :D.
as far as critique goes, the brickwork overlaying the brick texture can be a bit hard to see in certain places (below the bottom right window for example). it might be worth darkening that layer(or selection, whatever it is) to make it stand out more.
the only other thing i can readily see is varying levels of 'blur' throughout the image (such as the blur of the textures and lines of the house compared to the crisp background). this is a common problem found in composite images. one way that i know of fixing this is to merge all of the layers (with the exception of the boarder and watermark) into a smart object and apply an 'artistic' filter to it such as 'dry brush' or 'paint daubs'. if you play around with the settings on these filters, you can come up with a result that does not 'damage' the image too much yet the whole image is 'redrawn' in such a way that the level of detail is uniform throughout the whole image. this, coupled with the fact that you're working with a high resolution piece should mean that you would be able to apply a filter to this new layer and still retain a hell of a lot of detail. if you want some help with this technique, i could give you a hand over remote assistance through msn. you may find the technique useful or you may find that it's not to your liking. I just strongly advise doing something about the 'differing qualities' problem.
other than that, a generally fantastic piece.
keep up the good work :)
and best of luck with the exhibition.
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
The final print should be either 20 - 30" or 16 - 20" I am not sure yet, so it should be rather large! :3
When the print arrives, I will be going over the lines with black thread, and embroidering the old parts with gold thread :) so they ahould stand out more. I have since merged the layers, and when blown up the "blur" isn't notaceable anymore :) but thanks, I value your input ^.^.
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Roseweave Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
El Neato
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:iconadkinz:
AdKinz Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
haha, nice idea
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:iconcollettejellis:
ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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Caliypsoe Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
So quirky and whimsical- I love it!

As far as anything you could do to improve it, I think the brick texture is a bit large. My eye is immediately drawn to the roof because of the bricks and I think the focus should be more vague. Other than that, I love the colors you've used and the sky background sets the perfect mood!
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thankyou :3 Alass!! That is the one thing I am unable to alter! lol
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NecroticLordHades Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! It is dark in coloration, yet totally cheery and whimsical! Lol If you could BUILD me a house like that...
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:iconcollettejellis:
ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
lol thanks :)
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:iconnecroticlordhades:
NecroticLordHades Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob lol
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