The Mad Teacup

While this illustration focuses on the Mad Hatter’s teacup, Alice finds herself once again in trouble. The illustration was done in an engraving style.

The Design and Insights

My topsy turvy version of Wonderland comes in two color schemes: Bordeaux and Royal Blue.

Engraving style illustration of The Mad Teacup in bordeaux

engraving style illustration in bordeaux color scheme

Engraving style illustration of The Mad Teacup in royal blue

engraving style illustration in royal blue color scheme

For the background, I reproduced William Morris’ “Larkspur” pattern in my engraving style to match the foreground. Although it suggests an English garden, the background’s main purpose is to help accentuate the transparency of the steam coming up from the teacup.

detail from The Mad Teacup

detail of steam hat

The teacup itself is filled with references to the Queen of Hearts: the saucer is surrounded by a band of hearts, the rose’s leaves are hearts, and the white rose has been painted red.

detail from The Mad Teacup

detail of chipped teacup

The cracked handle forms the profile of the Mad Hatter’s friend, the dormouse, peeking out from the side of the cup (the profile could also be considered that of the white rabbit).

detail from The Mad Teacup

detail of dormouse shaped teacup handle

Alice dangles from a tea drop while a flamingo — using its oversized feet to form an umbrella — wafts downwards below her.

detail from The Mad Teacup

detail of Alice and a flamingo umbrella

As a T-shirt

Below is the illustration applied to t-shirts in bordeaux and royal blue. It will be up for scoring until 5pm on November 20 at Threadless.com.

illustration applied to t-shirts

illustration applied to a bordeaux and royal t-shirt