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.
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.
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.
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).
Alice dangles from a tea drop while a flamingo — using its oversized feet to form an umbrella — wafts downwards below her.
As a T-shirt
Below is the illustration applied to t-shirts in bordeaux and royal blue. It was up for scoring on Threadless.com.