Illustrating The Water Surface


'A great tree on a riverbank', W.F. Garden, pencil, pen and black ink and watercolour, on paper, 1892
‘A great tree on a riverbank’, W.F. Garden, pencil, pen and black ink and watercolour, on paper, 1892
Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865 – 1931) Le lac Keitele, 1905
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”

Margaret Atwood - The Penelopiad
Marie Paddling to Eric by Legh Kilpin (British, 1853-1919)
Marie Paddling to Eric by Legh Kilpin (British, 1853-1919)
Frits Thaulow (1847 – 1906) Riverside, view of Abbeville 1894
Fritz Thaulow 1847 – 1906 Landscape at Elv 1886
Forest Pool John Fabian Carlson (Swedish American,1874-1945)
Railroad September 1945
Boats at rest, at Petit-Gennevilliers Claude Monet 1872
Nursery Friends From France by Maud and Miska Petersham. 1927
In Limbo deb jj lee
August Renior f 25 feb Limges Frankrike død 3 des 1919 Cagnes-sur Mer Frankrike
October Mists, Veere, Holland, 1906, Theo van Rysselberghe, (1862-1926)
Country Gentleman Magazine August 1952
Country Gentleman Magazine August 1952
Tom Lovell, Man Being Thrown Overboard, n.d., illustration for True Magazine, Norman Rockwell
Tom Lovell, Man Being Thrown Overboard, n.d., illustration for True Magazine
'Der Blaue Weiher (The Blue Pond)', by Hugo Henneberg, linoleum cut on four plates on Japanese paper, 1904 water
‘Der Blaue Weiher (The Blue Pond)’, by Hugo Henneberg, linoleum cut on four plates on Japanese paper, 1904.
Egon Schiele (1890-1918) Sailing Boats In Drawn Water 1907. The linework reminds me of the illustrations of Charles Keeping.
Pool Steps and Egon Schiele merged using Deep Dream Generator
Eero Järnefelt (Finnish, 1863 – 1937) Pond Water Crowfoot, 1895
Frenchman’s Secret by Monica Edwards
Dame Laura Knight (1877 - 1970) Lamorna Cove, 1917 - water
Dame Laura Knight (1877 – 1970) Lamorna Cove, 1917 – water
Towards Zero by Agatha Christie illustration by Tom Adams water dead body camouflage
Towards Zero by Agatha Christie illustration by Tom Adams
Jessie Willcox Smith (September 6, 1863 – May 3, 1935) sand and sea
Jessie Willcox Smith (September 6, 1863 – May 3, 1935) sand and sea
Illustration from The Living Forest (1925), by the Canadian painter Arthur Heming bear
Illustration from The Living Forest (1925), by the Canadian painter Arthur Heming
Ponyo, Hayao Miyazaki
Farmer's Wife Magazine July 1938-swimming freestyle
Farmer’s Wife Magazine July 1938 cover art by Corinne Malvern
The Spirit by Will Eisner
Alarming Tales #3 January 1958
Kureha Rokuro The Gods Of Japan 1943
Three worlds, 1955 Maurits Cornelis Escher; 1898-1972
Looking Glass River Jessie Willcox Smith 1905

For more examples of water in illustration

Catching Fish In Art and Illustration

Illustrating Underwater Scenes

Messing About In Boats