Everyone knows their nursery rhymes, although the stories may vary from one culture to another. There may even be different versions of the same nursery rhymes. Even though we’re now all adults – age-wise, at least – I am pretty sure that your favorite nursery rhymes when you were kids hold a special place in your heart.
Now what if you can somehow relieve those times when you didn’t have a care in the world and all you were concerned about was the bed time story that your mom was about to tell you? I don’t know if David Clemesha’s art will help you with that, but I am certain that the work will catch your eye – and have you reciting the nursery rhymes as well (or at least the bits and pieces that you remember).
Here are several pieces of nursery rhyme artwork that got me taking a short trip down memory lane and also got me marveling at the quirky depictions. Oh, and for typography enthusiasts – you’ll have a lot to look at.
This little pig went to market…
Never mind that Yankee Doodle’s pony looks like a pinata that you can use for Cinco de Mayo. I love just how weird Yankee Doodle is depicted. I remember having to learn this tune on the piano many many years back, and yeah, Yankee Doodle in my head was probably just as weird.
Old Mother Hubbard
Jonah in the Belly of a Whale
Perhaps the story of Jonah is not a nursery rhyme, but he was a regular in my mom’s arsenal of bed time stories. Now I wouldn’t have thought to include a mermaid back then, but I think that’s a brilliant addition in the picture.
Buy prints of these from David Clemesha’s site.