December 23, 2021 2 min read
The story of The Nutcracker is based on the E.T.A. Hoffmann fantasy story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, about a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages a battle against the evil Mouse King and his army.
The story was written in 1816… Whoa, that’s over 200 years ago!
In Germany, nutcrackers are believed to bring good luck and are often given to children as Christmas presents.
The success of The Nutcracker abroad is due mostly to Russian-American choreographer George Balanchine, who created a production for the New York Ballet in 1954. In 1993, this version was made into a film.
The Nutcracker has been the most widely performed ballet in the world.
The nutcrackers resemble people with large mouths which the operator opens by lifting a lever in the back of the figurine. (One could originally insert a nut into the mouth, press down and crack the nut.) Modern nutcrackers of this type serve mostly as decoration, mainly at Christmas time.
In this tutorial we used the following supplies:
Step 1. Start on drawing the basic lines and circles to outline the silhouette of the nutcracker. (Pencil B)
Step 2. Draw the nutcracker shape based on the construction line drawn on the first step. (Pencil B)
Step 3. Draw details of the nutcracker, such as the face, hair and features on the uniform. (Pencil B)
Step 4. Remove all unnecessary construction lines. And add the remaining small details to complete the nutcracker basic draft. (Pencil B)
Step 5. Start working on the colors by making the general tone of the uniform, for this use blue, red, yellow. (Colored pencils blue, yellow, red)
Step 6. Start on elaborating the blue and yellow tone. For this we use dark blue, light blue on blue elements, and ocher on yellow ones. (Colored pencils dark blue, light blue, ocher)
Step 7. Work on the red uniform, for this we intensify the red tint and make the shadows burgundy. Also apply the general tone to the remaining elements. Shade the skin beige, gray on the hair and black for the boots. (Colored pencils red, burgundy, black, gray, beige)
Step 8. Work on the remaining elements. For the skin make the shadows brown. On the gray elements use dark gray, and on the black use gray. While in light areas slightly add the tone of black. (Colored pencils black, gray, dark gray, brown)