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Off with their heads! (Alice and the Queen of Hearts) by Wil Zender

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Off with their heads! (Alice and the Queen of Hearts) by 

Monochrome pencils on paper. 35,5 × 43 cm (14’’ x 17").

“Off with their heads!” — or Alice and the Queen of Hearts — is the second drawing of the series entitled “A journey in Wonderland”, which was inspired by one of my favourite books: “Alice in Wonderland”, published in 1865 by the British mathematician and writer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known worldwide as Lewis Carroll.

The drawing takes us into one of the most tense and funny scenes of the book: Alice’s encounter with the capricious and unforgiving Queen of Hearts, in Chapter VIII “The Queen’s Croquet-Ground”. In this part, three gardeners shaped like cards — named Two, Five and Seven — are busily painting in red color the roses planted in a garden by order of the Queen, but the flowers turned out to be white by mistake. However, while Alicia interrogates the worried gardeners, suddenly appears the Queen of Hearts with her great royal entourage, who, after discover the error in the rose-trees, explodes with anger, threatening to cut off the heads to the three poor servants. Fortunately, Alicia manages to intervene just in time, saving the gardeners after hiding them in a large flower-pot that stood near.

No doubt this is one of the most elaborate and amusing drawings I’ve done, full of little details like the headdress and gown of the Queen, the Knave and the Royal Crown, the Castle of Hearts and the roses that flourish within the garden. Now, all I hope is that the Queen of Hearts does not order to cut off my head when she discovers her royal portrait in my drawing…

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I’m an artist who lives in Lima, Peru. I enjoy drawing and painting about fantasy, magic, fairy tales, classic children books and mythological themes. I also love to create animal and nature compositions. © All rights reserved. All images contained on these pages are © copyright protected by Wil Zender and any use of these images in any form without his written permission will be considered an infringement of these copyrights.

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  • TheAngelique
    TheAngeliquealmost 2 years ago

    This could not have been placed before my eyes at a more perfect moment…as I have been singing “We’re Painting The Roses Red” in my head for weeks now…LOVELY.

  • Thank you very much for your kind words, I’m so happy you have the chance to see my drawing :D More details of this work at
    Greetings from Spain!

    – Wil Zender

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 2 years ago

    Nice work, I like the detail!

  • Thank you very much, Cindy!!!

    – Wil Zender

  • - nawroski -
    - nawroski -almost 2 years ago


  • Thank you very much, Andrew!

    – Wil Zender

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloake5 months ago

    There cannot be any better drawing and composition than yours! I adore your magnificent works. I would like to have them in PA Wil :)

  • I submit this drawing already to PA, thank you very much for your wonderful comment dear Bea, I appreciate so much your amazing support, you are a great friend and teacher of mine!!

    – Wil Zender

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloake5 months ago

    Congratulations on your feature. Please take time to visit our beautiful page and leave a comment HERE

  • Wow, this is a marvellous surprise, I’m so glad you enjoy this drawing, thank you very much for the feature dear Beatrice!! :D

    – Wil Zender

  • Alison Gilbert
    Alison Gilbert5 months ago

    You are a seriously great illustrator, Will!! So much is expressed here, from individual expressions and stances, emotions… quite a story here in itself, and the perfectly rendered details add so much.

  • This is one of my favourites drawings for sure, because I show Alice in a kind of militant attitude, standing up to protect the poor gardeners from the ruthless Queen of Hearts. I’m very glad you enjoy this drawing and its details, thank you very much dear Alison!!

    – Wil Zender

  • goddarb
    goddarb5 months ago

    Wonderful drawing and fantastic details! Great synopsis of the events in the story! Expressive and sympathetic image!! Congratulations on your features!

  • I’m very glad you enjoy my drawing, thank you very much for your beautiful comment!!

    – Wil Zender

  • scallyart
    scallyart5 months ago

    this is fabulous Wil.

  • Thank you very much dear Kerry!! - I’ve seen your beautiful watercolour flowers by the way, I wish I could paint like you!!

    – Wil Zender

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