Once Upon a Time...
Here are yesterday's pictures. I think some of us were working on them past midnight, though.
The day's challenge was a very jolly subject!
Here is Anna's drawing from The Princess Whom Nobody Could Silence, by P.C. Asbjornsen, whoever that is. We always talk about fairy-tale youngest sons or heroic simpletons (like Boots or Cinderlad or Little Fool Ivan) as Ashiepattle characters, but this is the real Ashiepattle, Ashiepattle hat and all.
He is holding the dead Magpie which he found and picked up, to the disgust of the Elder Brothers. He uses it in his win-the-princess-and-half-the-kingdom adventure. It's a rather standard fairy tale, but all the more amusing.
Mary Rose has drawn the Wise Woman, of course from The Wise Woman, or The Lost Princess, by George MacDonald. She did a really good swirling cloak as the Woman hastens away out of the castle:
"So quietly did the wise woman pass down the stair, that the king was all but persuaded he had only seen a shadow."
The Goose Girl is talking to the head of her faithful steed while little Conrad looks on scornfully. I did it with my dip pen and paint mixed with water because there seems to be scarcely a decent regular pen in the house, and we're possibly out of ink as well.
Of course these are only some of our Favorite Fairy Tales. We've read heaps of them and heaps more that are Just a Variant, so it seems we're bound to have half a dozen favorites each at least. Like The White Bird, and The Many-furred Creature, and Little Daylight, and The Black Bull of Norroway, and Little One Eye, Little Two Eyes, and Little Three Eyes, and Snow White and Rose Red and The Golden Bird, and never, never forget- The Little Humpbacked Horse!
I want to illustrate more fairy tales. Maybe after November...
Oh, this is the great day when all 'Wrimos' are supposed to be halfway through their novels! Oh no, I better get writing.
Posted by Lydia