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Illustration friday--Multiples/leap

Illustration friday--Multiples/leap

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Once again I find myself short on time for Illustration Friday, so I've combined two topics. I'd originally thought to do a version of the 12 dancing princesses for "Multiples" but as I was reading variants of that one, I came across the story of Kate Crackernuts, and was intrigued. Originally, both the girls were named Kate, though Joseph Jacobs renamed the queen's daughter Anne for his version to avoid confusion.

So-- multiple Kates, and multiple princes-- one sick, one well. I kind of liked the parallels, and I liked Kate Crackernuts herself. Here I have her bring her sister along when she follows the prince to the fairy dancing ground, rather than sitting under the trees cracking nuts. I figured they'd have more nuts if they both gathered...

"Leap" is the fairies dancing the poor prince's feet off, of course.
peta_andersen has a very interesting commentary on this story over at her blog, if you'd like to read more.


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  • I'm always so impressed with what you do with light. Very lovely.
  • Nice...like how their arms come out of the frame too.

    Still thinking positive things (and sending them your way) -- that world so needs to be available for all to read :D
    • Thanks! I had this image almost done when I suddenly had to drop everything and work on That Other Thing...
      *sigh*
      Now I'm trying to rework the old priority list, collecting little bits of plans from here and there, where I threw them last week.
      Gah.
      I will get that one out again, though I suspect I'll go back to getting the other one ready to go first, as was my original plan.
      • It's kind of nice to have more than one thing percolating...gives an extra balance to things.
        • I agree-- that way you don't tend to overfocus on one thing. Actually, I'm not sure if I'm capable of doing one project at a time. I tend to need the contrast other tasks provide to do my best.
  • (Anonymous)
    Wow this is incredibly mysterious and fabulous. I think this is my all time favorite of yours. Wonderful comes to mind!

    The lighting the colors the tones the definition! Excellent!
    • Thanks so much! I've been unsure what I think about it-- glad you like it! The story was new to me, and really fun.
  • (no subject) - ex_laurasal
  • I love the Kate Crackernuts story and have it in my collection along with Cap O Rushes, Catskin, and both Tattercoats and Tatterhood.

    Liz, your art continues to amaze me! This illustration is perfect! I love the colors you used and magical quality with the moonbeams and the fairy lights. The expression on Kate's face is wonderful! And I love how she is protecting her sister Anne and hanging out of the frame, like Tater Tot in your author's portrat you did for me.

    Edited at 2008-03-08 10:00 pm (UTC)
    • Glad you liked it! I was thinking about tater tot when I moved her arms out of the frame... I like the 3-d thing!
  • Looks like it should be a card for Magic: The Gathering collectors card game.
  • I love this. I'm so happy to see that someone else is reading--and appreciating--Kate Crackernuts =c).

    I did a re-telling and analysis of Kate Crackernuts for my site (I do Fairy Tale Fridays, though I'm running a bit behind at the moment) back in January. It saddened me that it took me around a day and half to find an image to go with the post. I ended up settling on what I think is a pen and ink sketch; though it captures a little of the story, it's not nearly as appropriate as your work.

    It's also great that you kept Kate's plainness--too often illustrators render plain heroines as great beauties.
    • Glad you enjoyed this-- and that you retold and analyzed her on your site! It was the first time I'd come across the story, and I just loved it.
      Feel free to link to this, if you like!
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