Tuesday, November 17, 2009

illustration friday - unbalanced


All fairy tales contain unbalanced characters, a step-mother who has to wear red hot iron shoes as punishment, a girl who gets her feet cut off cause she bought red shoes, mute wives suspected of cannibalism, you know what I'm talking about but I'm sure the first fairy tale that came to your mind as the most unbalanced was the tale of Olga Von Kurtzenberger in the story of "Der Cinder Frauline" by Hans Christian Grimm. Who can forget the introduction..."Once upon a time there lived a very poor girl who was horribly abused by her step-mother and any other step-relations she may have had. Her father had no interest in her and therefore let her suffer perhaps because his new wife was so hot. Poor Olga Von Kurtzenberger was made to sleep on the logs in the fireplace which earned her the name of 'Der Cinder Frauline' and a ruptured disc of her 7th vertebrae. But one day her horrid luck and parental neglect would came to an end for while Olga was pulling weeds in the kitchen garden what should she find but a mystical shrunken head! It would grant her every wish with its magical glowing...." But of course you all know this story already! So this is my unbalanced submission for this week. Enjoy folks!

9 comments:

Dave said...

great illustration. Like most fairy tales, lots of gruesome hidden in the cute.

Sally Taylor said...

Wonderful! Hilarious! You are right. Most fairy tales as people think of them now have been Disneyfied. The originals were meant to scare children (and adults) strait.

Pencil Pocket said...

oh wow... great stuff!

Shirley said...

Absolutely hilarious. Wonderful post...thank you so much..I thoroughly enjoyed this. And your illustration is fantastic!

translucentblue said...

Brilliant post! I love both story and illo...two thumbs up!

T.Brown said...

Looking great Casey. Love the colors the palette really holds together well. I would probably tweek the value on her arm in the air. It gets a little lost in the sky behind it. Great lines and shapes. Really awesome piece.

Cliff Mills said...

Nice Casey. I like it alot.

Casey Stadler said...

Thanks guys! Trevor, I didn't notice the values on the arm. I'll darken her up a little.

Laura Wegkamp said...

Casey! I love it! So good.