Friday, October 25, 2013

Life With Girls - The Forest Sprites

The Forest Sprites are something that I created based on a discussion on what fairies are by JRR Tolkein. He felt like fairys were more like nature spirits than little people as we see in Disney movies. So I designed a handful of them based on plant forms.

The subversive nature of Fairy Tales is something that I've always been drawn to. What better way to highlight the good and evil in human nature than a story for children? In 2013, I decided to do something a little more ambitious...perhaps too ambitious. While I'd still be making a calendar featuring the characters from Life With Girls dressed as characters from fairy tales, and calling it my "poor man's portfolio, it was a way that I could offer 12 high quality illustrations for a very reasonable price. I also approached several friends who are writers to retell each of those stories, so that I could collect them in a book with concept drawings, title designs, and more traditional fairy tale illustrations included as well.

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