Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hansel and Gretel

Set in the hills of Appalachia, Hansel and Gretel takes the classic cautionary tale and updates it with a witch made of wood and spiders, a clever girl and headstrong boy.  The story, rewritten by Josh Burnett will be available in the Handmade Fairytales Volume 2, coming in the spring. If you'd like to check out Volume one, it's available in my web store.

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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