Friday, November 8, 2013

The Princess and the Pea

The Paper Bag Princess was our original jumping off point for the retelling of The Princess and the Pea. I wanted it to be the story of a girl who proves her station and then walks away from the boy who wouldn't have someone without a certain status. Leighton took that kernel and created something so much better by adding a twist that made the prince look much more foolish. The story, rewritten by Leighton Connor 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 at .

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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