Wednesday, 15 August 2012

King Thrushbeard part 2

Finally finished the illustration for King Thrushbeard (or King Grisly-Beard) from Grimm's Fairy Tales.
For those who don't know it, it is about a stuck up princess who makes fun of all the suitors that her father presents to her. One king in particular she makes fun of for his beard and thus gets the name of King Thrushbeard. Her father gets angry with her and vows she will have the next beggar man as her husband. Three days later, a fiddles comes by, the king likes how he plays and marries his daughter to her. Anyway, to make this short, the beggar takes her to his home in King Thrushbeards land, puts her to various types of work and eventually ends up as a scullery maid in the palace. One day King Thrushbeard is having a big party to introduce his new bride and as he walks in, he is so happy that he grabs the prettiest girl in the room to dance with which is this very princess. She tries to run but he tells her that he is in fact the beggar, her husband. They live happily ever after.

Close up of the characters. I like the expressions and tension.

Done with parker ink, bleach, and watercolours.
The dress is based on an Edwardian dress, can't remember where I found it online.
Thanks to Dave Hooper, Merle Hunt, Benjamin Randell and myself for the tons of reference pictures taken for this one image.

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