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Harp playing for Saint Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2013


I thought I’d post a quick sketch of the fairy tale princess playing the harp, though it’s more of a gothic harp in shape, and not an Irish harp or clàrsach/cláirseach. Still, she’s wearing green and she’s lovely. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013


Solitude is preferable to unwanted attention. If you’re alone this Saint Valentine’s Day, be grateful.

Here’s a little Valentine’s Day themed sketch of the fairy tale princess surrounded by a number of persistent Prince Charmings. Somehow I don’t think the flowers and hand-kissing are winning her over.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2013


The fairy tale princess wishes to cheer you on, that you might succeed with your New Year’s resolution!

Because I was never a cheerleader, I put her in gold and green, my mother’s old squad/team colors.

The Little Snow Angel

December 24, 2012


Merry Christmas!

While trying to figure out what I could draw for a Christmas post, I got this image in my head. Perfect! The fairy tale princess in her girlhood, making a snow angel. I decided to put her in a rich green dress because I love the color, and almost every single Christmas dress I’ve ever seen has been red. I wish you could see the trinity knots on the gold skirt trim better, but you’ll have to click on the thumb below for that.

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Not enough action for you? Take a look at my sister’s post!

200th Anniversary of Grimms’ Rapunzel

December 20, 2012


To mark the 200th anniversary of the fairy tales of the Grimm brothers, published as “Children’s and Household Tales” in 1812, I thought I’d post a distinctly Rapunzel-inspired sketch, since – out of all their tales – Rapunzel’s hair has clearly influenced my art the most.

I’m not quite sure how this image popped into my head, but I’ve never seen Rapunzel drawn at this angle, and I quite like the basic idea. I’ll have to do a full color version of her unfurling her hair one of these days.

Cantie Saunt Dandie’s Day tae ye!

November 30, 2012


Horse? Check. Hound? Check. Hawk? Check. Bow and arrow? Check. Dagger? Check. Castle? Check. Dragon? Check.

A quick draft of an idea I had for the cover art.

I thought I’d share a picture of the princess at her most outdoorsy. She certainly looks like she’s ready to go hunting, as much as a fairy tale princess ever does, of course. I think her hair would be a problem in real life, though.

Happy Saint Andrew’s Day!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2012

This old sketch was done entirely with the mouse, and it doesn’t get any bigger than this. I think I did it to test the fairy tale princess in a tunic and surcoat look, for her “fish out of water” moments.

I love that the green surcoat matches her eyes.

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2012

I just found this sketch lying around and thought she looked like she was doing her best impersonation of Cupid, since her feet aren’t touching the ground. Don’t ask me why I drew it like that; I have no idea, aside from laziness and an urge to draw dainty, pointed feet.

I’ve just discovered; she must have magical levitation powers! ; )

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2011

I had no idea what to post for Christmas until this vague image came into my head. I referenced England’s Rochester Castle for the classic castle outline. The background is unfinished.

I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas.

A Regal Mount

December 5, 2011

Perhaps owing to my mother’s lifelong love of horses, I have long adored draft horses and war horses. So, clearly, the princess needed a strong horse to ride in her adventures. Her story shall be full of rounceys, coursers and even a destrier.

This sketch is clearly older but I still like the structure of the horse. For some reason the princess has curled up on the saddle to take a nap… perhaps that’s why she chose such a large mount.