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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.

pencil sketch – playing with hair 3

May 30, 2011

Yet another little pencil sketch of the fairy tale princess from the “set” of her playing with her hair. This is a style of hair that I have come to call a “half bun”, since her hair is so long that a proper bun would be ginormous!

Hmm… she’s looking oddly flirty again…