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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…

pencil sketch – playing with hair 2

April 25, 2011

I thought I’d post another sketch from the “set” of the fairy tale princess playing with her hair. This time she’s using it as a shawl … and looking oddly flirty. How did that happen?

pencil sketch – playing with hair

March 7, 2011

Pencil sketch of the fairy tale princess, done with several other sketches of her playing with her hair, which I have yet to post.

Renaissance Rapunzel

November 29, 2010

Ever since I learned that the story of Rapunzel goes back to the Italian tale of Petrosinella (1634), I couldn’t help picturing Rapunzel/Petrosinella as a dark, beautiful, Renaissance woman. So I did this little sketch on the computer. I like her with dark hair; Rapunzel is almost universally portrayed as a blonde.

The Little Book of Misfortune Cookies

November 22, 2010

Looking for a book to wipe that smile off your face? Well, look no further! What better way to depress yourself than to see your worst nightmares foretold? Filled with illustrations in the classic stickman style, The Little Book of Misfortune Cookies is the book for you.

It is impossible to overhype this masterpiece.
I shall never outdo myself! My art shall forever be haunted by the magnificent illustrations for this book. Everything I have done before and everything I do after will pale in comparison. Your soul will weep with the beauty . . .
Okay, I’m done blatantly lying to you.

The Little Book of Misfortune Cookies at
Written by Josh Williamson, cover by Brina Williamson, illustrations by Anna Williamson.

Yes, that’s a rhinoceros sitting on that poor stickman.

Lots of hair!

November 15, 2010

The fairy tale princess in all her apricot-tressed glory. Done in pencil on one sheet of 8.5×11 paper. I almost never draw full-page sketches; they’re usually only a few inches tall, a bunch crammed onto one page.
Drawing all that hair detail was so fun! (I know; I’m insane) Sometimes it’s almost like Celtic knots. It got so complicated that I scanned it so I could fill in the color to see what was hair and what was not.

The Villainess!

October 31, 2010

Happy Hallowe’en!

I couldn’t think of anything better for Hallowe’en than the fairy tale princess’s archenemy, the Wicked Fairy. Thought she looked Halloweenish, with the Gothic makeup, corset and claws(!). The green ‘stars’ are fireflies. This sketch was done to test the look of her crescent-moon collar.

color test – Rapunzel’s tower window

October 18, 2010

Wow! I still know how to make a post!

The fairy tale princess in Mother Gothel’s tower. An old sketch, done on the computer with the mouse, if that excuses the quality. It was mostly a color palette and lighting test, lots of lavender/lilac in ode to the rampion (‘rapunzel’) plant’s flowers, and terra cotta for the Italian version of the tale, Petrosinella (1634), the predecessor of Rapunzel (1812).

Red, White and Blue

July 4, 2010


Happy Birthday, America! 

Since I posted something green for Saint Patrick’s Day, I had to post something red, white and blue for the 4th of July. So here are a few drawings of the fairy tale princess in gowns in the aforementioned colors. Red is, obviously, Christmas-inspired. White is snow and celestial; sort of going for something ethereal and unadorned. Blue is a starry midnight sky. Sorry they aren’t shaded, but I wanted to post them some time today!

(click a thumbnail to see the full size)

pencil sketch – pose

June 21, 2010

Pencil sketch of the fairy tale princess done mostly for the pose, but also proportions. Though she’s motionless, I’ve been told she looks athletic. Not sure how I managed that. I like the unimpressed look on her face in this one.

“How can she be a fairy tale princess if she isn’t wearing a puffy gown?” you may ask. Well, this sketch is for the part of her story when she’s “out of her element”, so to speak. Hence the messy, practical hair style.