Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Hideously Ugly Duckling

Everyone's heard some incarnation of The Ugly Duckling, so I won't bore anyone with the content of the story.  My illustration today doesn't exactly resemble a duckling or a baby swan, but I'm pretty sure I nailed the "ugly" part.

"...that is not a turkey; how well he uses his legs, and how upright he holds himself!"
[Graphite. Moleskine. 4"x6"]

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Sweethearts

... Or, The Top and the Ball, which leaves (regrettably) less to the imagination.

I read three different translations of the final two lines of this story, and the clear winner is as follows:

"You get over it when your beloved has lain in a gutter and oozed for five years.  You never recognize her when you meet her in the garbage bin."
[Haugaard translation]
[Ink / Copic. Sketchbook paper]