For a client who doesn’t want to be mentioned, I’ve made some drafts to illustrate the Bulgarian fairy tale “The little Girl and the Winter Whirlwinds”. The project evolved in a different direction, but those drafts have led me to a new style – so I’d like to show them, even though they are unfinished and I most likely won’t finish them properly.
Teaser Picture: The heroine on her way through the deeply snowy forest
Figure 1: The snow is high and all the villagers meet in the tavern to counsel what to do.
Figure 2: The girl is on her way to see the Lord of Winter – and meets the wicked Winter Witch…
Figure 3: The Winter Witch sang the girl to sleep, where the forest animals find her – and wake her up!
Figure 4: The girl is awakening the lord of Winter, and he pledges to help the village.
Figure 5: Finally, spring is coming – and greeted by the villagers with a happy celebration!
The scenery of the story is is a tiny mountain village in Bulgaria. I really enjoyed investigating Bulgarian folk costumes and combining them with some more classical and historical elements, to find a style suitable for a timeless fairytale.
Figure 6: Drafts for characters and their styling with elements from Bulgarian folk costumes
I’m really looking forward to continue (a) in a new style – without outlines, but with more defined faces – and (b) to draw costumes and historical clothes more frequently. It’s such a pleasure to combine two of my specialties!