Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Illustration Friday - Entangled

No Illustration Friday entry last week because of Thanksgiving, but I'm back this week with my new illustration! The theme this week is entangled:
I chose to illustrate one of Aesop's Fables, The Fox and the Mosquitoes. The fable is as follows:

A Fox after crossing a river got its tail entangled in a bush, and could not move. A number of Mosquitoes seeing its plight settled upon it and enjoyed a good meal undisturbed by its tail. A hedgehog strolling by took pity upon the Fox and went up to him: "You are in a bad way, neighbour," said the hedgehog; "shall I relieve you by driving off those Mosquitoes who are sucking your blood?"

"Thank you, Master Hedgehog," said the Fox, "but I would rather not."

"Why, how is that?" asked the hedgehog.

"Well, you see," was the answer, "these Mosquitoes have had their fill; if you drive these away, others will come with fresh appetite and bleed me to death."


It's a strange little tale, but upon reading it I could completely envision the composition for the final piece. I wanted to play around with a flatter illustration style this time around (somewhat inspired by illuminated manuscripts).

7 comments:

Michelle said...

Beautiful, beautiful work…

k.h.whitaker said...

very nice illustration

Josh (musarter) said...

Cool Style and great illustration. I really like the composition and color choices.

Jack Foster said...

You nailed it Sarah! Great fox! Love that cute little hedgehog too! Great way to get inspiration.

Puzzle2397 said...

You know I love anything with a fox in it :)

nessadee said...

Oh poor fox! Great illustration!

the enigma said...

absolutely cute, and love the colors!