Folktale Week 2020

I really enjoyed doing a few illustrations for this year’s ‘Folktale Week’ challenge on Instagram. For the prompt ‘birth’ I chose the folktale ‘The Singing, Springing Lark’ where a woman, in search of her husband, asks the help of the moon who gives her a special egg to crack in a time of need. When she does, a golden hen and 12 golden chicks emerge. For the prompts ‘courtship/death’ I chose ‘Mrs Fox’s Wedding’ by the Brothers Grimm (slightly mixing together the two versions of the story) – Mrs Fox’s husband died, and suitors arrived to court her (one version says various animals from the forest, the other says foxes with varying numbers of tails) but she rejects them all because they aren’t as good as old Mr Fox. A young fox arrived, who also had a pointy face and nine tails like her former husband. Remembering that actually old Mr Fox was a bit selfish, she throws him out of the window, and marries the new younger fox.

Babe the Big Blue Ox Illustration
Babe the Big Blue Ox Illustration

For day two’s prompt ‘ritual’ I chose to draw the Cooper’s Hill cheese rolling event… with a bit of a twist.

Brave Little Tailor Folktale Illustration Detail Crop
Brave Little Tailor Folktale Illustration Detail Crop
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