Le Petit Chaperon Rouge / The Little Riding Hood
From Heidi Anne Heiner’s Bluebeard page at www.surlalunefairytales.com:
Bluebeard was already a folk tale by the time Charles Perrault wrote it down and published it in 1697. The history of the tale is debated, but the popular opinion is that the tale developed from the legend of Gilles de Rais (aka de Retz) (Murphy 1996).
Gilles de Rais (1401?-1440) was a Marshal of France and served under Joan of Arc before her execution. He was a French national hero for helping drive the English out of France. After the crowning of the Dauphin and the death of Joan of Arc, de Rais settled into his estates in Brittany and turned deviant. He practiced alchemy and black magic while he was a great patron of the arts. He enjoyed killing, usually by decapitation, young boys after he he had sodomized them. His fame and influence kept people from noticing that children were disappearing from his lands. Some speculators think the story of Bluebeard arose among the peasantry to warn their children to stay away from the dangerous baron whom they had no other protection against due to his political and financial stature. Finally, the Duke of Brittany investigated the murders and dug up the remains of 50 boys in de Rais’ castle. He confessed to 140 killings at his trial, but he might have killed up to 300 people. He was burned alive and hanged simultaneously for his crimes on October 26, 1440 (Mendoza 1998). You can read more about Gilles de Rais at Antonio Mendoza’s The Serial Killer Hit List—Part 1 site.
A rejected proposal for Sleeping Beauty.
Fairy Tale Scribbles (Image 6 of 6) - Bearskin
diamondback rattlesnake Medusa for Sketch_Dailies over on twitter! Just an excuse to practice drawing snake heads, let’s be honest.
I haven’t posted much recently due to BIG EXCITING LIFE CHANGES, so I figured I owed you guys something. :)
Why do I never see baby mermaids? Where are they? Imagine cute pudgy little wiggly butts trying to scoot around in the kelp beds while mommy watches all protective. I demand more fat baby mermaids.
Channeling some Judith and Salomé.
some more mermaid ideas