“This is a good book because it shows how you can be ugly and still move on.”
|—||"The Ugly Duckling," Hans Christian Andersen|
"The Ugly Duckling" Makeup by Tal Peleg
The Ugly Duckling
Pen on Paper
The apple trees were blooming and the lilac bushes stretched their flower-covered branches over the water of a winding canal. Everything was so beautiful: so fresh and green. Out of a forest of rushes came three swans. They ruffled their feathers and floated so lightly on the water. The ugly duckling recognized the birds and felt again that strange sadness come over him.
“I shall fly over to them, those royal birds! And they can hack me to death because I, who am so ugly, dare to approach them! What difference does it make? It is better to be killed by them than to be bitten by the other ducks, and pecked by the hens, and kicked by the girl who tends the henyard; or to suffer through the winter.”
And he lighted on the water and swam toward the magnificent swans. When they saw him, they ruffled their feathers and started to swim in his direction. They were coming to meet them.
“Kill me,” whispered the poor creature, and bent his head humbly while he waited for death. But what was that he saw in the water? It was his own reflection; and he was no longer an awkward, clumsy, grey bird, so ungainly and so ugly. He was a swan!
— The Ugly Duckling, by Hans Christian Andersen.
The Ugly Duckling
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A beautiful story of a baby swan, an outcast in a family of ducklings. His tale is of one overcoming solitude with the hope of one day becoming something beautiful. A beautiful swan, which he eventually becomes.
This shouldn’t break my heart as much as it does.
My book cover design for the ugly duckling i did for childrens book illustration. done with watercolor and microns