Ten Paces & floral

October 31st, 2011

A little while ago I participated in Ten Paces and Draw, a collaborative illustration project where you do a sketch for another illustrator and finish up a sketch made for you. As someone who doesn’t really do collaborations, it was really fun and unexpectedly liberating! The week’s theme was “floral” and I got a super cute sketch from Sarah Straub, the finished version of which you can see above.

My sketch was based on this weird fairytale I came across some time ago. “My gift to you is that every time you speak either a flower or jewel will drop out of your mouth” Can you imagine? That’s supposed to be a reward? On what planet! And she managed to reel in a prince with stuff falling out of her mouth continuously, impressive stuff.

Anyway, my sketch was finished by Julia Kostreva, who did a really beautiful job. Last week I needed a sketch to play around with some textures I was working on and ended up taking my sketch to completion too, which you can see below. Circle of life, etc.

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14 Comments

  1. I love that tale! When I was small I used to imagine how diamonds and violets come out of the girl’s mouth any time she speaks:) Although, your drawing might be even better than what I had in mind!

    //Antonia

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  2. Ivonne says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I like your work, well yo could make a halloween´s ilustration?.

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  3. Josephine says:

    I just finished reading the fairy tale. It seems like the fairy didn’t think her gift through, although if the girl landed a prince to save her from her awful sibling and mother, it worked well enough :) Just think what Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter could do with an adaptation of this story!

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  4. emmakisstina says:

    OH MY GOSH! I love the glow to the skin. Just gorgeous! xoxo

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  5. I love your work! so beautifull!

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  6. Catherine says:

    Wow, what a neat idea. I love both illustrations! I also remember reading that fairytale as a child and thinking that it must hurt to always have things coming out of your mouth, like throwing up or something. Not pleasant at all! Still, I adore your illustration~

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  7. iris says:

    What a wonderful collaboration! Both of them are really beautiful.
    Love from Madrid!
    xx

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  8. Laura Mills says:

    Is the orange background digital as well? It looks just like watercolour if it is! Really love this drawing. I’m sure I’ve come across this fairy tale before but can’t think when/where x

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  9. Ruth says:

    I don’t know if you know but Neil Gaiman did a re-telling of that fairytale in ‘Who Killed Amanda Palmer’. He takes it to the obvious conclusion of her choking on the sharp jewels as they come up her mouth and scrape her throat. It’s a pretty sinister tale.

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  10. Natalie says:

    The evil sister has frogs and bugs coming out of her mouth doesn’t she? That’s pretty gross.

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  11. Wow, what a neat idea. I love both illustrations! I also remember reading that fairytale as a child and thinking that it must hurt to always have things coming out of your mouth, like throwing up or something.Such great work on your blog………Keep it up

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  12. Wow, that second one really has such a sense of light and life! How interesting.

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  13. Paige says:

    I always loved that fairytale as a child. My mother has a book from the 50′s with that story in it and I love the illustrations in it. Very pretty representation of it. Though I always thought of it more as spilling from her lips not so much her mouth.But enjoy none the less.

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