Illustration Friday: Wrinkles


This week’s Illustration Friday entry. Hand drawn, scanned, computer inked and lettered and I think I may stick with pen and ink for line work in future.

The paper dress and strawberries are from one of my favourite fairytales. The bride is from fairytales as well, but also from that tradition of advertisements in which domestic bliss is promised by household appliances.

In answer to Leah’s question in the comments, I suspect the version I first read was from Grimm by way of Lang’s Red Fairy Book, as this is roughly the story The Three Dwarfs, The Three Little Men in the Woods. And here is a related French fairy tale (I don’t know where it is from originally) The Twelve Months, which I think I like better, as it is more poetic, though it finishes early and doesn’t meander on to tales of breaking ice in bare feet, being rescued by a prince, having a child, being changed into a duck in a moat, and finishes with happy endings and horrible punishments all around.]

Comments and criticism are both very welcome.

19 thoughts on “Illustration Friday: Wrinkles

  1. What a delightful take on the topic! Advertisements are fairy tales, after all… though generally not as true.

    I particularly like the mushroom cloud of steam adding a slightly ominous note to the prettiness…

    I am curious about the fairy tale with the paper dress & strawberries– I don’t remember that one. Is it in Grimm?

  2. Very nice treatment for the graphic art. I like the design a lot, since it is like a logo, so very iconic which is cool. The iron not very sure it is a solution yet, maybe need a silhouette of the iron and a little darker for the steam would help to tight it together. Just a suggestion.

  3. Thanks andi!
    And thankyou, timafli, for the criticism as well. I see what you mean and those were two aspects that were bothering me and with which I struggled – whether the steam would complicate the other lines, how to make the iron iconic but fit the illustration. I might play around with the file a bit.

  4. I love this style!
    And I really like how you incorporated fairy tales into your illustration.
    I need to try that!

    And thanks so much for your comment!


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