A fellow Deviant kindly informed me of an art thief selling pendants imprinted with stolen artwork on Ebay.
My stolen art: www.ebay.com.au/itm/Disney-Tan…
Thief's shop: www.ebay.com.au/sch/courtneydi…
I recognize some other work there but I'm not sure who they belong to. If you know who they are then please do contact them. For once I give permission to spam this shop to hell. I don't tolerate art theft in any form (especially as that particular painting of mine took forever to complete!).
Anyway, I hope someone will be able to inform the other artists. Thanks for your time
- Mood: Disgust
Just a friendly post letting you all know that I've set up an Instagram! I've been working on lots of side projects, including some Naruto cosplay stuff, so if your curiosity has been mildly aroused please hit me up. Also, leave your Instagram name in the comments and I'll hit you back
My Instagram name is: hannah_alexander24
Also, I had a bit of a run in with one of these strange role playing accounts on Instagram, or whatever the heck she called it. Some kind of shrine to Princess Bubblegum. Anyway, it had a ton of fanart done by a variety of artists, none of them credited. She wasn't claiming them to be her own, but I still don't massively agree with this shrine concept. Fanart isn't pubic domain and I think it's polite to credit. I get pretty mad when I see my artwork posted uncredited. She said she didn't know the artists, just pulled them off google images, but I still think there should have been a disclaimer or something. Any thoughts?
- Mood: Cheerful
Oh, hai. So I'm gonna talk about something totally personal to me, yet something that's shared by millions of people every day. And I NEVER talk about this stuff. For the first time in seven years I've only just managed to talk about it to someone and it felt good, and after that I was able to tell someone else, which also felt good, so now I'm gonna tell all y'all.
(Please note that this isn't a cry for attention or sympathy. I'm just sharing my story with the kindling hope that it might help or comfort people who suffer in a similar way).
When I was seventeen I inexplicably developed a case of social anxiety. I don't know much about the hows or whys but I can tell you this: it totally messed me up. Back then I was in college (all you Americans call it High School) and although I had some awesome friends, some days I couldn't bring myself to leave the house much less go on crazy social adventures out of hours.
Schooling was an issue. I missed so mainly classes. Sometimes I'd be off for weeks. I got into so much trouble. People thought I was a slacker but I was happy to fuel this image because it was easier than admitting I actually had a mental problem. I ended up dropping a load of subjects that I loved simply because I couldn't bear to be in a classroom situation. I kept art because art was conducted in a studio. In an art class there's little conformity compared to an academic classroom, plus I could leave the room at my discretion when the situation became too suffocating.
At its worse, I finally decided I needed help. I went to the doctors. I was laughed off. I remember sitting in the surgery crying because I was so sad and terrified of that awful, dark anxiety that had such a grip on my life, yet the doctor told me it was a phase. My case was dismissed because I was young, I suppose. A raging ball of teenage hormones. I was made to feel like a complete idiot and decided not to talk to anyone about it again.
Two years later I decided I needed to rely on myself to change. What helped me? Buddhism and meditation. Herbal remedies and peppermint tea. I shit you not. I sound like a massive hippy but, hey, it helped me go to university (college for y'all 'muricans).
Don't get me wrong, it didn't totally disappear. I still got 'attacks' every now and again, but I learnt to wrestle it down, for the most part (I DID miss my first day of university though, heh).
So when, a month ago, I started getting the old Buddhism book out again, I should've noticed the signs. Too much going on at once: the anniversary of the death of my little sister, family confrontations, relationship issues and being bullied at work.
And then last night I woke up at 3am and had a panic attack. Yaaaaay /sarcasm.
BUT. This time, I actually TALKED to people using WORDS (and a few tears). My long term boyfriend (who had no idea what the heck was going on when I suddenly and inexplicably had to leave a dinner at a restaurant with a group of friends a few months back, bless his patience), who was actually really gentle and understanding and didn't tell me it was a phase. I feel so much better because now he'll actually understand when I become a stammering mess while attempting to merge with society, and then loosely blaming it on 'a headache'. I also talked to my co-worker, who offered very sound advice and has promised to support me 100%.
I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER.
I don't think my anxiety will ever go away completely. I live primarily in sunshine, yet with the knowledge that rain will return at some point. BUT. I know that there are a lot of us out there. Depression. Anxiety. All dat shiz. And if you wanna talk or vent or cry you can in the comments. I'll listen. Maybe I can help. Maybe someone who reads your comment can help. Maybe it will help just to get it down in writing. If it helps you, you can keep coming back to this blog and venting over and over. I don't mind. That's why I've written it.
IT'S GOOD TO TALK. I wish I'd known that seven years ago but opening up is hard for me, especially in today's society where everyone is so judgemental and dismissive of mental illnesses such as depression. Don't you love the old 'Why can't you just get over it' response?
Here's a list of things that help me. Maybe they'll help you, maybe not. But it might open up some avenues that lead to partial if not complete recovery.
Herbal tea specifically peppermint. When I get anxiety (specifically before entering a situation that will give me an anxiety attack) I find it therapeutic to sip on peppermint tea. It calms an unsettled belly and focuses my mind.
Herbal remedies The one down from prescribed medication. Let's be honest: no one wants to be on medication anyway. Herbal remedy 'Kalms' helped me loads, though sometimes I felt that their effect was perhaps purely psychological.
Meditation Clearing my mind allowed me to focus on my problems one by one, analyse them in a detached way rather than during a heightened state of panic.
Breathing exercises Particularly helpful when IN said situation. In through the nose, out through the mouth. Again, a calming effect.
Lingering on the outside of situations In particular, I always choose desks/chairs at the back of classrooms/workplaces. Near the door would be the best. It defeats some of the suffocation of being surrounded by a lot of people in a situation I can't necessarily escape from. If I'm near a door I feel comforted.
Lastly, talking. It helped. It helps.
So if you wanna talk, you can here. Share experiences, advice, lend an ear. What helps you through bad situations? How do you fight your way out of a rubbish situation?
If you don't wanna talk, then I hope you defeat your demons in a way that suits you best
- Mood: Pride
Warning: Imma 'bout to rant.
First off I'd like to point out that I'm not a raving feminist. I acknowledge that women are not equal in western society (despite corporate efforts that seem to be more about statements and false enthusiasm on the subject rather than actually taking women seriously) and I don't think we will be equal for a long time, if ever. Just how it is. Unfortunate (from the perspective of a woman), but just how it is.
ANYWAY. Here's my rant. I'm really tired of a female character being undermined by her being half nude. Really, really tired of it. And I'm not talking about artistic nudity, I'm talking about ass-cheek flashing skirts, bikini tops and little else (I'm looking at you, Japan).
I love a strong female lead, but they're so rare. Writers find it so hard to create a complex female character; they're either so brave and outspoken that they become butch and unattractive by design, or they're a sex object. A hopeless damsel in distress or someone who can hold their own until a man comes along and is inevitably better than her at everything bar looking good in a tiny dress.
Let's take Kaine as an example, from videogame Nier. She's totally badass, until she turns around, and then she's just all ass: static.giantbomb.com/uploads/o…
She transforms from being an actual person with actual feelings, to a sex object in the time it takes for her to turn around. Personally, I find it insulting. Whether we realise it or not, this image is brainwashing both women and men into thinking that this is all we're worth. We don't have feelings or brains, we're all tits and ass.
I understand that comic book and videogame companies are targeting their prime audience: men. And men want something to look at. It's understandable, I'm not criticising. But I feel it's sending the wrong message.
Of course there's nothing wrong with having a sexual and powerful character, but I'd love to see more female designs that aren't defined by their sexuality. I'd like a character to be respected for their battle prowess and/or personality, and for their attractiveness to be a bonus (I feel the Final Fantasy girls almost hit that mark).
I write this because of a recent picture that made front page. I shan't link it. But it basically depicted an Amazonia tribe amidst 'war'. It would've been cool except that all the women's 'armour' consisted of thongs, skimpy straps and bikini tops with the occasional helm and javelin thrown in for health and safety. I feel like the idea of this strong society of warrior women was completely undermined by the artist depicting them as sex objects. It's such a shame and worse still, it's ACCEPTED.
It's difficult to find any fictional character that's worthy of being a role model, at least in terms of dress. Perhaps because a strong woman with clothes on is either too boring for a man, or makes them feel uncomfortable?
I'd like to see more characters like Anya, from Gears of War.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Heather from Silent Hill 3
Faith Connor's from Mirror's Edge
Perhaps even Black Widow, from the Avengers, to a certain extent.
Now, I'm not bashing men. I'm not saying that men are purely driven by sexual desire and have no interest in women beyond physical attraction. That's not it. I totally get that men want something to look at. (And we certainly don't help ourselves with Playboy etc.) I'm blaming the media and uncreative, lazy writing and that the bottom line is, well, sex sells.
I suppose I can't get mad at these primarily male writers/designers/illustrators, but it would be nice to be shown some semblance of respect and acknowledgement to the fact that we are more than just sex objects and not EVERY design has be all tits and ass. Just saiyan.
I'm sure an onslaught of people will disagree with me, but I'd be interested to hear your opinion, especially if you're a man! Please do share
- Mood: Irritated
- Listening to: Marina and the Diamonds
- Reading: ShadowHeart, by Tad Williams
- Watching: Mob Wives
- Playing: Ni No Kuni
Just letting everyone know that I'll be changing my username from LadyAdler to Hannah-Alexander .
LadyAdler was one of those impulsive names I chose at about the same time the first Sherlock Holmes movie came out. I didn't even like it that much. It holds no relevance to me as an artist nor does it have any nostalgic value. Even though illustrating is just a fun past time for me I feel that using my name is more professional and grown up. Generally I go by my name or the name of my Etsy store, Neverbird Designs, around the internetz anyway.
Just thought I'd let everyone know to avoid confusion! It will be changed in a couple of days You wont need to re-watch me or anything like that. If you type in my old username you'll be redirected to my new one automatically.
I think it's cool dA finally added the option to change your username. Over the years I've seen many artists complain about it. Some even create entirely new accounts just because they're sick of their old name.
BY THE WAY. You know when you've favourited an awesome, inspiring piece of work and then you go back to look at it in all it's beauty and you get: 'THIS DEVIATION IS IN STORAGE.' That really pisses me off. BUT. Does that mean it's just gone into the artist's scraps?? It only occurred to me today that that's what might be happening. If it's been entirely removed that kinda annoys me. Just because you, as the artist, are unhappy with some of your old work shouldn't mean it should be removed from your gallery completely, because OTHER people might still enjoy it. Same with fanfiction. It crushes me when some of my favourite fanfiction that's been around for years gets removed by the author. It doesn't hurt anyone by keeping it online! I just don't get it.
- Mood: Daily Needs
- Playing: Ni No Kuni/Borderlands 2
Can someone please explain to me what an 'adoptable' is?
Like: www.deviantart.com/art/III-Pok… and www.deviantart.com/art/Pokemon…
So... from what I understand you're paying for... the right to use the artist's design? So you 'own' that character? Like, $30 for the chance replicate someone's work? It's like a commission you never asked for.
ANOTHER thing is in the 'Rules' it often says 'Feel free to change the design once you've purchased them'. Um. Whut. So... basically... you're... drawing your own character from scratch. What the heck are you paying this person for then?
AND THIS: 'Character is completely yours after purchase BUT this art and character design is completely mine and so credits would be really appreciated if you plan on uploading it anywhere.'
WHUT. So... you still don't technically OWN the design, even after paying for it??? No, srsly, what am I missing hereee???
Please explain and also share your opinion on adoptables! Would you purchase an adoptable? Is it any different to purchasing an art print? Wtf is an adoptable anyways?
I'm not hating on the people who sell adoptables, I'm just a little confused!
- Mood: Confused
- Reading: A Thief In The Night, by David Chandler
- Playing: Ni No Kuni
Shameless plug time.
I've made a few of my Mucha Disney artworks into cameo charm pendants, if you're interested
They're available HERE.
Thanks for looking
- Mood: Love
- Listening to: Cry's livestream
- Reading: A Thief In The Night, by David Chandler
- Playing: Ni No Kuni
Sorry, sorry, but I just have to! It's a much talked about subject among my friends and society in general - What would you do in a zombie apocalypse?
I gotta admit, I think about this WAY too much. I acknowledge that I'm being totally dumb. Actually, my fear isn't a zombie apocalypse (let's face it, scientifically it'll never happen) but of either nuclear fallout or some kind of fast spreading virus.
But let's face it: everyone has a plan, even if they won't admit it. Everyone has at least pondered the subject.
Truthfully? I'll probably be one of the first to go. I'm rubbish in emergency situations, I panic, I have absolutely no outdoors survival skills, I rely heavily on technology and I'm very, very weak. Also if they're RUNNING zombies I'd be like, NOPE. F*** that. Ain't even gonna try. Everyone (especially boys) always think they're gonna be like Daryl Dixon (Walking Dead) and be all badass. I will readily admit that that will not be me. BUT. If by some miracle I manage to survive, my plan is pretty simple.
1. Make a base. At first, it will probably be my house. Screw all those poor sods trying to make it to the nearest airport, I'm stayin' in one place. I'd board up the windows then make one room upstairs as secure as possible, preferably with an escape exit.
2. Raid all the local shops. Sorry community, but I'm totally becoming a looter. Luckily for me there's a food store AND a drug store up the road.
3. Find a weapon. No idea what. I live in England so there aren't many guns laying around. I have a feeling I'd be TERRIBLE at any form of combat so I'd probably try to find something javelin-esque - not for throwing, mind you. I just want them dead before they get too close.
4. I'd make a big ass sign on my roof for any aircrafts, but I'd make the sign spell the current date rather than 'HELP' so they know I'm still alive when they fly over.
5. And then I'd wait. And if no one came then I guess I'd hit the road on my bicycle. I wouldn't head for the coast because I don't know how to sail a boat or navigate, so I'd try to find more people and hole up somewhere in the countryside.
To be honest, it's not the zombies that scare me, though. It's people. The moment our society breaks down people go crazy. Sometimes I think it's all that holds us together. I read in an article once that it would only take a week of not having food in the supermarkets for the people to start rioting. Everyone has seen it happen before, to a lesser extent. I remember when there was a gas strike a few years back and everyone went crazy, fighting at the gas stations, carrying fuel away in buckets, etc. It's scary.
So what's your plan? Don't forget this is just a silly discussion, I'm not one of those crazy end-of-world fanatics lol. I've just watched too many zombie movies
- Mood: Terror
- Reading: A Thief In The Night, by David Chandler
- Watching: ChaoticMonki
- Playing: Ni No Kuni
- Drinking: Tea
Edit: Prints available on second site! Link down below.
I had trouble publishing art prints of my Mucha Princess series due to their dimensions. After some thought, I decided to go to an outside company - now it's their problem! Hehe.
You can find them here!
And also here!!
Any questions or print requests, let me know
ALSO. What do people think of art blogs? Been thinking of starting one to show WIPs, tutorials, random tidbits etc. I do lots of different art outside of dA so I thought it could be a place that people could follow ALL my work. Does anyone else have an art blog? What's the general feeling about them? Do you follow any? If you do, what do you like to see in blogs? Can you recommend any good blog hosts?
Mucha style Sleeping Beauty
Adventure Time poster
- Mood: Pleased
- Drinking: Juice
I'm sure none of you would do this but please DO NOT send this person abuse or hassle her or whatever. If you want to say anything please do so here! Only spread positivity please
So... I was browsing through Etsy and I came across this totally cute stone ornament. It's really very sweet, so I clicked on it... and then I looked at the price.
As far as I know, the ornament in question is literally a stone, like one you would find lying around anywhere, with a face crudely painted onto the front.
I shit you not.
Another example... A piece of wood with an eye painted on it. It's now a Driftwood Dragon. $105.
Here is the item... and by all means have a browse around her shop and purchase if you like anything! www.etsy.com/listing/109645449…?
Again, I would never be so obnoxious as to question the seller or spread negativity. Afterall, all the stone artwork she creates is original and pretty darn cool, and what she does in her spare time doesn't effect me in the slightest. No one is MAKING me purchase her art.
I just... I mean...urgh... blurgh. Can't even articulate my puzzlement.
Am I alone in my confusion? Please someone point out some vital detail I've missed. Please someone give me an insight! I love nearly all forms of art and stone art (?) is no exception. It's an awesome idea. But would you pay that much?? I mean... it's like the greatest business idea since bottled water! I'm envious I didn't think of it first haha!
I don't mean to cause offense, I'm just baffled and looking for some kind of explanation without hassling the actual artist. Insights please!!
- Mood: Questionable
- Playing: Minecraft
Firstly, my main source of inspiration does genuinely spring from my imagination. I've been drawing since I was about six-years-old and I always have a seed of an idea singing to me from some part of my brain. The need to breathe life into that little idea is a terrible itch, but a gratifying one.
Most of my pictures are inspired by women. Obviously. I love female anatomy, so my ideas will always start with an idea for a pose. The hair is my favourite part and that often completes the image in my mind - I love creating the flow and shapes. Colour comes next, often inspired by the environment and season I picture the subject in. The image grows from there.
But of course I am inspired by what I see around me. It's fair to say that pretty much everything can be used as inspiration, from day to day media like movies and cartoons, to the texture of a tree trunk or the feather of a bird. But my main inspiration is drawn from other artists, fashion photography, the ocean, weather, seasons and fairy tales.
As with most little girls, Disney had a massive effect on my creativity (and my outlook of life in general), hence why I lean toward Disney fanart so often, but not many realise that videogames were what started my hobby. When I was around 6/7 I was bought a Playstation for Christmas, and became enthralled with the designs of the characters. I loved the concept sketches of Final Fantasy 7 and 8, Dead or Alive and, most influentially, Lara Croft. If it wasn't for them, I probably wouldn't be drawing today. From about 10-years-old and onwards, I was also influenced by anime/manga, which still works to inspire me, even though I'm not the otaku fanatic I was ten years ago!
Though some people might consider taking inspiration from other people's work 'cheating', I would completely disagree. The artist in question would have failed miserably if someone didn't feel moved or motivated by their creation. In fact, I'm sure it's every artist's dream to make other's feel something and remember their work.
With that in mind, here is a list of artists that inspire me most! I'm sure you would have heard of some of them but regardless of popularity, these are the people who make me feel excited about picking up a pen and putting it to paper.
Her skill on Photoshop is undisputed, though what really draws me to her work is her use of earth-tone themes slashed through with one or two vibrant, luminous colours. Her subject matters are also really cool too, and I love how she's not afraid to make her girls curvy! And like myself, she draws her inspiration from the sea.
Although I don't exhibit my watercolour work on dA, it is my second favourite medium to use besides Photoshop. I adore Tir-ri's unique style. Her colours are always varied yet beautifully coordinated, and she uses specks of white in all the right places. What is most striking about her work though, is the story she always manages to tell through the themes and characters featured in her work.
A well known online photographer. What can I say? Her work is stunning. Whimsical but dark, like every good fairytale that's ever been written. It's also nice to see such a successful female photographer.
Again with the watercolours. Her pictures are always so warming, not only because of the autumn palettes she often uses but because the subject matter is so delicately drawn. It's reminiscent of renaissance art, I feel, though much softer.
5. Vanessa Lake
I have a real thing about beautiful, tattooed women! Although I think it's a shame she's had so much plastic surgery recently (eep, sorry Vanessa!), she's still a stunning redhead with an epic pout, so what more could you ask for? Oh yeah, that's right; she takes wonderful, self styled pictures that are cheeky, provocative and bundles of fun.
6. Cate Parr www.cateparr.com
Moar watercolours?? Oh yes! Fashion illustration at its finest. How she manages to capture the female form with no pencil guidelines, I'll never know. Her colour choices and blending are awe inspiring.
'Okay, you like watercolours, we get it' - You. But seriously, Koyamori's work is a strange mish-mash of simplicity and detail. The closer you look the more you see! The layering is extraordinary. The subject matter is often dark, yet softened with a playful and childish style. These are the kind of pictures I want in my children's nursery.
8. The Master - Alphonse Mucha
Savin' the best 'til last. The man that influenced a thousand artists and more. What could I possibly say to summarise his timeless art?
These are only a few of the people that inspire me. Please share with me your favourite artists and why they inspire you! Everyone has someone they turn to when their brain goes 'blurgh'.
- Mood: Artistic
- Playing: Borderlands 2
IF YOU WANT TO BLOG MY WORK, PLEASE DO SO FROM MY TUMBLR ACCOUNT, OR AT THE VERY LEAST LINK TO MY dA PAGE IN THE DESCRIPTION.
Please. I'm not asking a lot. I spend a lot of time and effort on my work and it's disheartening when they're distributed without a thought to credit the actual artist. It's just plain disrespectful.
If there's something you would like to blog that hasn't been posted on my Tumblr, please feel to ask and I will upload it
In addition, if you see any of my stuff being posted anywhere without credit, please let me know so I can kick cyber butt
- Mood: Anger
- Playing: Borderlands 2
I'm not one for feeling sorry for myself and I'm certainly not an attention seeker, but I haven't had a brilliant year. Unfortunately, my little sister unexpectedly passed away in September. I then fell out with my family, suffered from health problems and lost my job. I am thankful for the things I do have, such as a roof over my head and my loving boyfriend, but I definitely needed a way to entertain myself and push through the hard times.
So I'm super stoked to introduce my little pet project: Never Bird Designs. An Etsy shop dedicated to creating art, jewellery and crafts inspired by fairytales, myths and folklore!
Admittedly the idea for Never Bird was blooming in my mind long before my sister died and things went a bit crazy. After acknowledging the fact that I'm never going to exploit my artistic side in the Money-Making-World of Everyday-Life, I decided to undertake something that would fulfill the artistic itch I'm sure we all suffer from every now and again! Never Bird is kind of my baby and I enjoy and have enjoyed every second that has gone into making it a reality. It's an awesome learning experience, and I couldn't think of a better way to fill my spare time!
Everything is handmade and affordable. The latter was important to me because I'm always broke (haha) so I hope that the prices are accessible for everyone. Most importantly, I hope to expand into plush making, tshirt and bag designing and more. Plus lots more original artwork. It's very early days at the moment! Suggestions are always welcome
I would very much appreciate it if you guys took the time to check it out, and even spread the word if you like what you see!! www.etsy.com/shop/neverbirddes…
Also! I have a new Tumblr account (my old one is now inactive), so please follow me/check it out! If you follow me I'll follow you back --- www.neverbirddesigns.tumblr.com
I'll be posting artwork that was for Never Bird on my dA account in the next week and don't worry, I'll still be doing fanart in my spare time too!
If you have an online/etsy store or generally make anything cool, please let me know in the comments! I'll be sure to check it out!
- Mood: Cheerful
- Reading: Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss
- Playing: Borderlands 2
- Drinking: Water
The Pied Piper
In the tale of the Pied Piper, we have a village overrun with rats. A man arrives dressed in clothes of pied (a patchwork of colors) and offers to rid the town of the vermin. The villagers agree to pay a vast sum of money if the piper can do it and he does. He plays music on his pipe which draws all the rats out of the town. When he returns for payment the villagers won't cough up so the Pied Piper decides to rid the town of children too! In most modern variants, the piper draws the children to a cave out of the town and when the townsfolk finally agree to pay up, he sends them back. In the darker original, the piper leads the children to a river where they all drown (except a lame boy who couldn't keep up). Some modern scholars say that there are connotations of pedophilia in this fairy tale.
Little Red Riding Hood
The version of this tale that most of us are familiar with ends with Riding Hood being saved by the woodsman who kills the wicked wolf. But in fact, the original French version (by Charles Perrault) of the tale was not quite so nice. In this version, the little girl is a well bred young lady who is given false instructions by the wolf when she asks the way to her grandmothers. Foolishly riding hood takes the advice of the wolf and ends up being eaten. And here the story ends. There is no woodsman no grandmother just a fat wolf and a dead Red Riding Hood. The moral to this story is to not take advice from strangers.
The Little Mermaid
The 1989 version of the Little Mermaid might be better known as "The big whopper!" In the Disney version, the film ends with Ariel the mermaid being changed into a human so she can marry Eric. They marry in a wonderful wedding attended by humans and merpeople. But, in the very first version by Hans Christian Andersen, the mermaid sees the Prince marry a princess and she despairs. She is offered a knife with which to stab the prince to death, but rather than do that she jumps into the sea and dies by turning to froth. Hans Christian Andersen modified the ending slightly to make it more pleasant. In his new ending, instead of dying when turned to froth, she becomes a "daughter of the air" waiting to go to heaven so, frankly, she is still dead for all intents and purposes.
In the tale of snow white that we are all familiar with, the Queen asks a huntsman to kill her and bring her heart back as proof. Instead, the huntsman can't bring himself to do it and returns with the heart of a boar. Now, fortunately disney hasn't done too much damage to this tale, but they did leave out one important original element: in the original tale, the Queen actually asks for Snow White's liver and lungs which are to be served for dinner that night! Also in the original, Snow White wakes up when she is jostled by the prince's horse as he carries her back to his castle not from a magical kiss. What the prince wanted to do with a dead girl's body I will leave to your imagination. Oh in the Grimm version, the tale ends with the Queen being forced to dance to death in red hot iron shoes!
In the original sleeping beauty, the lovely princess is put to sleep when she pricks her finger on a spindle. She sleeps for one hundred years when a prince finally arrives, kisses her, and awakens her. They fall in love, marry, and (surprise surprise) live happily ever after. But alas, the original tale is not so sweet (in fact, you have to read this to believe it.) In the original, the young woman is put to sleep because of a prophesy, rather than a curse. And it isn't the kiss of a prince which wakes her up: the king seeing her asleep, and rather fancying having a bit, rapes her. After nine months she gives birth to two children (while she is still asleep). One of the children sucks her finger which removes the piece of flax which was keeping her asleep. She wakes up to find herself raped and the mother of two kids.
This fair tale is a little different from the others because rather than sanitizing the original, it was modified by the original author to make it more gruesome. In the original tale, Rumpelstiltskin spins straw into gold for a young girl who faces death unless she is able to perform the feat. In return, he asks for her first born child. She agrees but when the day comes to hand over the kid, she can't do it. Rumpelstiltskin tells her that he will let her off the bargain if she can guess his name. She overhears him singing his name by a fire and so she guesses it correctly. Rumpelstiltskin, furious, runs away, never to be seen again. But in the updated version, things are a little messier. Rumpelstiltskin is so angry that he drives his right foot deep into the ground. He then grabs his left leg and rips himself in half. Needless to say this kills him.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
In this heart warming tale, we hear of pretty little goldilocks who finds the house of the three bears. She sneaks inside and eats their food, sits in their chairs, and finally falls asleep on the bed of the littlest bear. When the bears return home they find her asleep she awakens and escapes out the window in terror. The original tale (which actually only dates to 1837) has two possible variations. In the first, the bears find Goldilocks and rip her apart and eat her. In the second, Goldilocks is actually an old hag who (like the sanitized version) jumps out of a window when the bears wake her up. The story ends by telling us that she either broke her neck in the fall, or was arrested for vagrancy and sent to the "House of Correction".
Hansel and Gretel
In the widely known version of Hansel and Gretel, we hear of two little children who become lost in the forest, eventually finding their way to a gingerbread house which belongs to a wicked witch. The children end up enslaved for a time as the witch prepares them for eating. They figure their way out and throw the witch in a fire and escape. In an earlier French version of this tale (called The Lost Children), instead of a witch we have a devil. Now the wicked old devil is tricked by the children (in much the same way as Hansel and Gretel) but he works it out and puts together a sawhorse to put one of the children on to bleed (that isn't an error he really does). The children pretend not to know how to get on the sawhorse so the devil's wife demonstrates. While she is lying down the kids slash her throat and escape.
The Girl Without Hands
Frankly, the revised version of this fairy tale is not a great deal better than the original, but there are sufficient differences to include it here. In the new version, a poor man is offered wealth by the devil if he gives him whatever is standing behind his mill. The poor man thinks it is an apple tree and agrees but it is actually his daughter. The devil tries to take the daughter but can't because she is pure, so he threatens to take the father unless the daughter allows her father to chop off her hands. She agrees and the father does the deed. Now that is not particularly nice, but it is slightly worse in some of the earlier variants in which the young girl chops off her own arms in order to make herself ugly to her brother who is trying to rape her. In another variant, the father chops off the daughter's hands because she refuses to let him have sex with her.
In the modern Cinderella fairy tale we have the beautiful Cinderella swept off her feet by the prince and her wicked step sisters marrying two lords with everyone living happily ever after. The fairy tale has its origins way back in the 1st century BC where Strabo's heroine was actually called Rhodopis, not Cinderella. The story was very similar to the modern one with the exception of the glass slippers and pumpkin coach. But, lurking behind the pretty tale is a more sinister variation by the Grimm brothers: in this version, the nasty step-sisters cut off parts of their own feet in order to fit them into the glass slipper hoping to fool the prince. The prince is alerted to the trickery by two pigeons who peck out the step sister's eyes. They end up spending the rest of their lives as blind beggars while Cinderella gets to lounge about in luxury at the prince's castle.
Personally, I feel 'The Girl with No Hands' should've come in at number 1 because that sounds horrific!! I'm not surprised I've never heard of it, it's highly disturbing, almost horror movie material. And the fate of all the villains is so horrendous I actually feel a little sorry for them! In particular the Queen in Snow White and the nasty step sisters from Cinderella. Nobody deserves to have their eyes plucked out by pigeons.
This list got me to thinking though. Why has the content of these stories been dampened by modern censorship? What has changed in society that suddenly means we're refusing to expose our kids to life's nasties? Do we coddle our children too much? Would it make a difference to society if children were brought up being taught morals through the means of these very grim fairytales? I would love to study the difference in behaviour of children brought up with the modernised versions and the original versions - I wonder if their behaviour, both long term and short term, would differ? What do you think? Should we stick to modern happy endings or expose kids to these stories? I don't like to mention the 'R' word anywhere on the internet, but there were some pretty gruesome sections in the Bible, yet kids get brought up on that too as a means of teaching them right and wrong. Are these fairytales so different? (Not implying the Bible is a fairytale, I mean to compare them as a source of educating kids).
Your opinions are, as always, very welcome.
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- Listening to: No Doubt
- Reading: Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss
- Playing: Borderlands 2
- Drinking: Water
You can find some crudely shot pictures of them at www.disneydollsphotos.tumblr.com
I love them all, but Rapunzel's hair is just so flowly and beautiful so she takes my favourite award! I love Jasmine's curly shoes, Ariel's bright red hair and just about everything about Pocahontas! They're all lovely in their own way
So thanks again to for sending me this wonderful gift! I'll try to post some pics of Aurora and Tiana when I have some time tomorrow
I am now going to act like a 5-year-old and brush Rapunzel's hair! Hahahaha!
(I'm not joking.)
- Mood: Euphoric
Need this in my life please.
Just me? Anyone...? No....?
Seriously, what would I even do with those dolls anymore? Brush their hair and have tea parties? I do remember how much I loved my Ariel doll when I was kid though (I cut all her hair off lol). I think I had Jasmine, Snow White.... Esmeralda and maybe Aurora? Lord only knows what happened to them.
But... but they have Rapunzel now!!! And look how awesome Mulan looks!
*sigh* Ok, ok, I know I'm sad. I'll cart myself back to the asylum now...
- Mood: Love Dazed
This leads me onto something that I'd love all y'alls opinions on. So I was browsing through Etsy looking at my 'competition', and I noticed that independent artists (ie. Not big companies) are selling Mucha's artwork as jewellery pieces, prints, coasters, jewellery boxes, badges you name it, it's there! As a fellow artist, how do you feel about this?
Personally, I feel that it is someone profiting from another artist's work, and I feel that's a very low thing to do. Everyone is, of course, inspired by other artist's work, which can lead you to create your own art piece influenced by said inspiration. For example, Mucha very obviously influences my illustrations, however, I do not outright copy his work. For my new project, my crafts would be based off fairy tale characters that do not belong to me, but I would not duplicate another artist's work and sell it on. Simply using the art and shoving it in a cameo pendant or on a bookmark is disrespectful to the original artist. I feel that it's lazy and unartistic. If I found out someone was selling one of my illustrations as a print I would be very unhappy. Or does it not count because Alphonse Mucha is no longer living? Is it even legal? Or is it just artistically frowned upon? Why do people make such a big deal about drawings being traced and stolen, when it's fine to sell on Mucha's art?
What do you think?
(Please note that I encourage a lively discussion not an argument. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Thanks.)
- Mood: Bemused
- Listening to: Zoo Brazil - There Is Hope
- Eating: Chocolate
- Drinking: Water
Bonus! I found this on the internet recently and thought I'd share as most of y'all are probably art nouveau enthusiasts like me:
How to make an Art Nouveau headdress
Lillyxandra has been around for a long time and I'm a big fan of her blog and designs, so it's worth browsing the site in general. She's also on deviantart:
When I have the money spare, I will definitely give it a go! If you have any kind of art nouveau jewellery or headdresses, regardless of whether you've made them yourself, I'd love to see them, or hear about them!
It feels good to be creative again
- Mood: Optimism
- Drinking: Coke
Another thing... slightly random. Anyone else notice how frickin' terrifying fairy tales can be sometimes? I know the large majority of fairy tales were written in a time where strong religious values were upheld and society in general was very strict, so there's lots of... 'you must be good or else!' vibes going on. But seriously.
Examples? I was terrified by 'The Red Shoes' as a child. Anyone ever heard of it? To put it shortly, it's about a very vain litte girl who tricks her adoptive mother into buying her some lovely red shoes. She neglects her duty to go to church and attends a party instead. But when she begins to dance, she can't stop. She dances through the countryside, day and night, through wind, snow and rain, while being dragged through bambles that tear her skin until she bleeds. Her adoptive mother dies, but she can't go to the funeral. She begs a woodsman to cut off her feet and he does so with an axe. Yet still her amputated feet continue to dance. Now on crutches, she attempts to return to church but the dancing shoes, amputated feet still inside, bar her way. She eventually gets in, but once inside she's so overhwlemed she dies.
Now, am I the only person who thinks this is a slightly messed up story to tell to CHILDREN?? The image of her amputated, bloody feet dancing through the woods TERRIFIED me. The thought of the woodsman chopping off her feet TERRIFIED me. Now I get the whole Catholic message it's getting across but sweet tap-dancing christ, did they have to scare everyone so bloody much in the process???
And of course there's everybody's favourite, 'The Little Mermaid'. Except Disney has a habit of Disnifiying everything so when I read the original story I was pretty grossed out. To mention a few: she gets her tongue cut out and commits suicide at the end! They keep repeating over and over again that MERMAIDS DON'T HAVE SOULS. Yeah, Disney, why didn't you include that little gem in the film, huh?
And let's not leave out Rumpelstiltskin, where at the end of this charming fairytale, the dwarf reaches such a fit of rage he tears himself in two and falls into the fires of hell. Yeah. Sleep well, kids! And don't ever buy shoes 'else I'll have to cut your damn feet off.
Before anyone says anything, no I don't scare easily, but I do find these fairytales disturbing. I did as a child and do today.
So tell me, which fairy tales did you find the most frightening? Or the weirdest, at least. I'm sure there's loads more! Leave a comment
- Mood: Terror
- Playing: Gears Of War 3
- Drinking: juice
Okay, boring emo crap over.
So I know I've been super lame when it comes to responding to messages etc. so as way of an apology and to kick my butt back into action, you guys can choose what I draw next! I get a lot of 'Are you gonna draw ' and 'Do you think you're ever gonna draw another ' so this is your chance to direct my next venture!
Your choices? Below:
Disney Princess revamped in Mucha style. I'll be choosing the princess ultimately, but of course suggestions are welcome.
A third Disney Princess Superhero Collection. Again, princesses will be selected by moi. Suggestions welcome.
A Fairy Tale illustrated Mucha style, fairy tale chosen by you guys.
Full Metal Alchemist fanart
Final Fantasy fanart (any game)
Place your votes in the comments, or message me. Voting will close in one week (21/9).
Hopefully I'll be getting my Tumblr account rolling again and maybe open a Q&A session, and maybe, in the upcoming months, start a competition of some sort. Who knows, anything's possible! Have fun guys, now go place your vote!
- Mood: Optimism
- Watching: House of Flying Daggers
- Playing: Fallout 3