Sunday, March 11, 2012

A New Beginning

These past few weeks have been one of serious reflection for me and for the direction and future of my artistic endeavors.  As always, I go back to the beginning.

I will be developing the theme of "magical animals" that I have so far, but will move away from the cute to follow the fantastic instead.  I will be looking to take more inspiration from folk and fairytales, with my own twists on them, of course.  It feels right and we'll see where it goes.  The last drawing I did (see below) made me long to return to these roots.  An art teacher in college told me that I always had my head in the clouds.  He was right, but that's not a bad thing.  It's just who I am.

I've started work on my own version of the Goose Girl, the Grimm fairytale.  It's another dark story, but the elements are fantastic: a talking severed head of a horse, a princess cast down who now tends to the geese, but of course, she can command the wind.  Where artists of the past, see below, have looked to the scene of magic, like Arthur Rackham (one of my very favorites, seen below), I will look to the end of the tale, to happiness.

Arthur Rackham, The Goose Girl.


  1. Hi Jessica,
    I am looking forward to seeing how this new path unfolds for you and especially to see your interpretation of the Goose Girl!. Three drops of blood on the tissue, god I love those stories. And I'm often slightly dissapointed when I see "contempory" versions.
    One day I might even change my name to Grimm! :o)
    I’ll be heading to the Children’s book fair in Bologna this year (in a week, eeeeekkkkk!), first time ever. Have you been before? Are you considering to go?
    I imagine it as a place of complete wonder but I guess we will see. I believe you find what you are looking for and see what you want to see (fingers crossed).
    Anyway, best of luck and happy drawing!

  2. Ina,
    Now I feel pressure to make it really good! Haha! I didn't know about this fair. You mean Bologna, Italy? I've been there once but not at the time of the fair, it was on Pentecost Sunday when I went. If you wouldn't mind, would you write me back and tell me what it was like? Now I have a new goal!

    Enjoy and I hope it is a place of wonder, like you hope.

  3. :o) I'm sure you will make it really good anyway! Its so nice to see the things you love interpreted by someone else in their own way!

    Yes, the Childrens Book Fair is in Italy, every year in March. Its a nice little push to get going again. I'm just waking out of my coma again and getting my act together. Goals and deadlines really seem to work for me :o) I'll let you know how it went and who knows maybe our paths cross there one day! :o)