I am very excited to launch this new image series that draws its inspiration from The Brothers Grimm’s fairytales. Massive thanks to the motley crew over at Gigantic Squid for helping me create these images and who have put countless hours of time and energy into this project. The inspiration for these images came while I was on bedtime story reading duties. I was reading passages from a Grimm’s Fairytales book and I came across a story I had not read before, “The Fisherman & His Wife”. The moral of story is about learning to be happy when wonderful things happen to us, rather than being ungrateful and wishing we had more. The Grimm Brothers describe epic seas and clouds and as I read on I was utterly captivated by the visual descriptors outlined in the story. Big ocean swell. Stormy clouds. Castles. YES!
I then decided to read the entire book of Grimm’s Fairytales, which I have come to appreciate are actually rather frightening and grotesque. For example I had forgotten that Rumpelstiltskin rips his left leg from his body during his final tantrum…nasty, especially for children! The dark and twisted visuals that the Grimm Brothers have developed in their stories really informed my own treatment of the project. And in each image I have tried to craft a sinister and moody sense of place.
My interpretation of Sleeping Beauty was to give the idea that the princess, having grown older, is now being stolen from the castle by a couple of rogue servants. Meanwhile boats in the distance are chasing after them.
Here is a mood board I compiled as part of my research and prep for this project.
Check out all four of the images HERE