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Fractured Tales by fireburner543 Fractured Tales by fireburner543
Fractured Tales: Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Rapunzel

This was an assignment from uni. For this one I had to do 25 prints of an image that is 20 centermeters by 20 centemeters. So due to my poor midyear review I decided to do a complex image which also had similar themes to my previous work.

For this work I wanted to show fairy tales as they are perceived by a modern day audience and show their darker sides and origins.

So for this work I chose to use cut off of etching plates that I found, and etch into them as well as give them an aquatint.
After going these a few plates illustrating Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella I finally came up with these ones. These tales were chosen for the reasons as follows

Little Red Riding Hood: this was chosen because it is mainly the first fairy tale that is told to most children though the actually version they are told is little Red Cap by the Grimm brothers. This version is a lot more child friendly because the heroine and her grandmother are saved from the wolf.

Apart from a lack of space to do another plate I chose it just use the identifiable red cape and the wolf to automatically make the audience identify the character of little red riding hood. Though I originally wanted to include a picture that was calm of the girl and the wolf, I could not find the space to put it without making everything tiny so I chose to just go straight into the dark side and go into the Jean Baptise Smith recoded in 1870. This is the main version I like to refer to, where the girl cannibalizes on her mother and is devoured by the wolf, stripping her flesh from bone ignoring her cries for mercy.

Cinderella: Cinderella was chosen because it is not only a favourite tale of little girls but also because not a lot of people know of the Brothers Grimm version.

So for the second and third plate I chose to work from the brothers grimm tale of Cinderella, Aschenputtel. In this tale Cinderella is not as dumb as in the Charlse Perrault version, and is more determind rather than a complete push over and in my books the Grimm version is better than the Perrault version. In second plate is show Cinderella cleaning in a typical form of sweeping with a golden slipper and a tree in the background. in the third plate I show The stepsisters getting their eyes ripped out by birds, as was in the Grimm tale. The other slipper is also in the plate, with a toe and a heel and blood around it, I forgot to add a knife to the image :( and finally a branch of the tree which Cinderella placed on the grave of her mother.

Rapunzel: apart from being my favourite story of all time I felt it best to show this tale because the story has changed a great deal over time. Especially the ending. There were great changes between Petrosinella and Persinette, though few changes between Persinette and Rapunzel. Though today the story has been severely sanitized, making it a terribly sweet tale taking away any values the original Rapunzel had.

So for the last two plates I illustrated the story of Rapunzel. The fourth plate has Rapunzel looking out the tower window longing, a common image of Rapunzel wishing to escape. The image was based off Claire Keane’s concept art of Tangled. The fith plate has the darker aspects of the tale, the fairy demanding the man give up his unborn child, a pregnant Rapunzel getting her hair chopped off, a blinded prince wondering through the world, blood running down his cheeks, and the three magic acorns taking their true form as a dog, a lion and a Wolf leading to the demise of the fairy captor of Rapunzel.
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STelari Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's always nice to see illustrations portraying the stories closer to the originals, and these are quite well done, good work.
fireburner543 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank you, yeah i try to draw from the earliest or darkest versions of fairy tales because currently fairy tales are only seen as being for little kids :/
STelari Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
They pretty much always were mostly for kids, it's just times that are diffrent, children are now told about candy stuff, having nothing to do with life, back then it was used to show them what to expect when they grow up.
fireburner543 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
hahaha that is what i always say to people lol i am so glad i am not the only one who thinks that :D
alexcalder Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
interesting rendering 
fireburner543 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank you :D 
mimi-island Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student
Wow, amazing! The REAL stories from Grimm are very dark, and you really hit the spot! I love it.
fireburner543 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thank you :D hahaha nah some of the tales that i did in these etchings go back even further :P
roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 4 o Destacados nº 4" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo!. 

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* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 4. (Best works of the group). 
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!. 
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fireburner543 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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