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Rapunzel by AbigailLarson Rapunzel by AbigailLarson
UPDATE 2016 - Redrawn/painted

More for my fairytale series. In the original story, Rapunzel not only lets a strange man climb her hair into her bedroom, but he impregnates her. Thus the ensuing chaos with the wicked old witch and the prince getting is eyes gauged out or something horrific like that. Fun!

Prints available here!
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JadeFoxScarletIbis Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018
I love her long yellow hair. 
Indra1408 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful art style!
ITALOxbox360 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017
This is amazing, it is so good to see Rapunzel drawings that isn't based on Disney Rapunzel. :)
IGS1993 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
Wonderful! I love Rapunzel's expression, her wonderful hair and how she grabs her belly. Had Frau Gothel given her some basic sexual education this wouldn't have happened... But the story wouldn't have been as interesting! This blue Medieval/Renaissance dress fits Rapunzel, and I love the headress. You're an artist and I love your work! Your takes on Alice, Snow White and Cinderella are pretty cool too!
rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, just absolutely love this one.
Tabascofanatikerin Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist
I really like that you included her pregnancy in your artwork. It's not like it's my favourite part of this fairy tale but people seem to forget or not to know that Rapunzel actually got into big trouble by showing a big belly due to the pregnancy.
And I like her outfit here :) 
I'm kinda interested in how you would design her living place in the tower.
codermotor Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Rapunzel's expression, the colors you used, and the shape of the frame (reminds me of the Ace of Spades): all add up to a very visually appealing piece.
shannanapeels Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Y'know, when you say it like that, ol' Mother Gothel might just have been justified in her freaking out...
fingalificated Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Student General Artist
yup that's the one ... the version I got read and told by my mother when I was small. Never heard the disneyfied versions until much later in life.
closer-to-original German versions ftw!
benfrenZ Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE her expression here. The gloomy color palette fits the story very well. This is lovely. Clap 
Yura-chan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016   General Artist
Amazing, I love old fairy tales
cartooneyes Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Student Interface Designer
The only motivation I have to work some day is to get money so in a possible future I can pay you to do a personal painting. Of course, all my dreams would be shattered if you stop taking commissions.

Amazing update, by the way! :heart:
The best in the series, IMHO.
mariealexandrinne Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016
Ah, good old fairy tales... I love how sordid they are.
grassa48 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
A truly hairy tale.
Jie-n Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
Oh very good!
horsefreek151 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
la in love Tight Hug
TheLifeOfAFangirl Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
That's a weird background story, love the drawing though!
morriquinne Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The original fairy tale is super warped.
luckyjadestone Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
They also did have a plan to get her out too- she was going to weave a ladder...but when the witch found out they didn't need it :P
I like the original ending though, SPOILER ALERT, where the prince went blind and wandered around looking for her and when he found her, her tears healed his eyes. He's the prince that seemed to suffer the most for his bride in the fairytales I've read.
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice. I like how you made her pregnant. Have you seen Ito the Woods? I think you'd dig it.
spunkycatgirl Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is the first piece of artwork I have seen where she is pregnant!
I thought I'd never find one.
And your art is beautiful~
KumquatMascara Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Perfect :D  I love the original fairytale... hardly anyone knows about it and you captured it perfectly!  Bravo!
izclark Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
brilliant. she looks so melancholy... theres so much of a story here. i love it! plus the medieval style.
SplashOfStars Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful!
MelodiaMystic Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
jennamax Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
OOoooOOOOoooh do a Little Mermaid one
That one was particularly nasty
whimsicallySardonic Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Ha. I remember being really surprised that Disney was going to do Rapunzel *because* of that Very Important Twist. Little did I know how much they'd change it!

This picture is lovely, and I deeply, deeply enjoy it. The flow of the hair, her belly, the placement of her hands, the coloring, her expression... Wonderful job.
Phantom-Sparkles Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student
TheMustacheQueen Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
This is beautiful. <3
beachlovingirl Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I really like the colors you used.
Marylith-MoonlightD Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
I love it.
ouiouiparis Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love all of your fairytale illustrations!
9emiliecharlie9 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg im sooooooooooo jealous of your drawing style its so original and unique great job on this by the way! :)
HappyHicks Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
and that's what they read to us when we were younger... she looks pretty sad. love the colour scheme!
Arashi32900 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Oh, Rapunzel, honey. You do not let strange men climb your hair into your bedroom and sleep with you. You don't.
rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely, and its great that you highlight the darker aspects of the story :+favlove:
tilwen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
omg - i am researching into the original tales literally as we speak!!! for a college project - WHOOP! :D
(sorry) yeah the original tale was a bit gruesome wasn't it?!
LeonNack Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011   Traditional Artist
I love the limited colour palette!
yeaboikat Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
those fairytales were the best!
IknowwhatYOUare Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you know where you could buy the Original Rapunzel Story???
I love IT!!!!
Great Drawing BTW!!!!
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Any local bookstore should have it in a Hans Christian Andersen collection :D
Chepseh Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Little correction: I feel pretty sure it were the fairytale collection of the brothers Grimm who made Rapunzel famous, not Andersen - Wiki agrees.

Also afaIk: the earliest Grimm-Rapunzel story were Rapunzel gets indeed pregnant and thus the witch becomes so enraged was already changed into a slightly tamer Rapunzel version by the Grimms themselves - when their books popularity became so big that they were reprinted. I'm heavily presuming most Grimm books you get in our book stores nowadays contain the chaster Rapunzel (though this Rapunzel has little twins as well when the Prince finds her again in the end, so the intercourse still happened). I gueeess (!) it's not impossible that the first Grimm edition of the fairy tales had in the meantime also their reprints ... if you're interested, happy hunting!
IknowwhatYOUare Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ohhhs lols
Thankies Sooo Much For Telling Me!!!!
cowgirlpride124 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
wow this is beautiful artwork you did here
SketchHeroes Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Wow! very cool drawing, you are very talented... Please have a look at my drawing of Rapunzel -->> [link] . Please let me know if you like it, cheers!
SaintFable Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
More similar version to the original is a book called "Zel". In which the witch is more of a person and not wholly evil and Rapunzel goes crazy. Very good.
ThaPlasticJesus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I knew about the eyes but not impregnation!
Wow, they are so cruel.
smaginn Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
I love all three of these fairy tale ones. Hopefully there will be more to come. :)
madmoiselleclau Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this drawing fits perfect to my art jam topic of this month! :) If you want to participate please send me the thumbnail (thumb number at the area of "sare") to my journaL! thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!
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