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The Fox and the Crow

By blindedangel
My last project in illustration: fables and fairytales.This is one of Aesop's fables. Not familar with this one?

It goes:
A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch of a tree. "That's for me, as I am a Fox," said the fox, and he walked up to the foot of the tree.
"Good-day, Mistress Crow," he cried. "How well you are looking to-day: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eye. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your figure does. Let me hear but one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen of Birds."
The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the moment she opened her mouth the piece of cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by Master Fox.
"That will do," said he. "That was all I wanted. In exchange for your cheese I will give you a piece of advice for the future ."Do not trust flatterers."
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chotabear's avatar
:D I love Aesop fables and this artwork is beautifully done. The textures and the devious expression on the fox's face are super !!!
blindedangel's avatar
Thank you! I'm glad that you enjoy it! :)

I work at an education company that puts together testing material for common core standards (like the one below):

Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

Would you be willing to donate your image for our use if we credit you by name?

If not, no problem... but I thought I would ask, since your image would be be a great one for students to analyze alongside the text of the fable...

blindedangel's avatar
Amy, I might be willing to donate the image if I had some more information on the education company and the extent to which it will be used. You can also contact me via email
kirasker's avatar
pls.... let use this hehehe i gonna use for the competition thingy -_-
blindedangel's avatar
What competition? Please don't use my artwork without my permission. Thank you!
seiko-neko's avatar
awesome!!!! i'm just doing an animation about this story at this moment^^!!!
RLJ2GameWiz's avatar
I love that story
AGCOOK's avatar
Wowo i love the fox's facial expression as well as the taunting pose of the crow this is very well illustrated!
CRYROLFE's avatar
Nice composition....great color too!
icsaszi's avatar
This is so nice! I love this tale, and I like your painting of it. Nice work!
ladyivery's avatar
That was my all time fave bed time story! I would make my parents read it over and over again! lol...I love the image. The expression on the foxes face is awesome! great detail. It looks real, and of course, fake at the same time!
SpiffyBug's avatar
To echo many others, I like the fox's expression. I also like how the crow is upside down, sortof. The pose is not unrealistic, and it creates a closer connection b/t the two animals while using the space well.
balaa's avatar
wonderful interpretation! It brings back memories of a child growing up in Russia, my mom used to read me the story all the time. You truly have an impressive and...unique gallery. It is so full of light. I think thats what impresses me most, your use of light. I have always had the same fascination..though I don't think I portray it half as well as you do in your art!
Kuru-da-Bunbun's avatar
"Le Corbeau et le Renard" Les Fables de La Fontaine

...both the poem and your art are masterpieces
enga's avatar
hah, the fox's expression is fabulous (reminds a lot my friend's dog)! and the way how you have made the trees fuse in the background... :heart:
waydre's avatar

this is most excellent!
it really captures the essence of the story...these were some of my favorite stories growing up(and still is!)
great job!

katarina's avatar
I love the expression on the fox's face. Go figure ;)
Ran-de-Aurun's avatar
Very Good!! Excelent :D
Your style is perfect for this kind of ilustration...

amelia-'s avatar
:) I've heard that before, and i remember that well!

I love the illustration, in pertifular the crow <3
rainygal's avatar
Absolutely WONDERFUL! You have a terrific illustrative style! I :heart: the expression on the fox - with his tongue slurping to the side, and his eyes - portrays his intentions quite well! I've known many a flatterer like him in my day! :D
ahnnyuum's avatar
the detail is great. kinda reminds me of an old cover on a dick king-smith book, 'the foxbusters'...... but i can't find any reference pictures. maybe it's just all in my head....*laughs*
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