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Cat-Skin by bluefooted Cat-Skin by bluefooted
An illustration for the Brother's Grimm fairytale, Cat-Skin - read it, if you dare!

I had to keep this under wraps for a bit because it was for a contest with anonymous entries. But that's all done now, so here it is :)

edit: Thanks so much for all the comments! I really appreciate it!

It's a disturbing little story, isn't it? I had the same problem when I first read it: I thought she'd married her pervert dad! Then I realized she'd married some other king and everything was okay :)

Also, I'm in no way condoning or supporting the fur industry - it's just part of the story.

I made a little step-by-step. Not really a tutorial, because there's not much to learn from it. But you can see it here: [link]
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Given 2007-11-28
Cat-Skin by ~bluefooted is an outstanding illustration. Beautiful use of textures and colors really make for an interesting blend of materials, the artwork almost has a traditional feel to it! A very unique style by a very talented artist! ( Featured by cosmosue )
SophiaDahlen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That kinda messed up but nice pic
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
I love this story! This is a beautiful art. :)
88buckaroo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love this. and thank you for the step by step. I'm sure you probably get lots of Rackham comparisons (which is a compliment) but your art is very much your own style. Very cool. thank you.
thisiskris89 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist
FritzVicari Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student
I didn't know this particular fairy tale nor your works. They have surely enlightened my day. Congratulations!
BookWormMK Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is such a lovely depiction of a fairytale. I've always loved that story. Except, wouldn't this be the version called All-Fur, since her coat is made of all kinds of animals?
kirrashi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
This reminds me of a folktale called Thousand Furs, I wonder if it's similar to Cat-Skin, i'venever read that one!
minoana Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist
I am astonished by the colors and textures!
marguilovegood Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I remember reading the story when I was a kid, this illustration is beautiful ♥
auroramere Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
The dress! Not every artist can conjure the props of a written fairy tale into illustrations. So lovely. The cloak is also a successful evocation of an impossible thing.
insanity-pillz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
I hope that no cats were harmed in the making of this artwork
Rpriet1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What a beautiful illustration! Particularly I like the fur coat with all the different animals. Keep up the good work!
m-a-c-h-o Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
It reminds me of a klimt painting,BEAUTIFUL!
poproxs--DrPepper23 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous! The textures are amazing!
vya Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Thatīs great! :heart:
Adriellovesart Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this story and how it ends so well! This is depicted beautifully!
Oximore Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
so gorgeous ;_;
Mattiaseriksson Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love it Love itLove itLove itLove itLove itLove itLove it! I absolutely adore your style!
steepedinwords Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Oh my word, that's beautiful. Love the detail.
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
This certainly is gorgeous!
therealycats Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
This is AMAZING. I was searching for a traditional illustration for Allerleirauh and came across this and couldn't figure out why I couldn't find the original artist before I realized you ARE the original artist.
Persphonefallen Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Must be the same story line as donkey skin or bear skin. Odd story but then again to touch upon child abuse and all the other morbit hard times a young kid had to face in the time and age still inspires some of the best works.
cupiocupio Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
you´ve been featured here! :hug: [link]
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
I am not familiar with this Grimm tale (thought I knew all of them) but this beautiful picture would not be out of place in a fairy tale book. It reminds me of Arthur Rackham's work. Superb! :heart:
NanaTheFurret Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a beautiful rendition of one of my favorite stories. :iconmonkeyclap:
Segreant Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
I love this story, much more interesting than any of the other Cinderella variants. My book calls it "The Princess in Disguise." I love the style, very Arthur Rackham!
vaoni-adolpha Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
This is my favorite of your art. Just stunning!
e837 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
This is amazing! I love the patterns on the dress and the dynamic animals in the fur
AuroraStudio Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Writer
This also reminds me of the rendition of Beauty and the Beast by Angela Carter, The Tiger's Bride, I would suggest giving it a read, it's in her book of short stories "The Bloody Chamber"
LiselleAngelique Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't recall having ever read this, but now I'm going to have to!
Caraphae Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! Reminds me of the Golden Age of illustrators- I really thought it was a scan of a vintage piece until I saw the step-by-step link! I am in love with all of this; the dress almost matches the way I see it when I read the story. Wow to nth degree
shirabara Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Oh I remember this fairy tale! What a beautiful illustration! I love how the yellows pop out in the gloom
Dulceta Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
by far one of my favorite illustrations to look at.
JohnnyScharonne Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Wow! The dress is really glowing!
NotAnArtist-LR Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is beautiful and the tiger looks so alive. Well done!
Papercolour Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the work on furs and the brightness of the dress!
Feidhelm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
The story is pretty twisted, come to think about it. Her father wants to marry her and I'm not quite sure if she does manage to get away from him in the end with her furry disguise. :hmm:
The illustration is gorgeous, nonetheless.
redappledaisy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
WoW that is just so amazing, I have to say I always loved Cat-Skin, not sure why but the ideas of the dresses of silver and gold were always so beautiful!
the-zilla Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist
This is - lovely, remarkable...if there are words, they all describe this. It's the perfect style for illustrating a Grimms' fairy tale. The cats are a tad gruesome, but the princess is pulchritudinous. I wish you'd illustrated my fairy-tale books. And of course, the textures! The skin against the dress (which is a wonderful dress, really - stars fading into the colours at the bottom hem) against the motley of furs. And the tiny detail - tear on her cheek?
Fluenfvard Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
I love the story. Very well done!
starbookblue Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Absolutely lovely! So much detail- and I love the contrast in the texture of her skirt and the coat.
TheBlueFlower Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
The picture is a little disturbing, but it's a great illustration. The stars on her dress are very beautiful and I like the details of the animals...
Zhern Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Student
One of my favorite tales, beautifully illuminated.
dangerdoll Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
oh my gosh, All Kinds of Furs, or Manyfurs is my favorite fairy tale!
it's also called Allerleirauh...not sure what that means...
dorkinabubble Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Hmm, could you give me the link to what version of this story you read? I found a version on the internet, but it really wasn't that disturbing. Beautiful pic by the way. :)
missnstrange Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This has become one of my favourite pieces of art... ever. I think about it a lot.
desertrose899 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010   Writer
amazing! seriously. I just read the story...I'm still a little disturbed haha
4EyedBlonde Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
this is gorgeous. great textures and colors! :heart:
LuxAlder Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
This is mesmerizing! Kudos for wonderful work!
zepheenia Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009 she didn't marry her dad? i totally thought she did and was a little horrified! I must read it again!
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