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Cat-Skin

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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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SophiaDahlen's avatar
That story...is kinda messed up but nice pic
TheDevilReborn's avatar
I love this story! This is a beautiful art. :)
88buckaroo's avatar
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.
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FritzVicari's avatar
I didn't know this particular fairy tale nor your works. They have surely enlightened my day. Congratulations!
BookWormMK's avatar
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's avatar
This reminds me of a folktale called Thousand Furs, I wonder if it's similar to Cat-Skin, i'venever read that one!
minoana's avatar
I am astonished by the colors and textures!
marguilovegood's avatar
I remember reading the story when I was a kid, this illustration is beautiful ♥
auroramere's avatar
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's avatar
I hope that no cats were harmed in the making of this artwork
Rpriet1's avatar
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's avatar
It reminds me of a klimt painting,BEAUTIFUL!
poproxs--DrPepper23's avatar
gorgeous! The textures are amazing!
vya's avatar
That´s great! :heart:
Adriellovesart's avatar
I love this story and how it ends so well! This is depicted beautifully!
Oximore's avatar
so gorgeous ;_;
Mattiaseriksson's avatar
Love it Love itLove itLove itLove itLove itLove itLove it! I absolutely adore your style!
steepedinwords's avatar
Oh my word, that's beautiful. Love the detail.
kohaku-dono's avatar
This certainly is gorgeous!
therealycats's avatar
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's avatar
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.
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you´ve been featured here! :hug: [link]
Gryffgirl's avatar
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:
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