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Jack and the fern flower

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Published: January 23, 2014
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from the series "Polish Legends": illustration to "Kwiat paproci" by Józef Ignacy Kraszewski

A boy
named Jack finds the magic fern flower and must choose between great wealth, which can not be shared, and happiness.

gel pens + graphic programs


I was asked for the brief summary of the legend, so here it is: the magical fern flower blooms once a year, during the summer solstice, and it was believed that whoever finds it will be blessed with great wealth. A boy called Curious Jack manages to do so and he gets the treasure, but the flower takes root in his heart, making it hard and selfish. Jack leaves his poor family and indulges in excessive life, from time to time only thinking back to the past. After years, however, the wealth ceases to give him happiness, longing for his family becomes unbearable, but when Jack finally decides to return, it's already too late. His father, mother and siblings died of hunger and poverty. At the end Jack begs in despair for death and falls under the ground along with the cursed flower.

Red cap with sheepskin surround and a peacock feather, which Jack holds, is part of the traditional outfit, worn by ethnographic group derived from the city of Krakow and its surroundings.
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6159x7999px 23.75 MB
Date Taken
Jan 23, 2014, 7:33:11 PM
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majabj35QM17Professional Traditional Artist
omg, this is so beautiful!!!
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hetka-petelkaStudent General Artist
I love the detail! It's incredible how different and perfect every leaf is.
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scargeearProfessional Artisan Crafter
Marvellous work! I immediately recognized the tale as I'm from Ukraine :hug:
I can look at your works for hours.
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Peach-JellyHobbyist General Artist
The detail with all those fiddleheads and leaves is astounding!
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BlackMadeleineHobbyist Traditional Artist

Wspaniała ilustracja. Ilość szczegółów oraz dobór kolorów fantastyczny.

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Thank you, guys :)
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BlizzardFaceHobbyist General Artist
Amazing! :D
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juliafredricaHobbyist General Artist
You'll never stop surprising me with your amazing talent! Lovely as alwaysclap remake 1b 
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I cannot get over how much I love your work. Thank you for showing us Hug 
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CristianaLeoneProfessional Digital Artist
Wow! Incredible and stunning work! So many details!!!
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NoireroraProfessional Photographer
wonderful work!
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That is an amazing amount of detail! It almost resembles scratch board. I am a little surprised you were able to get such fine lines with gel pens, too...
Excellent work!
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The details are beautiful, good job:)
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O kurczę! Naprawdę boskie. Dzięki tej ilustracji przypomniałam sobie o tysiącu legend i baśni mających korzenie w tej naszej bardziej pierwotnej, słowiańskiej części kultury, które doprawione szczyptą dziewiętnastowiecznego romantyzmu są całkowicie unikalne i nie do podrobienia. I tę unikalność udało Ci się tutaj uchwycić wręcz po mistrzowsku! Dziękuję za przywołanie tego klimatu, o którym nigdy nie powinnam zapomnieć :)
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Och, dziękuję ogromnie! Mam w planie zrobić jeszcze kilka podobnych ilustracji na podstawie różnych legend z naszych stron. Są tak mało znane na świecie, a przecież piękne. Dla kogoś, kto lubi niesamowite, trochę straszne fantastyczne klimaty, to jest kopalnia inspiracji :)
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Niejeden epicki film mógłby powstać na podstawie naszych legend :)
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