Foxy Fables of False Flattery.

My rep asked me to do an illustrative exercise using Aesop’s fable of The Fox and The Crow.  I had never heard of these fables but I was intrigued. All of Aesop’s fables have lessons and I found the story of the Fox and Crow both smart, short and relevant. I’ve never been one for lip service, but of the mindset that a person’s actions speak to their character. 

The lesson is below. 

 

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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 Master Reynard, and he walked up to the foot of the tree.

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   "Good day, Mistress Crow," he cried. "How well you are looking today: 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."

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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.

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"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."

 

A little bit of process  

I sketch out all my problems and solutions, even when it’s a POS display or campaign. Pencils always come first. 

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character sketches in pencil 

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layout sketches and poses 

The most colorful time of my year.

It’s been a pretty busy year with work and a new human who is just 5 months old.  

I love this time of year. It reminds me of plum pudding my mum used to make with Guinness and mixing it with a wooden spoon to make a wish. Lighting a candle and leaving it in the window to welcome strangers. My Irish Christmas is very different to my American one. My house is full of color which inspired the color in these illustrations. 

So here is to disconnecting and enjoying time with people we love... and also FaceTiming home on Christmas Day. 

The illustrations are a mix of watercolor and gouache.

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Word to your Mother.

Another series in my 100 days. Seemed appropriate to do something for Mom's considering I'm expecting my second this year.

 

Irish Tales 3 : The Children of Lir

Long ago in ancient, there Ireland lived a King and ruler of sea called Lir. He had a beautiful wife, called Eva, who gave him four children – eldest son Aodh, a daughter called Fionnula and twin boys, Fiachra and Conn. When children were young, their mother Eva died. Lir and children were very sad, and King wanted a new mother for his young sons and daughter, so he married Eva’s sister Aoife who, it was said, possessed magical powers. Aoife was jealous of the King's Children..."

  http://irelandofthewelcomes.com/the-children-of-lir/

Cursed from Children to Swans.  

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Irish Tales 2 : The Salmon of Knowledge

The story of the Salmon and Fionn Mac Cumhaill.

"Finegas taught the druidic arts to Fionn but he never lost his hope that one day he would catch the Salmon of Knowledge. Every day he would cast his line into the Boyne in the hope of hooking the fish and suddenly one day he hooked a giant of a salmon. He knew immediately that it was the transformed Fintan. He called out in joy and pulled the fish on to the river bank. Calling Fionn he demanded the lad set about building a fire and cooking the fish. He warned the young man not to eat any of the fish and the boy gave his promise...."

 http://www.yourirish.com/folklore/salmon-of-wisdom

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Book cover.