Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Steadfast tin soldier

In our Children's book illustration class, we had to pick a fairy tale to illustrate and I chose "The Steadfast Tin soldier" by Hans Christian Anderson. Here's a spread that I illustrated for the story. This is the scene where the snuffbox-smoke-monster thing (in the original story it's a goblin or jack-in-the box, but i changed it to a smoke-monster 'coz he lives in a snuffbox afterall) threatens the tin soldier to "keep his eyes off the ballerina..." In the story the tin soldier falls in love with the ballerina thinking that she has only one leg just like him; but then he finds out that she's actually got two legs.... and he's afraid to approach her and confess his love to her...... aww! It's a sad story but it had interesting visuals, so I decided to do it.

The other thumbnail that you see in the first picture is for a single page illustration. I'm still working on it and will post the finished picture soon!

8 comments:

Suraj said...

hi preetha nice paintings , luv the colors

Preetha said...

thanks Suraj, waiting to see some of your new work!!

Sonia Gaud said...

nice job girl! (as always though - give me something new to say!)

Preetha said...

hehe, thanks Sonia! hey I saw your illos in Kahani, nice job with the character design!

Grafxgurl said...

i see you like Beatrix Potter too!! i love her books!1 my mom had a few of them when i was little and i always loved the illustrations!!

Did you see the movie?

Preetha said...

yeah, I love her work!! and used to love all the Peter Rabbit books! I did see the movie and actually liked it a lot even though it wasn't a great hit.. did u like it?

Snehal said...

Hi Preetha nice drawings and love the way u use colors..:)

Preetha said...

Thanks Snehal :) how are u doing? long time!