Monday, August 3, 2009
This picture and I have a love/hate relationship. I love it with all my heart... it hates me with a passion. I think I spent more time on this illustration than I have on any other, because everything kept going wrong and I was forced to shred picture after picture in frustration.
Even the background has been done and redone and redone again, each attempt taking me hours to finish. Let me just say, after my first attempt at the background (which is a collage of vintage text from a book of fairy tales, acrylic paint and colored pencils), Will took one look at it and said, "I think you peaked at the mermaid picture."
Not the most constructive of criticism, but I knew I had to re-do it. I didn't want my friends and fans to shake their heads and think, "Poor Marisa... she peaked at the mermaid picture," also.
So, this background is like one of those paintings by the masters where, if you hold a black light up to it, you see an entirely different picture underneath. Only instead of it being a really great and mysterious piece of hidden art, it's just really very terrible. I think this final background is sweet, though. I love the castle and the incredibly long road winding throughout the painting.
This painting is called The Frog Prince, but any fairy tale fan knows the Brother's Grimm version (the most well-known) is Iron Heinrich or The Frog King. I don't really like that version, though. The princess tosses the frog to the floor in disgust and he magically turns into a prince and poof! they are in love and get married and live happily ever after, the end.
I much prefer my princesses to kiss their slimy frogs if they want to find that prince. They need to work for it! I know I certainly did.