'Slowly, the princess leafed through the book. Looking into her eyes the youth turned back into a canary, perched on the windowsill, then on the eaves, then trusting to the wind, flew down in wide arcs, lighting on the lower limb of a tree.' [here you can read the whole tale translated into English]
By popular request, I completed the first illustration for my Folk Tales Project! I started dreaming of making an illustrated book about Italian Folk tales some years ago, when I was making the illustrations for the 'Art of Faery' art-book. Unfortunately I couldn't throw myself into this project heart and soul for a lot of time. At the end of 2009, I tried to begin illustrating at least one tale but my attempt had failed. I was unconsciously persuaded to be unable to make illustrations for a young audience, and honestly a lot of people tried to argue me out of illustrating fairy tales or literature for children. My style is too much 'dark and gloomy' - too much Arthur Rackham, to make it quite clear ^_^ - while illustrations for young people should be colorful and bright. I partially agree. I mean, it's all about the story. If the story/tale/novel is sad and tragic I think images should reflect it. Although many folk tales are considered to be told for everybody, they contain deep psychological issues and they are bawdy and often violent. I simply can't imagine the artwork for a fairytale like Hansel and Gretel done in 'psychedelic' super-sweet colors! As I'm sure not all the kids in the world enjoy Disney's stuff!
But it seems that in the 21th century simply you can't illustrate a book about fairy tales in the style of Old Masters. Don't ask me why... I'm just an humble illustrator!
That said, I had to give up this project months ago. But I'm stubborn as a mule and I've started finally doing the storyboard and the first sketches. I have no idea if I'll succeed in it, but since I enjoyed doing this illustration and the whole project, I think I don't give up! And maybe I can publish it, one day!
At last, some photos taken during the making of this image. Many of you ask for a tutorial and I'm sorry I can't write it...really, I'm too lazy!