The Twelve Dancing Princesses

A while ago I posted a piece I made using pencils shavings that I’d saved up. It was a lot of fun to do, and shortly after I had an idea to do a larger piece based on a fairy tale I’ve always loved by the Brothers Grimm, The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

In the story the twelve princesses go off dancing in secret every night, much to the king’s annoyance, who can’t figure out why he finds his daughters’ dancing shoes in tatters every morning. The story goes that he puts out a public notice stating that any man who can solve the mystery can have one of his daughter’s hand in marriage as a reward. It’s a very magical story, and there have been some beautiful illustrations done in the past.

I wanted to picture the princesses in voluminous colourful gowns, getting ready to go out dancing in secret, so adding the pencils shavings really helped to achieve this effect.

I hope you all like it!

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I’m hoping that in the near future I’ll be able to start selling some prints of my work, so watch this space if you liked this piece!

Re-using pencil shavings

Morning people, and hello, I’m still alive! I’ve recently moved house, so things have been a bit hectic to say the least. But I’m happy to report that I have actually managed to find a chair to sit on, and dumped enough boxes from my drawing desk onto the floor in order to put pencil to paper. You can see what I’m up to today when I post about it tomorrow!

SO, I did this piece a while back. I’d been saving all the pencil shavings from my illustrating in a little tub, hoping to use them to create something cool. I thought that it’d be such a waste to throw them away…then after I did this piece I got a little obsessive about what I was throwing way, i.e “Achh…NO dear…no, don’t throw that mouldy food wrapper away, that’s GOLD dust! Wait, what happened that bit of clingfilm the minced meat was wrapped in??!”

ANYWAY, after this little tester I have more ideas. Watch this space!