The Frog Prince (in progress) by Kelsey Hamersley. December 2013. Pencil & watercolor.
My current project, done on a whim, and based off of The Frog Prince. Ironically, it’s not a fairy tale I particularly care for; the princess always got on my nerves. I started this recalling my own version I began writing many years ago, a short story where the princess’s mother was ill, and her family couldn’t afford much more medical care. The princess was on her way to sell her golden ball to eke out some cash when she accidentally dropped it in the well. Hence her desperation to get it back. I liked the princess better in that version; she had an abrasive personality, but there was a reason for it.
Beyond the story, despite the fairy tale not being one of my favorites, I have a pretty solid mental picture of how it ought to look—the color scheme, and all of that. My Pinterest board reflects this. :)
I haven’t added him yet, but eventually there will be a frog farther down the path, struggling to keep up.