Sunday, July 26, 2009

Grim(m) is Right!

I'm terrified of fairy tales.

The Brothers Grimm and other assorted HORROR writers (that's what most childrens' stories are, at least the fairy tale variety) pursued me through many a nightmare as a child.

I never understood why it was appropriate to read a child a story about a witch baking a brother and a sister in an oven, or a wolf eating a little girl in the woods, or assorted other hideous fates that awaited the mostly parentless tinies in the pages of these awful books.

I've heard the pointless rationalizations about how they were designed to keep children safe, but can we all agree that that is complete balderdash, and that the quite successful aim was, in fact, to give us all phobias?

Well bravo, Grimms. I'm still afraid.

I thought I would put together a few little creepy fairy tale ditties after discussing with a coworker how dark and dismal the subject matter most modern graphic designers choose is. Communication Arts magazine, which is really one of my favorite designer magazines, features some horridly dark illustrations.

I believe these designers were terrorized by fairy tales as children, and hence deserve our pity. ;).

To twist that all together, I took the pages of that magazine and an old used book to create three little scenes for you.

Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and Alice in Wonderland.I cut the pieces freehand, and collaged them with the book pages to 4X4 canvases with matte Gel Medium, thanks to some instruction, found here, by Claudine Hellmuth.

After cutting, I just laid them out on the canvas one by one to help me cut the next piece and make it fit in the scene.Something about collage takes me back to my childhood, so this project was the perfect mix of memories for a Sunday...

Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to look behind you.


Leslie Hanna said...

I lack the collage gene. Nice reanimate!

And I see you have 3 cols now! I like how you have arranged them!

Libby Hickson said...

These are fantastic! Can I buy them from you to hang in my kid's room? :-)

Lisa Atha said...


What a creatively awesome idea! My favorite is Alice in Wonderland. Wow, and an offer to purchase them from Libby. You go my sweet artistic friend from Texas!


Lisa Atha

June Pfaff Daley said...

these are awesome esp. Alice : )

Lorraine Castellon-Rowe said...

Well, I didn't have nightmares before but now that I've seen your reanimates I might. LOL! I do understand your point about fairy tales being grim and now I know why I have the phobias I have. I feel the same with nursery rhymes. Why would you sing a baby to sleep telling them that they're going to fall out of a tree? This is why I change the words of most nursery rhymes to have happy endings. I do love your illustrations on these fairy tales and appreciate the true meaning of each!
WV: elegicas; pron. elegeekas from the root word elegic-meaning elegant geek. The boys from the IT department are such elegicas. They are always dressed to the nines with their bow ties and shiny new pocket protectors at the Christmas Party.