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Artist: Toby Allen
Project: The Grimmest Grimm

Fairy tales were never intended to be the sickly sweet versions we know today and many of the original stories focused on grisly characters and creatures that killed and devoured their victims at whim, with little to be sorry about. In this project I will challenge myself each month to take on an obscure and dark fairy tale and produce a piece of narrative illustration created in a picture book style, but still making them appeal to older audiences.

The next illustration in this series explores the well known fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. In the original versions of the now famous tale, the narrative continues after the princess has been awoken. After marrying the prince and having two children the prince departs to war, leaving his wife in the hands of his mother- a grotesque ogre of a woman. In her step-mother’s custody sleeping beauty is forced to cook up and serve her own children for the queen mother, and eventually the princess is made to share the same fate. Although our heroine tricks her step-mother into eating animal meat and is reunited with the prince at the end, this extended section of the narrative is most often left out due to the dark themes of cannibalism, but it makes for a much darker and sinister story.

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Originally posted 2013-08-29 08:00:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter