Monday, April 28, 2014

The Princess and the Stinky Cheese, by Lauri Meyers

Here's my entry for the Fractured Fairy Tale Contest. It was a difficult decision, but I chose Lauri Meyers's The Princess and the Stinky Cheese.

Thanks to Lauri for letting me illustrate her story!
Click to view the original sketch.
Lauri has put together all the contest illustrations for her story and the full text of  The Princess and the Stinky Cheese on her blog. Pop over and take a look!

26 comments:

  1. Wow, Lauri, this is fabulous! I love this. Well done!

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    1. Thank-you. I owe it all to Lauri's inspirational story . . . an illustrator's dream. (And to Susanna's brilliant idea, of course.)

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  2. Wow! Joanne! This is amazing! I love all the details! And your disheveled princess who truly looks as though she has just been bushwhacking and might well have a nose full of mud! And the fainting queen :) Great job! Thanks so much for entering!

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    1. It was tons of fun. I just wish I'd had time to do all my ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. Joanne, This is really great. The Queen has fainted so elegantly, and the prince is on his way down. I love that Princess Peabody takes a second to wring out her hair before confidently facing the cheese. Brilliant! And the royal boxer- of course! Boxers are notoriously stink producing, making it an obvious breed to pick:)

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    1. Can't you just wee the title floating across the cover in sickly greenish-yellow? Lauri, I think you win for most illustratable story! Thank-you for the excellent source of inspiration.

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  4. FABULOUS, Joanne!!! The characters are just divine - and their various poses are hilarious. Love that you integrated characters of color - it didn't occur to me until I was done. Something I need to remember in future. I'm learning so much from this challenge.

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    1. You did a great job, and learning is what it's all about. I am so impressed that you were able to finish TWO great covers! Thanks for your kind words.

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  5. I really love that you brought in multiculturalism! And I agree with Lauri that the queen has the most elegant faint...LOL!

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    1. Thanks. I drew the fainting pose first, then photographed myself doing it, then tweaked the drawing. It's not nearly as elegant in real life. I may post the sketches sometime, but you won't see my photo on here anytime soon! LOL

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  6. Wow!! LOVE this! Very strong characters and the princess is really pretty! (Gotta love that naughty smirk of hers!) Very well done.

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    1. Thank-you, Louis. I wanted to comment on your entries, but couldn't figure out how. I especially loved the characters in your Goldilockup and the finished quality of your illustrations.

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  7. Wonderful, Joanne! My absolute fav is the maid, she's perfect!

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    1. Thanks, Julie. Your encouragement means a lot.

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  8. Hi Joanne, brilliant job, love the mischievous look on the Princess's face and the maid is fantastic... :)

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    1. Thanks so much. With three kids, I see that mischievous look all the time in my house ;)

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  9. There is so much to love about this picture. The action, the color, the adorable dog sitting under the table. Well done.

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    1. Thanks. I worked really hard on the composition. The dog is actually my favorite part of the finished painting.

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  10. Wow! This is the best!! I love this cover! It's so perfect for the story! I reallly really like it! Excellent work on this!

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    1. I'm so flattered. Thank-you so much. I think you have a lot of talent. I enjoyed your illustrations very much.

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  11. Your illustration is a favorite on mine, Joanne. The characters come alive. Showing the rough sketch is a fun bonus. Well done!

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    1. Thank-you, Anne. That's really encouraging. I always feel better when I show my sketches, because I'm rarely satisfied with my color work. Thanks again.

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  12. Joanne, this illustration TOTALLY cracks me up! The expressions on the faces, especially the fainting in the chair---hilarious! Can't help but love this :D Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Donna. Expressions and emotions were one of the subjects I tackled in my sketching last year. I'm happy to hear it's beginning to show.

      I'm looking forward to your blog launch. 'Can't wait!

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