LB of Needleroozer and I are trading ATCs every couple months. This is the first one that I've made for her. It's made of both paper (a print of the LemonHead girl as Little Red Riding Hood, printed on a quality art ink jet paper) and fabric which is sewn on. I didn't like the raw edges so I dipped them in some craft paint which looks to be thick enough to create a nice finish. The final touch was a little tiny pink Swarovski rhinestone on her flower. What do you think?
Luckily the Huntsman arrived at grandmama's cottage in time to save Little Red Riding Hood from the big, bad squirrel. But he was more pleased when he discovered that her grandmama, his dear friend, was still safe and only locked away in her wardrobe. With a subtle smile and a quick wink she promised him that later he'd have a tasty squirrel stew for dinner.
The huntsman heard Little Red Riding Hood's terror stricken screams and ran to help her. He took his trusty ax with him because he wasn't sure what horrors awaited him. Run, huntsman, run!
********************************* Media: Mechanical pencil illustration on tracing paper, sepia filters and colored in Photoshop. I used the multiple option in the layers for some interesting effects. Lately I've been experimenting with the Texturizer filter as well. :-)
Now in theory he's supposed to be a grapefruit headed huntsman because his damsel in distress is a lemonhead. Perhaps he should have been called a woodsman instead? With an ax as opposed to a bow/arrow it seems like he's much more likely to be chopping down trees. Somehow huntsman sounds more dashing. Why is it that these fairy tales have someone close enough to save Little Red Riding Hood? In theory the damsels in distress are always saved by a strong hero. But in real life that's not often the case. These are the versions that are more child friendly because we all know that often the huntsman doesn't arrive in time. And sometimes the huntsman saves the damsel only for her to discover that he's just another type of threat. I much prefer when the damsels aren't in distress, but are smart enough not to get into trouble in the first place. Here's my first rough sketch of our hero. And the story begins here. I decided to start drawing the lemonheads because I have them on my banner on my craft blog, Lemon Tree Tales. It was time for them to "come to life".
My brother Ronnie said that I should post one of the sketches before I do any cleaning up or re-drawing. So here's my quick sketch of the huntsman. Can you tell that he's going to be a grapefruit head? As you can see I didn't leave enough room on the paper to complete his feet. I'm also not happy with his hands yet. Since he's running his left arm really should be drawn behind him, but then you wouldn't see much of it at all. I'll fix it so his left hand is fisted more. Plus his right thumb would be behind the ax handle a bit more ... probably won't even see it so I'll erase that. But you can see where I've been playing with where his legs and knees should fall. Hmm, I like his mouth but it's angled down to the right too much. Finally his eyes need to be less sleepy. He is after all an angry man with an ax out to save a damsel in distress. Those eyes might need to have a bit of white around the tops of them too. At any rate this shows how I like to sketch things out ... all very scratchy and rough.
Little Red Riding Hood skipped along the path until she came to the end of the woods. Beyond the next hill was her grandmama's house. She couldn't wait to get there and give her the pretty bouquet that she had picked in the woods.