The Twelve Dancing Princesses


This here is my latest illustration. It was made to accompany the classic fairy tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." In my version, the princesses wait in a swamp as the princes arrive on their floating row boats.

I tried a slightly experimental approach for this piece. After finishing a tight line drawing, I scanned it in to the computer and printed it out on a nice weight drawing paper. The print was then glued to an illustration board and pressed it under some weight. I used a wax paper to protect the surface and felt to absorb the water during the pressing. When I checked the board the next day, the combination of the felt and wax paper had created a wavy pattern in the paper. What a great happy accident!