“Hansel and Gretel” from “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”

“Hansel and Gretel”

These little cuties were perfect for Hansel and Gretel.  I just LOVE their red hair. This image was one of the most complex illustrations I did.  In fact, I may post a series of images showing how I did it! If you are a subscriber to my newsletter (see tab on the left of the page) you may have already seen it!

This is obviously one of the most well-known stories of all time, a classic Grimm brothers tale. Interestingly, I found many versions of this story with different variations, such as the story called “Brother and Sister”, in which the brother and sister run away from home and then the brother is turned into a deer after he drinks from a magical stream. The sister later has to rescue him. (Similar to the Three Ravens story). Hansel and Gretel was originally called “Little Brother and Little Sister”, so you can see where some confusion arises!

“Hansel and Gretel” is usually illustrated with the children walking through the forest dropping bread crumbs, and while that would certainly have been easier to illustrate, I really wanted to show the moment where they discover the cottage in the woods. Notice the birds again!

My 12×12 book, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, which contains the entire exhibition including the beautiful accompanying story pages, is available for purchase online here in hardcover and softcover.

 If you would like to view the entire exhibit in person, you can visit  The Bank of Jackson on Oil Well Road, second floor, until May 31.

Boy and Girl holding hands, Jackson TN children's photographer Carrie Prewitt

quote from Hansel and Gretel

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