At the beginning of the year I set myself a goal that I would illustrate one fairy tale per month to make a calendar to hang over my desk for next year. So far I’m managing to keep up more or less. I thought I’d share the ones I have so far.
January: Snow White
Apart from associating the Snow part of her name with January, I think that her waking up represents the start of a new beginning.
Funny story. After I drew this picture I realized that the other illustrations I planned to use Were oriented vertically instead of landscape. 😫 So at some point I’m going to go back and redo this one.
February: Beauty and the Beast
It seemed pretty obvious that a story that revolves around roses and true love breaking spells (while also being a variation on the love story between good ole Cupid himself and his beloved Psyche) should go with February.
This was the first one I drew that inspired this entire project.
March: The Frog Princess
So March I associate with St Patrick’s Day and the color green. So I chose a green frog, a golden ball, and a princess with red hair.
Despite the ripe pumpkin, I always think of Cinderella and fairies as being associated with spring. Maybe because it’s prom season, I’m not sure.
I actually got behind and haven’t drawn this one yet. Oops! But May makes me think of Mother’s Day, and at its core Rapunzel is a story about mothers and daughters.
June: The Little Mermaid
With June comes summer and beach season, so who better to showcase that than the princess from under the sea?
While not strictly a fairy tale in the Grimm sense of the word, I drew this picture for my son’s nursery and thought that the adventure and freedom of Pan perfectly summed up July and summer vacation.
Disclaimer: While I drew these myself I find dozens of reference photos for each one.