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.

April: Cinderella

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. 

May: Rapunzel

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?

July: Peter Pan

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.

So that’s all for now. Hope you enjoy

Disclaimer: While I drew these myself I find dozens of reference photos for each one. 

14 thoughts on “A Fairy Tale Year

  1. Just…wow! You’re super talented and I love every single one of these drawings. I’d love to have such a calendar on my wall as well! Are you planning on making it available to buy? 😄❤


    1. I wasn’t planning to make it available to buy. Since I use so many pictures for references I’m not sure at what point I’d be stepping on the original photos toes. But I’m just planning to use a basic calendar template on my computer to print these out when I’m done. Feel free to like or save them if you want. 😊

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      1. Ah, I see. But your art is amazing. And if you happen to change your mind and decide to put it up on Etsy (or any other place), I would definitely buy one. ❤

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  2. Your illustrations are incredible! I’m incredibly envious of writers who can draw, because they can always actualise their own visions in a way that someone removed from the story can’t: I love your work! 🙂


  3. Your artwork is wonderful! I’m an artist too but have done very little with colored pencil – it’s a medium I want to get more into. I admire your ability to create such full, vivid scenes.

    (p.s. Thank you for your recent follow! After seeing this post I’m excited to follow you in return. 🙂 )

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    1. I’m glad you enjoy them. I always want to see characters in fully realized scenes than just the abstract backgrounds that are probably more correct in terms of composition. I have a love hate with colored pencils. They’re the easiest for me to draw in the fine details, but getting the color saturation I want is so much more time consuming than say with acrylics.

      Reading through your posts I’m really enjoying your sense of humor that you write with.


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