Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Little Match Girl

This month's Gum or Mints assignment was the Little Match Girl.

I have always liked this story although it is grim. The concept of her getting lost in the hallucination is what attracted me first with this assignment and subsequently the light from the matches which help to take her there. I felt the need to work in color for this to feel the light best and did a watercolor rough of the first image I drew out. I really was going for an awestruck expression as well. I wanted her to look completely happy and not to care about all that was bad in her life. I have done some changes to the drawing and will probably give it another try in watercolor. I have also done some of her dead the next morning that I have to scan and will post them once I do.


M said...

wahh, this is just a rough? it looks wonderful.

Hu said...

this looks great.

Callan's Sketchblog said...

she's so sweet!

The Bear Maiden said...

Yeah, I remember hearing that story for the first time and waiting for the happy ending. And being bewildered by the actual ending :).

As always, beautiful work. Hope your Christmas was wonderful!.

Love, me

Zsebibaba said...

wow.. I am an actress. I played little match girl a few weeks ago. Can I have this painting??? :))))

John Bolton said...

Hi Peter
I wonder if you'd be kind enough to help me. I'm writing a post for my film review blog, in which I'm lampooning idea of a Pixar adaptation of this story. WOuld you be willing to allow me to use your image? I'd doctor it slightly, in order to make it look like a Pixar poster, and of course I'd gladly credit you and link to your blog. Please let me know.