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ACEO The Wild Swans by Achen089 ACEO The Wild Swans by Achen089
After about a year of neglect of this project of mine, i bring you a new piece from my ACEO fairytale collection, the Wild Swans. Actually i had drawn both this and Scheherazade (of the One Thousand and One Nights) many months ago but when i got to add colour i found out the paper had developed some sort of mould or gathered dust (anyone have any advice/knowledge to share regarding that?) and both paintings were ruined. It put me off from drawing them all over again until today. :)

On a side note, i enjoyed researching Scandinavian folk costumes so much that i think i'll take a break from the German/French fairytales and do a few Nordic/Russian etc next. Any suggestions?

Pencil, watercolours, white gouache / 6,4 x 8,9 cm (2.5" x 3.5")

You can see the rest of the collection here : achen089.deviantart.com/galler…
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classically-fragile Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014   Photographer
So beautiful! I love this fairy tale and it gets overlooked so often.  Have you done a painting inspired by the story the snow queen by Hans Christian Andersen yet?  It's one of my favorites. :) 
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Ah, this is one of my favorite fairy tales ^^ Her expression is really perfect :)

  Concerning Russian fairy tales, there is the one called the Frog Princess (not the Princess and the Frog) which is a wonderful tale. It must have been (and still is) my all time favorite tale ^^ You can read it there although it is a slighty shorter version from the one I know: www.artrusse.ca/fairytales/fro…
There is an animated version but I can only find it in full russian on youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LvzJZ…
There is one in english out there but I wouldn't recomand it as the voices and music dubbed over are just horrible and plain stupid.

There is also the Firebird which is a classic Russian tale I also greatly enjoyed :)Found a version of it here (a little shorter too but the essential is there ^^)  : www.artrusse.ca/fairytales/fir…
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rnj-nj Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Here is the animated version of "The Frog Princess" with English subtitles:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pprEzG…

Here is another animated version of "Frog Princess" with English subtitles:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao0Pqt…
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Lady-Susan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist
hum well, I didn't post the first one because it is the second version they did of tyhat animation and it had quite awful music and the text wasn't as good (not that it matters if you don't have subtitles to see it but at least the music changes everything as far as I'm concerned ^^)

 Not sure if I like the animation style of the other one though... Best read the story and check out the character designs from the first animation of the fifties. I have the first version of it with the good music but only in french and it hasn't been uploaded on youtube as far as I know...
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thymetoread Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So lovely!
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2ndtoOne Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As always, gorgeous work!
I look forward very much to more Nordic/Russian fairy tales! :) Alas, I'm not very familiar with any...
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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so sad :(
nicely conveyed :)

I love your hair style n perfect anatomy like in her hands and arm
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your compliments. :)
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riamachia Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
One of my top 3 fairy tales of all time.   <3
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Love-DoesNot-Give-Up Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! You should totally do a piece for East of the Sun, West of the Moon! :) It's a lovely tale: www.surlalunefairytales.com/ea…
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! And for the suggestion too! :)
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Love-DoesNot-Give-Up Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course! You're welcome! ^^
And Merry Christmas.
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Have a nice holiday season yourself! :)
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Love-DoesNot-Give-Up Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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ghostyheart Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so wonderful and gorgeous, and one of my favorite fairy tales. I wish that someday I will be able to draw like you. You're a magnificent artist.
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, both for your compliments and suggestion for the next fairytale.
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ghostyheart Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suggest for your next one: East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
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leafgreen27 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awful about your paintings! I hope you'll still do scheherazade though...
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yeah, i was very put off by this but i will definitely do a Scheherazade piece. ;)
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LadyElisera Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! One of my favorite fairytales ^__^
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glassheart93 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is jaw dropping :jawdrop:
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blacklothussayshello Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing expression!
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sheandherheart Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What is the story behind this picture? What fairytale? Beautiful, by the way.
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Muoni Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's a story by H. C. Andersen caled The Wild Swans
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TechnicolorIllusion Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! My personal favorite Nordic fairytale is East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon.
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your nice comment and suggestion!
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GrafiteFingers12 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love this fairy tale!! And your work is gorgeous! (As always... :) )
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you! That's very nice of you. :)
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Elriaen Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Oh I love this fairy tale, probably my favourite in my old book because it was illustrated so beautifully. While a different style to your picture, the standard is just as good!
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! May i ask which book is it ( i mean by which author, if it was a retelling, and which illustrator)? I collect illustrated fairytale books and i'm always on the look out for new findings.
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QueenLucySusan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Pretty!
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SmartypantsMcgee Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Have you ever read the fairy tale East of the sun and West of the moon? It's my favorite fairy tale :)
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yes, i have but thanks for your suggestion all the same, i'll have it in mind. ;)
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Ruaya Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've read a book about this story, and it's one of my favorite books... I just loved reading it, and your picture brings back so many emotions I felt while reading. Thanks for sharing your amazing art with us!
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
I thank you for the lovely comments you leave on it. :)
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BriarsandThorns Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Another stunning piece
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your compliment. :)
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BriarsandThorns Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It really is my pleasure I adore all your work! Would love to work together in the future! 
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Lantis-Erin Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this fairytale and this is gorgeous. :)
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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PriestessRaven Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
i love the accuracy in the knitting
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Haha! Since i had no idea how it works i had to look it up. ;) 
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PriestessRaven Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
we are always recruiting! join the fiber crew :D
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razmo99 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful!  I always liked The Snow Queen by H. C. Andersen.
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! One of my favourites too. :nod:
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darciemarie23 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
It seems Tchaikovsky copied Hans Christian Andersen's idea for that whole swan-by-night-human-by-day curse.
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zondoeli Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
If you want a Russian folk tale you must do one with Baba Yaga! Or "The Fire Bird," or "The Little Humpbacked Horse"!
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your suggestions!
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Nightfall26 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Another lovely fairytale piece!
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! Happy to know you keep enjoying them. :)
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