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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Blog, Books | 17 comments

Fables de la Fontaine. Book in Progress (post 27)

Fables de la Fontaine. Book in Progress (post 27)


Here I’m sharing the last 2 characters for the book. I cannot believe that I’m working on illustration #8.

Wolf white background small

I wanted my wolf for the fable to look like the real animal because in the story he’s free and wild and hasn’t been domesticated. He’s also hungry and a little bit underweight. See the ribs? He’s carefully listening to the dog’s stories about how much food he eats and the advantages of having an owner. But as you can see the wolf is not completely convinced. In the fable the wolf realizes that between food and freedom he choses freedom: “Better starve free than be a fat slave”.

Dog white brackground small

And here we have our dog very well dressed with a full tummy, looking almost like a human. Anybody would think that he’s totally happy with his life, but very deep inside he misses being free. This little dog is well dressed and fed but at night his owner makes him wear a collar attached to a chain and that hurts his neck a lot. He’s wearing a special high neck shirt to hide the wound.

This fable is told using animals but the moral is directed to humans and the fact the we should never compromise our freedom. The most important thing that we have is the freedom of being who we are and doing what we want.

I will share the whole illustration tomorrow.

Happy Sunday!

Elsita ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. I absolutely love the expression on the wolf’s face. He’s so sweet!

  2. You’re character’s are absolutely wonderful.
    I Really love the wild wolf.

  3. Love your art, it’s amazing!!

  4. I love all the characters you’ve created, this will be a wonderful book for young and old people. Thankยดs for sharing.

  5. Wow, I think these are getting even better as you are going along!

  6. I just went back and read over a couple months of your posts! I especially love what you said about doing little things at a time and taking breaks. I will remember that. These illustrations are fantastic… it comes so naturally to you. The book will be very special. I saw you in Uppercase Magazine too, looking beautiful as ever!! xo

  7. Elsa, I have so enjoyed the evolution of the fable book. Will this book be available for purchase in the United States?

  8. Those are amazing! They’re beautiful and sooo original ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Your wolf is my favorite yet. His face is so wise and bright. Congratulations on approaching the finish line!

  10. The wolf is adorable! I love the entire series of illustrations, they’re just perfect.

  11. Thank you all!
    Donna: I still don’t know if the book will be available in the USA. I REALLY HOPE SO!

  12. that wolf! how did you get the ribs to look like that?

  13. I love the wolf. Specially his face.

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