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The Fox and the Crane by ERPWorks The Fox and the Crane by ERPWorks
This semester I'm taking a Children's Book Illustration course, and our first assignment was to draw a scene from a Aesop's Fable that our professor chose. He picked the Fox and the Crane for us, and basically this version of the story goes that the fox was jealous of the crane, so he wanted to embarrass her. The fox invited the crane over to dinner and served a meal on a plate. With the crane's long beak she could not eat the meal and the fox devoured it all. Later on the crane invites the fox over to dinner, and in response serves her meal in a cylinder that the fox cannot eat out of. So the moral of the story is basically the golden rule, treat others the way you want to be treated.

This was a very relaxing piece for me because our professor is very lenient on what you want to do. Originally I had the animals clothed, but in the end I decided to scrap them and just depict the animals as themselves (with exaggeration). I also had some other cranes and a flamingo in the background laughing at the fox, but as I lined the image, it looked more like they were mocking and making fun of him, and it kind of lost a bit of the original meaning. So I scrapped them and just concentrated on the two animals. Overall, I enjoyed the results, I haven't really drawn either animal much and I usually draw figures, so it was a nice little experiment for myself. I think this class will go well this semester.

PS: I know that the top of the composition looks pretty open, but I left it that way for the possibility of text fitting into the space.
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Demoness-Melody Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fox, just tip it over and do it that way! But yes don't be a jerk. That is not nice.

Though they are animals you did a great job showing the fox's expression and Crane looks pretty happy herself. But for me Fox's expression steals the spotlight of the picture because it tells so much.
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ERPWorks Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hehe, yeah, you're not supposed to suggest that :p Besides, who would want to eat food off of the ground? :iconimhappyplz:

Thank you! I wanted the fox to be the one to tell the story, they're so nice to manipulate in terms of expressions. Birds are a little bit more difficult, but the fox tends to be a proud animal in terms of wits. So to have his own tricks turned on him is rather humiliating for him.
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