The Year Of Drawing Adventurously – Week 35: Fairytale Character

Following the chart to 52 drawings this year.

The story of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) is included in Grimm’s Fairy Tales, but it’s origin is much older. It’s earliest version appears in the Perceforest, a tale of the fictional origin of Britain with loose connections to the Arthurian Cycles. This narrative was composed between 1330 and 1344 AD by anonymous authors.

The general story is that a wicked fairy, excluded from the christening of the infant princess Briar Rose, places a curse on a spinning wheel so that Briar Rose will prick her finger and die. A good fairy discovers this plot and while she cannot undue the curse, she is able to mitigate it such that Briar Rose will fall into a deep sleep rather than die. She will only be awakened from this sleep by the kiss of a handsome prince. Spoiler alert: it all works out fine in the end. Go figure! Nevertheless, the actual fairy tale is way cooler than the Disney version, trust me. It’s full of symbolism and subtle meaning. So here is my Briar Rose:

19 thoughts on “The Year Of Drawing Adventurously – Week 35: Fairytale Character

    1. Thanks, Eilene. The original folk tales and nursery rhymes that have been altered to be more palatable to modern sensibilities is a bit of a fascination for me. I’m glad you like it!

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  1. As usual, another lovely piece of art from you with shades of grey. Great work Meg! I was fascinated to read the original version which i had no clue of. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you, Prema! This one taught me that I should use a larger drawing pad, in order to get better detail. I could have done better with this. Nevertheless I am glad you liked it and the story!


      1. I am no expert but i think it’s just fine as it is, detailing included. Anyway, there are more to come so no worries! Infact, i feel like a six year old in front of your skill, with my alladdin ( have a look) and his girlfriend!

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