New Tribute Art: The Little Mermaid and her New Legs

This illustration is inspired by the famous story written by the great Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid. I’m sure most people are familiar with the plot: a young mermaid princess falls in love with a human prince and she decides to win his love, no matter what it costs her. My drawing depicts the moment when she awakens and realizes that the magic potion (which she had drunk the night before) has successfully transformed her mermaid tail into human legs.

I’ve taken a couple of liberties with the little mermaid’s appearance; I don’t think Mr Andersen imagined the little mermaid with blue-green hair, but I think it gives her a lovely exotic appearance. And in any case, I personally love hair that colour.😋

New Tribute Art: Die Sterntaler

Die Sterntaler (The Star Money) is a German fairy tale made famous by The Brothers Grimm and it tells the story of a poor but kind-hearted orphan girl named Amelia, who gives away all her possessions (including her clothing) to help others. The reward for her kindness are stars, which fall to the ground around her as gold coins.

New Tribute Art: Dejah Thoris

Time for another piece of tribute art. This one is of the very lovely (and very naked) Dejah Thoris, the titular heroine from A Princess of Mars.

A Princess of Mars was one of several stories written a century ago by Edgar Rice Burroughs about the adventures of John Carter, an earthman on the red planet. Dejah is Carter’s love interest and is a perennial favourite amongst pin-up artists. I myself have been dying to draw her ever since I first read A Princess of Mars, a few years ago.😁

New Tribute Art: Pool of Tears

As no doubt many will realise, this illustration is a tribute to Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s story Alice in Wonderland (which, incidentally, I read for the very first time this year!). The title comes from the second chapter of the book, The Pool of Tears, in which a weeping Alice creates an impossibly large pool solely with her tears. In my illustration, Alice has only just started weeping, so that’s why the pool is still quite shallow.😋

Real-Life Heroine: Elena Mukhina

I drew this illustration to honour the memory of Elena Mukhina. Elena was a Soviet gymnast who was active and very successful internationally during the latter half of the 1970s. Unfortunately, however, pressure from Soviet authorities caused her to suffer a number of serious injuries, the worst of which left her a quadriplegic at just twenty years of age. After that, she sadly seems to have been largely forgotten and she passed away in 2006.

Elena’s tragic story reminds me a lot of the Soviet film “Куколка” (Dolly or A Little Doll in English). I’m a big fan of “Куколка”, which is the fictional story of a gymnast that suffers a life-changing injury, so I’m rather surprised that I only found out about Elena Mukhina a couple of weeks ago, during the Tokyo Olympics. But I certainly hope my drawing helps to make more people aware of her. Incidentally, I used footage I found on YouTube from the 1977 European Women’s Gymnastics Championships for reference.

If you are interested in finding out more about Elena Mukhina, you can read her Wikipedia article by clicking HERE. And if you want to find out more about the film “Куколка”, you can read my post on it by clicking HERE.😊