View Full Version : Hansel and Gretel Children's Book

02-08-2002, 05:55 PM
Done in scratchboard...

02-08-2002, 06:02 PM
and here is another in the series, where the witch gets her come upance...

Jason Seiler
02-09-2002, 02:15 PM
Great stuff...really love it!!! I'm going to have to show my wife...she's really going to dig this stuff! :evil:

02-09-2002, 02:22 PM
Thanks again, Im glad you enjoy it.

02-10-2002, 12:41 AM
Looks very original! Why you don't show all the characters?

02-10-2002, 01:54 PM
ummm, because those are all the characters. Have you read Hansel and Gretel? There are the two children and a witch.

Keith Russell
02-11-2002, 04:14 PM

These are excellent.

The story of Hansel and Gretal is visceral, and very (very) disturbing. (Child abuse and cannibalism. It doesn't get much more distrubing than that.) Often, children seem better able to handle this kind of thing than most adults.

You've captured the intense 'flavour' of the story very well, with your dark, spooky drawings.

I'd love to see what you could do with Alice in Wonderland, or Beowulf.


02-11-2002, 06:52 PM
I was even thinking of maybe the Wizard of Oz, as the original story was much more scary than the movie. Also, I would love to do Alice but since that Alice game came out that was very dark it would be hard for me to not subconsiously keep refering to the images in the game.

02-11-2002, 08:11 PM
These are great :) Scraperboard isn't easy ...

02-11-2002, 08:44 PM
Thanks for the kind words, I sent them out to some publishers, Im keeping my fingers crossed.

02-12-2002, 10:39 AM
Dark and lovely! Really cool looking stuff. Good luck with your submission.

02-13-2002, 04:12 AM
you truely have a unique style. The pictures are quite interesting... a bit morbid, but i like them. Your children are just interesting though... that hair on the girl....

at least this one has color ;)

02-13-2002, 01:12 PM
Excellent medium for the subject. I've never worked in scratchboard but have always found it fascinating. These are reminiscent of "Nightmare Before Christmas"...or...who was that guy?...Edward Gorey?

Does the board come already black, or do you ink it? Are the scratchers pushed or pulled or what?

Anyway, very good work.

02-13-2002, 03:47 PM
I paint black ink on masonite, then scratch away with a sharp scraper tool, sort of like an exacto knife. I get the edward gorey thing and tim burton thing all time. Im very influenced by both of them.

03-09-2002, 11:58 AM
Your work is fantastic!

I really like the dark side to your illos for this story... shows the dark side of the original version of Hansel & Gretel.

I just love those older fairy tales and fables, when they wrote to scare the daylights outta kids to get them to behave themselves! I also like the original versions of the greek myths where the gods kept eating their own kids. Yikes!

03-09-2002, 10:13 PM
Originally posted by pilly
! I also like the original versions of the greek myths where the gods kept eating their own kids. Yikes!

there are days i wish someone would eat my kids...LOL...only kidding...

i think these are great...would love to see more of your work.

11-19-2006, 05:26 PM
Great illos and work VERY well with this story!

Umm... the old 'wonder' stories like Hansel and Gretel, weren't written for children at all. They are part of an oral tradition, actually told mainly for adult listeners. The Grimm Brothers were compilers. But, yeah, alot of them were 'cleaned up' by later translators, and illustrated as childrens books, starting around the turn of the century.


12-03-2006, 01:46 PM
these look like Tim Burton meets Hansel and Gretel! i agree, they capture the spirit of that tale well.

02-14-2007, 04:40 PM
Most impressive! Nice style!

02-24-2007, 02:39 PM
nice style but i think its to dark ..

03-14-2007, 09:14 PM
Way cool! I would be pleased and proud to add this book to my small collection of favorites. (crossing my fingers for you!)

03-21-2007, 04:26 PM

03-24-2007, 06:45 PM
i know i'm years late to this thread but

03-27-2007, 12:22 PM
Very nice.