I've been a great fan of November folktale weeks these last few years. Been following it with great enthusiasm and so getting to know the work some special illustrators.

Yup, that's me in the bollum left corner. Now, Folktaleweek is an illustrator event hosted on instagram, where illustrators of all kind and background publish illustrations on 7 prompts in 7 days. Each year there are fresh prompts and hosts and lots of inspiration - check @folktaleweek on instagram when you want to know more, and follow #folktaleweek of #folktaleweek2020 when you want to see this year's illustrations. The prompts this year are: (intro) Birth, Ritual, Courtship, Solstice, Death, Harvest, Dance. Isn't that a circle in itself??

I do know that painting/printing and illustration are not necessarily the same. And I know I'm not very trained in illustration - but I join this year nonetheless, I've finally lost my resistance. Hope I will get good illustrations done in time. I do have this great story based on this year's prompts from a very special author..... It starts like "He was the seventh son of the seventh son, born on the seventh day of the seventh month...." <more to follow from this AUTHOR>

So what is a folktale all about for me?? In general one hears about the flow and the arc of the story (and the visuals I presume), for me that is a circular flow, may or may not be a happy ending but always something that returns to the beginning of the story. And such a flow makes these types of stories very easily related to nature. So in my early sketches, you can see a lot of circles and round compositioning. I love circular forms inside a strong square. Let's see where it brings me.

It might be nice to share some of the inspirational art work that I found for this story especial. It is about color, it's about movement, it's about atmosphere. It is less about humor and characters, those are not yet my strong points, but I will try!!

About the inspiration pictures:

1) color inspiration from my own work

2) Book cover by France Castle (a name destined to make folktale illustrations, don't you think??) for general folktale eariness...

3) Romanesque paiting showing the kiss of Judas in such a strong circlar form - attraction and repulsion at the same time - I think this is what might be going on between our princess and our humble man (paintings remembered from a holiday visit in France, eglise village Vicq - Haute Marne - whenever you are near PLEASE go visit!! this is really a class apart even for romanesque painting) for the Courthship promt picture.

4) Romanesque paiting, remembered from holiday visits in France, eglise de Brancion - Bourgongne

First prompt is 'Birth' - always a very good start for a folktale. I remember a moment from our own family. A second son being born, and how does the elder one welcome a new brother? That frame got me started right in the middle of the Birth promt picture.

<MORE to be added between Nov. 23rd and Nov. 29 of 2020>

So, what to do? Check out daily posts on my insta account between November 23rd to November 29. Meanwhile I will share something about the creation of this story. And I will add the episodes after their publication to this blog post - stay tuned!!

<FOLKTALE to be published between Nov. 23rd and Nov. 29 of 2020>

Do you want to be plagued with the magical wonders from this story, know about new episodes and maybe be able to pre-order a special publications afterwards? CLICK here to commit ;) - just this story, no worries. Or follow my account on instagram.

Lotje Meijknecht

- Leiden - 

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