Update: 29th April, 2010. Better scan.
*Please note this is an older work.
Part of a project from my third and last year at university, when I retold and illustrated Madame Catherine d'Aulnoy's Princess Rosette
. It was submitted for the Macmillan Prize that year and received a 'Highly Commended'. This is the first spread, in which the queen discovers from the equally dismayed fairies that her longed for daughter, Rosette, will someday inadvertently bring about the destruction and death of her two sons.
The large empty scroll on the right was intended as a text panel.
One deviant remarked that the 'dwarf guy' is carrying what appears to be 'a cat in a huge nutshell'. My having omitted to draw the shafts of the feathers probably didn't help the impression, though given that this was more of an elaborated 'working drawing' than a fully completed illustration, it didn't occur to me at the time to draw those in greater detail. For those still perplexed, however, it is an early 16th century hat, with a wide slashed brim, not unlike this one
The title spread: