'The crane pecked with his bill, knocked and knocked at the dish, but nothing got into his mouth, while the fox lapped and lapped the gruel until she had eaten it all'
Illustration for The Fox and the Crane
, from Myths and Legends of Russia
, collected by Aleksandr Afanas'ev and translated by Norbert Guterman; published by The Folio Society: [link]
More illustrations can be found in this folder
Ink and gouache on Arches cold pressed, 140lbs/300gsm.
This was the very first illustration I created for this book, but which I somehow hadn't uploaded here before. So by way of re-familiarising my kind watchers with my silhouette work, here it is. The little signature panel in the bottom right doesn't appear in the published illustration; I was just trying to see what it looked like.
This tale is identical to the Aesop fable of the same name, in which a fox invites a crane to a meal, only to trick the bird by serving up the soup/ porridge (or in this case, gruel) in a shallow dish, so that it is unable to eat. The crane retaliates by inviting the fox to a meal served in tall, narrow-mouthed jars...
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