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A Calendar of Tales


A Calendar of Tales, by Neil Gaiman & Me
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A July Tale

A July Tale, by Margreet de Heer
You can read the story by clicking here.

The July tale is about a man hiding in a cold world of books and words after his wife left him. That called for a drawing made entirely out of words. I made a drawing that I later divided up in three drawings, of which I think the bears were the best. This is the entire drawing:
A July Tale, by Margreet de Heer
I loved seeing other submissions come in that also played around with words.
These are a few that stood out for me:
A July Tale, by crsgrl1223
by Christina, crsgrl1223
(USA)
This drawing was done before I made mine, but I swear I didn't see it.
I made a point of not looking at the other drawings before I did my own.
Amazing how almost literally similar this is to my idea.
Morphogenetic fields. Must be it.
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A July Tale, by lzamosc
by lzamosc
I like how the woman also seems to rise up out of words.
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A July Tale, by Fred Stesney
by Fred Stesney
(USA)
This is awesome. Wish I could do origami.
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An August Tale

An August Tale, by Margreet de Heer
You can read the story by clicking here.

A tale of boldness and fire. And phoenixes, but the dread of the story was such that I made them into vultures. I bought a new pencil with a thicker line than I'm used to. I like how it led me to drawing more "edgy".

The many submissions for this tale are hot, hot, hot. I chose a few that I liked:
An August Tale, by Sonia Nadeau
by Sonia Nadeau
(USA)
This is what I really wanted to make if I could draw better.
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An August Tale, by Ramona Treffers
by Ramona Treffers
(The Netherlands)
This captures the awesomeness of the scale of the fire. And the illustrator is Dutch, like me!
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An August Tale, by Jodi Chamberlain
by Jodi Chamberlain
(USA)
This is the second Jodi Chamberlain drawing I'm singling out. She's just so good.
I love how she captures the cockiness of the men not fleeing for the fire.
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A September Tale

A March tale, by Margreet de Heer
You can read the story by clicking here.

This tale is about a magical lion ring that keeps getting lost and keeps getting returned. I got the impression that the person (could have been a woman the way it was written, but I made him a man) secretly wanted to get rid of his mother's witchy ring, which really spooked him.

So many versions of beautiful lion rings and scarecrows came in for this one. I looked for drawings that captured a bit of the relationship with the mother:
A September Tale, by Szymon Marcin
by Szymon Marcin
(Poland)
How's that for a creepy, dominant mother? It even looks like she's lying in a coffin.
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A September Tale, by Margareta Nemo
by Margareta Nemo
(France)
Oh man, the look on this face says it all. The horror.
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A September Tale, by Shadia Amin
by Shadia Amin
(Colombia)
No mom, I *really* don't want your ring!!!
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An October Tale

An October Tale, by Margreet de Heer
You can read the story by clicking here.

The October tale is a love story. Instead of making someone happy granting wishes, a genie finds happiness himself with someone who already has everything she could wish for. I tried the silhouette technique again, mirroring the two main characters. Drawing the border was wonderfully meditative.

This story evoked many romantic illustrations. I looked for drawings that emphasized the twin-ness of the genie's lamp and Hazel's tea pot:
An October Tale, by E. Habets-Dobben
by E. Habets-Dobben
The lamp and teapot in this drawing look a lot like mine.
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An October Tale, by Dominic Bercier
by Dominic Bercier
(Canada)
I like the graphic-ness of this drawing. Strong idea, strong execution.
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An October Tale, by Cassidy Stone
by Cassidy Stone
(USA)
This is a nice homey scene. The lamp and pot are subtly intertwined.
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A November Tale

A November Tale, by Margreet de Heer
You can read the story by clicking here.

The November tale seems to stick with me the longest - simple yet powerful, the idea of being able to burn away the past is extremely compelling. It features a brazier with intertwined snakes/dragons. That made me think of the staff of Aesculapius, god of Medicin, so I put that sign in the drawing as well.

Many people were touched by this story and made beautiful art about it. I looked for other drawings that focused on the brazier:
A November Tale, by Hat Bird
by Hat Bird
The bleakness of terminal illness is captured well in the woman, I think.
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A November Tale, by Marrus Art
by Marrus Art
(USA)
So cool. Cleansing fire.
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A November Tale, by Erik Reichenbach
by Erik Reichenbach
(USA)
I want a brazier like this. And I want to read comics by this guy.
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A December Tale

A December Tale, by Margreet de Heer
You can read the story by clicking here.

A nice tale about a girl who lives on the cold streets of London and meets her future self, who tells her to hold on, it will get better. I like that the story is not soppy but realistic, the girl reacts angrily - "What good does that do me NOW?". Well, it gives her hope. Which is a nice message to end this Calendar with.

I experimented with Dry Brush in Photoshop for this one. Only a few lines of my original drawing survived.

People drew and photographed many great meetings-on-the-street for this. I looked for a few that showed the ambiguous reaction of the girl:
A December Tale, by Michelle de Villiers
by Michelle de Villiers
(Canada)
The girl looks fierce, I think. Fierce and cold. The older woman looks compassionate.
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A December Tale, by RosaleeLuAnn
by RosaleeLuAnn
(USA)
I like how the characters look like each other. The aging is well captured. The look on the girl's face is incredulous and a bit annoyed.
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A December Tale, by Fernanda Frick
by Fernanda Frick
(Chile)
I love this one because it tells the whole story, not just the moment
. Great composition.
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