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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
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.
A July Tale, by lzamosc
by lzamosc
I like how the woman also seems to rise up out of words.
A July Tale, by Fred Stesney
by Fred Stesney
This is awesome. Wish I could do origami.

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
This is what I really wanted to make if I could draw better.
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!
An August Tale, by Jodi Chamberlain
by Jodi Chamberlain
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.

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
How's that for a creepy, dominant mother? It even looks like she's lying in a coffin.
A September Tale, by Margareta Nemo
by Margareta Nemo
Oh man, the look on this face says it all. The horror.
A September Tale, by Shadia Amin
by Shadia Amin
No mom, I *really* don't want your ring!!!

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.
An October Tale, by Dominic Bercier
by Dominic Bercier
I like the graphic-ness of this drawing. Strong idea, strong execution.
An October Tale, by Cassidy Stone
by Cassidy Stone
This is a nice homey scene. The lamp and pot are subtly intertwined.

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.
A November Tale, by Marrus Art
by Marrus Art
So cool. Cleansing fire.
A November Tale, by Erik Reichenbach
by Erik Reichenbach
I want a brazier like this. And I want to read comics by this guy.

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
The girl looks fierce, I think. Fierce and cold. The older woman looks compassionate.
A December Tale, by RosaleeLuAnn
by RosaleeLuAnn
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.
A December Tale, by Fernanda Frick
by Fernanda Frick
I love this one because it tells the whole story, not just the moment
. Great composition.

All the copyrights belong to the people who made the artwork.
I couldn't track all of the artists, so if you see your work here, please let me know and I'll link you!