Spot Illustrations for the “Princess Frog” Fairy Tale

3 Feb

I enrolled into a year-long online course with Carla Sonheim. Each month we will be illustrating a new book, and the first is a Russian fairy tale “The Princess Frog”. Being a Russian, I know this one very well, so at first it was somewhat hard to brush off the preconceived ideas of what the characters are “supposed” to look like.

Oh, and a spot illustration is an illustration that doesn’t stand on its own, occupying a full page – but rather is usually tacked in a corner of a page or something.

And I got sooooo inspired! I got six already!

“The youngest, the brave Tsarevitch Ivan, had the ill luck to send his arrow into the midst of a swamp, where it was caught by a croaking frog.”

“How can I marry a frog?” complained the son. “Never mind,” replied his father, “you have to marry the frog, for such is evidently your destiny.”

“The Tsarevitch Ivan returned home. There was no smile on his face, and cloudy was his brow, more cloudy than before. “C-R-O-A-K! C-R-O-A-K! Tsarevitch, my dear husband, why so sad? Hast thou heard anything unpleasant at the palace?”


“Vassilissa, when she came back, searched for the skin, and when she could not find it her beautiful face grew sad and her bright eyes filled with tears.”


“But the man continued, gently: “But I pity thee and want to help thee. Here is a magic ball. In whatever direction this ball rolls, follow without fear.”


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