April 2, 1805 - Writer Hans Christian Andersen (known for his many classic fairy tales including “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Little Mermaid” and “The Little Match Girl”) is born in Odense, on the Danish island of Funen (Fyn), Denmark.
Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above. There dwell the Sea King and his subjects.
The Sea King had been a widower for many years, and his aged mother kept house for him. She was deserving of very great praise, especially for her care of the little sea-princesses, her grand-daughters. They were six beautiful children; but the youngest was the prettiest of them all; her skin was as clear and delicate as a rose-leaf, and her eyes as blue as the deepest sea.
The Little Mermaid (
Den lille havfrue ) by Hans Christian Andersen
As the Little Mermaid ascends into the atmosphere, she is greeted by other daughters who tell her she has become like them because she strove with all her heart to obtain an immortal soul. Because of her selflessness, she will be given the chance to earn her own soul by doing good deeds to mankind for 300 years and will one day rise up into the Kingdom of God.
“The walls of the palace were formed of drifted snow, and the windows and doors of the cutting winds. There were more than a hundred rooms in it, all as if they had been formed with snow blown together. The largest of them extended for several miles; they were all lighted up by the vivid light of the aurora, and they were so large and empty, so icy cold and glittering!”
What if the little match girl of Hans Christian Andersen was a slave child from New Orleans in the beginning of the 19th century?
The Little Match Girl is my all time favorite Tale.
When I was nine years old my mom bought me a big book full of the most popular tales. There were almost all the Grimm fairy tales in it but the one that stayed carved in my mind was this wonderful story by Hans Christian Andersen. I did not totally understood the ending but the fact that she had hope even though she was cold, hungry and with nobody to help is something that I, somehow, immediately related to me since I come from a modest family. I re-read the tale when I was in high-school and understood every part of it wich made me love this story even more!
The idea of illustrating it in my own way has been on my mind til then but I was always scared to totally ruined it and thought I was not yet good enough to do it.
But I love this story so much that I finally decided to start developing visually this idea and if it fails, I’ll just do it again and again until I’m satisfied with the results.
So guys get ready to see alot of this for the weeks (or maybe months) to come!