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french red riding hood by rose-colligan french red riding hood by rose-colligan
Major Project for my Honours thesis, changes in the red riding hood tale over time influenced by the society they came from :D

french red riding hood is a bad arse XD 1697

watercolour, ink, pencil

Perraults tale. the first literary version. dark humour intended for the french court and not particulaly for children as the 'concept of the child' was not yet realised. symbolic of the debaucherous nature of the court.

red and the wolf stand very close as oppossed to the Grimm tale where they are at opposite sides of the composition. Organic shapes, french court in bg., fleur dis lis pattern on dress.

Illustration inspired by Gustave Dore who was the first to illustrate Perraults tales.

edit: just thought id paste this in coz some people have bin asking:
the original tale was a rural french oral tradition in the late medieval period told by peasants for peasants. its very dirty.....;D then there was this one (the first literary translation for the upper class), then the grimm one and then a whole bunch of cheesy sacharine ones, then there were the rebelious ones of the 30s, 70s, 80s and now.

the best book ever on the deconstruction of the RRH tales and their corresponding social aspects is The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood by Jack Zipes. it has all the main versions of the tale in it and then discusses the symbolism within them and how that relates to the society of the time. its on amazon but will probably be at your local library.
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coloralchemy Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I think this is a very nicely done piece. But something about the difference in color between the background and the foreground makes it feel like they are not part of the same picture.
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megancatherine1999 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I think this is wonderful, I love your drawing style
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
thankyou :)
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Alichase Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
what are your policies on using your work? I would of course give all credit to you however I know some artists are not open to the idea xx
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
It depends what it is for, if you are not gaining any revenue from it then go ahead, just credit me and its all fine. :)
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Steffyfromcali91 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
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bammers2000 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
wow....just wow
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
<3
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awesomefionna Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
omg omg omg i love this
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AnnemarieLynnDube Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just beautiful
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
thanks :)
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ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
thankyou ^^
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ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My absolute pleasure!!!! :)
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WillieManga Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Wolf: Well, hello little girl. What are you doing in such a dangerous place like this?
Red: Oh, uh, my... granny lives in these woods. In this little cabin, along this path. I came to give her a gift.
Wolf: Your granny, eh? Well, when you get to your granny, you may want to convince her to come live with you. The woods are no place for an old lady... and a sweet little thing like you.
Red: You may be right Mr. Wolf.
Wolf: You best run along now, little one, don't want an ol' creepy wolf like me impede your journey.
Red: Oh, no problem, mister. Thank you.
Wolf: Good luck, young'un. *To himself* I'd have eaten her right now, but two little morsels are better than one, methinks. Hehehehe...
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
:D
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
Your art and style is exquisite!
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:iconrose-colligan:
rose-colligan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
thankyou :)
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eitilt Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
wow that is amazing
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:iconrose-colligan:
rose-colligan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
thankyou :)
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eitilt Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
you're welcome
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Salt-Water-Taffy Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ton dessin est vraiment très beau
J'aime votre travail d'art :heart:
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
ohhhh merci bien! <3
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Salt-Water-Taffy Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
vous êtes les bienvenus <33
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
:)
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XAnimalLover13X Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
J'ai vraiment ça! Beau travail!
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
merci beaucoup! <3 x
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XAnimalLover13X Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Votre accueil!! :iconimhappyplz:
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
lol :P
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XAnimalLover13X Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
lmfao :3
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2old2bgood Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Writer
<3
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
x
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Pocket-Watches Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
I really love the way the wolf looks here
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
:) thanks.
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This tale was written in a time when wolves still roamed and hunted in Europe. They would not leave man's livestock alone, they could not be domesticated, and so they were hunted to utter extinction.

The same thing happened to the lion in the mid-east, as we have David c.1000 b.c., killing a marauding lion to protect the sheep (practically currency back then). Eventually lions were only to be found in the wild, in Africa.
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Yes, humans are a narcissistic bunch.
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautiful illustration,& interesting explanation..I've been playing Tale of Tale's "The Path" & it has rekindled my interests in RRH tales....I particularly love Red's elegant costume!:love:
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
thanks! :)
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gryphonic19 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
You have done a wonderful job, the detail here is just incredible!
P.S.. I love Dore!
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
thanks! and yeh hes one cool dude :) I have a Dore tattoo on my back..
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gryphonic19 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
That is way hardcore!!
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
:P
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XxoKatoxX Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart: i hope this changed peoples minds about "the big bad wolf" is this really threatning?? :iconwolfplz: btw i am amazed by this piece of art :D i love it!!
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
awww lil wolfie pants <3 lol thanks ;)
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XxoKatoxX Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ha np ^w^
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sensory-homoncula Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
thank you for the history & folklore. Red Riding Hood is drenched with symbolism.
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
thanks!
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secretlyamermaid Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
amazing! i love the wolf!
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rose-colligan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
cheers :)
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BonesOfDarkRelms Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she was originally named little red cape!
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