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The Red Shoes by LCibos The Red Shoes by LCibos
This image was originally done in color, but upon completion, I found that the color detracted from the focus of the piece, her red shoes. So, I put a mask around the shoes and turned the rest grayscale. I think the result is more effective. Though it's a little bit sad to spend all that time coloring just to throw out colors at the end. Eh, c'est la vie!

The illustration is based on the story "The Red Shoes" by Hans Christian Andersen, which you can read in its entirety here: [link] Upon reading the story as part of my research for the illustration, I was very surprised by the heaviness of its religious message; the version of the red shoes I read as a kid was about a ballerina who puts who on a pair of red ballet slippers that force her to dance until she dies from exhaustion. Although in either case, it's a pretty dark story.

You can view the original color version on my blog: [link]
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Angelkitty17 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hans Christian Andersen was brilliant, wasn't he?  I agree that the grayscale gives focus to the piece, although the color version is lovely as well.
bethmora Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
This story gave me an obsession with red shoes that I still can't shake.

This piece captures the entire tale perfectly, it is beautiful. Thank you.
Ishtarstar Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
I love that splash of red in the grey landscape. Perfect for the story
Clare-Dragonfly Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
This is one of my favorite fairy tales and I love this illustration! Her expression is perfect, and I love the coloration, though now I'm curious to see a full-color version...
odwild Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Featured in the news article Children illustration - digital art feature
LCibos Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
the-Mad-Hatress Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student General Artist
I think the greyscale lends itself well to the dark tone of the story. :)
Lovely piece.
DaggerRavionFall Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Didn't she have to cut off her feet in order to get rid of them?
werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Here via link from The Illustrated Word. Wonderful job on this! It's perfect.
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