Aesop’s Fables – The Dog and his Shadow

March 21st, 2013

The Dog and his Shadow

A few years ago I came up with this illustration style sort of by accident while doodling half-heartedly in my sketchpad. The whole thing has since evolved into a series of illustrations of some of Aesop’s Fables which I’ve loved since I was a kid. I’m hoping to someday get enough of these together to make a little book out of them :)

Here’s the fable to go with the illustration:

The Dog and his Bone

A Dog, to whom the butcher had thrown a bone, was hurrying home with his prize as fast as he could go. As he crossed a narrow footbridge, he happened to look down and saw himself reflected in the quiet water as if in a mirror. But the greedy Dog thought he saw a real Dog carrying a bone much bigger than his own.

If he had stopped to think he would have known better. But instead of thinking, he dropped his bone and sprang at the Dog in the river, only to find himself swimming for dear life to reach the shore. At last he managed to scramble out, and as he stood sadly thinking about the good bone he had lost, he realized what a stupid Dog he had been.

It is very foolish to be greedy.

Media: Water Colours, Copic Multiliners, Faber Castell Crayons, White Gelpen

Also posted to my Deviantart Gallery.

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