Wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus).
Familial, material, and romantic love all play their parts in this Russian tale, in which Tsarevich Ivan, Tsar Andronovich’s youngest son, discovers the culprit who nightly steals the Tsar’s golden apples: the firebird.
Some more recent retellings have occasionally conflated this tale with that of Koschei the Deathless by casting him as the antogonist, and indeed this was the basis for Stravinsky’s ballet of 1910. Here, the firebird’s brilliant feather, which had torn away in Ivan’s grasp when he attempted to catch the bird, becomes the light which frees Koschei’s prisoners from enchantment and aids Ivan in Koschei’s destruction.
For the 2017 Month of Love challenge, ‘Metamorphoses’
In Greek mythology, Daphne, a naiad, was transformed into a laurel tree after begging for help from her father, the river god Peneus (or from Gaia in some versions) in order to escape Apollo’s amorous advances.
#MerMay is the creation of animator, Tom Bancroft, and is a challenge whereby one posts a mermaid drawing each day for the month of May.
Now, anyone who knows me at all knows that it is entirely impossible for me to complete this challenge to its fullest condition, even had I no other work to do but to simply draw a mermaid every day. So my contribution to this would be to try and do one whenever I can squeeze it in for the month.
Of course, having once dipped my tail in, I find myself completely carried away by my first piece. I originally aimed for a sketchy sort of drawing and never meant to get this far. And having got this far, I’m not actually sure I like it.