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This is my first illustration for the fall semester of school, and I am pleased with how it turned out. It’s based of a poem by Carol Ann Duffy called "Little Red Cap." I am starting to see my voice in my work, and that is so motivating.

Little Red-Cap

At childhood’s end, the houses petered out
into playing fields, the factory, allotments
kept, like mistresses, by kneeling married men,
the silent railway line, the hermit’s caravan,
till you came at last to the edge of the woods.
It was there that I first clapped eyes on the wolf.

He stood in a clearing, reading his verse out loud
in his wolfy drawl, a paperback in his hairy paw,
red wine staining his bearded jaw. What big ears
he had! What big eyes he had! What teeth!
In the interval, I made quite sure he spotted me,
sweet sixteen, never been, babe, waif, and bought me a drink,

my first. You might ask why. Here’s why. Poetry.
The wolf, I knew, would lead me deep into the woods,
away from home, to a dark tangled thorny place
lit by the eyes of owls. I crawled in his wake,
my stockings ripped to shreds, scraps of red from my blazer
snagged on twig and branch, murder clues. I lost both shoes

but got there, wolf’s lair, better beware. Lesson one that night,
breath of the wolf in my ear, was the love poem.
I clung till dawn to his thrashing fur, for
what little girl doesn’t dearly love a wolf?1
Then I slid from between his heavy matted paws
and went in search of a living bird – white dove –

which flew, straight, from my hands to his hope mouth.
One bite, dead. How nice, breakfast in bed, he said,
licking his chops. As soon as he slept, I crept to the back
of the lair, where a whole wall was crimson, gold, aglow with books.
Words, words were truly alive on the tongue, in the head,
warm, beating, frantic, winged; music and blood.

But then I was young – and it took ten years
in the woods to tell that a mushroom
stoppers the mouth of a buried corpse, that birds
are the uttered thought of trees, that a greying wolf
howls the same old song at the moon, year in, year out,
season after season, same rhyme, same reason. I took an axe

to a willow to see how it wept. I took an axe to a salmon
to see how it leapt. I took an axe to the wolf
as he slept, one chop, scrotum to throat, and saw
the glistening, virgin white of my grandmother’s bones.
I filled his old belly with stones. I stitched him up.
Out of the forest I come with my flowers, singing, all alone.

Carol Ann Duffy 1999
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Hot68White Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
Pikachu Emote - So beautiful Pikachu Emote - So beautiful Pikachu Emote - So beautiful 
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carbonacat Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so magnificent. I've come to fall in love with this style
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JOHNNYFB Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SUPERB!!! FIVE STARS!!!!!!!
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Galiciarn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Very pretty style
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Amazing!
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Hi ! I featured your work here : ahemka.deviantart.com/journal/…
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KINGOOB Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Well done!
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ShadowxScarlet109 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me very sad :(

It reminds me of The Wolf and the Rabbits. The rabbits were sisters and named Red Cap and Black Cap. It is a very sad but simple story
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PaperEatsPencil Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
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sthefo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Beautifuuuuul!!!♥
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LostKeep Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love this palette, too :)  The marks and graphic elements are fantastic...
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DuszanB Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Really nice illustration, beautiful style.
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Oni-Neko Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The additon of the poem really adds something to the picture.
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SAILORKC Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Lovely it reminds me of James Jean's work on Fables
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wonderful work!
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dmkozicka Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful piece of art ! I really like it . 
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Finnguala Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is so beautiful. And you're right to ignore that nonsense about the mature filter. Nipples, everybody has em... :shrug:
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LAN0RA Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014   General Artist
this is a gorgeous illustration! fantastic work! :heart::la:
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loish Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
incredible. 
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ConfusedLarch Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is my favourite work of your gallery.
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MGRESA Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student General Artist
nice
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Beautiful painting
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JulianTotinoTedesco Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I truly love your stuff :)
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So-Said-The-GlassMan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student
this is stunning!  what medium did you use?
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Bluoltremare Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I think it's great

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Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive ! That's really unique. I love the tones, the atmosphere. You really did a great job !
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Raye666 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
pretty good~love it~❤
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ladenu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wonderful
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Archsider Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
suupppeeeerrr awesome Meow :3 Meow :3 +fav +fav Heart Heart 
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strigoi-mort Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
really eyecatching piece of art ;]
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carouselclover Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student General Artist
There is something I love about this. I can't say what exactly, but I do love it. 
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PeterDonahue Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
perfect. Everything illustration art should be.
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juliathedrawer Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Love it!!
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BloodieRose Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
This is gorgeous and fit the poem really well.
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NaderMarouf Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
unbelievable! truly beautiful!
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ParanoiiidA Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Awesome, I really like the way you drew the girl.
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Glad-Sad Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
This is the best thing! : O
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MadWorldArt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Woh! Beautiful!
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PullItApart Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Navel?
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scottaltmann Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
stunning! 
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Morkissa Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
it's fantastic! Love 
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rhedkrow Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ignore the idiots that are 'offended' by an exquisite figure such as this. You did right in not to mark it 'mature'. If all they can do is come here and fixate on a tiny pair of breasts then they are not true artists and simply boring trolls. This is art, not porn or erotica, if you don't understand that, then you never will.

Your style is beautiful, I've just had a look at your gallery and you have most definitely have a wonderfully unique style. I will definitely be watching you for any future works. Stand true to your art form and don't let any narrow mindedness affect you. For every one twit that comments on here to point out 'nudity' there will be fifty true artists that will see your art for truly what it is.

Don't ever forget that.
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AudreyBenjaminsen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. You are wonderful and speak the truth!! <3 I'm happy there are people like you on this site :) 
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TheQueenOfKillers Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's just amazing
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Chialupa Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just wow. Really hit me!
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Perliquin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
So beautiful, love your style and after reading the poem I enjoy it even more
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Miam-Pepin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
amazing
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great work Audrey! Love the old-tome embellishment and icon elements!
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AudreyBenjaminsen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! 
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