Rumpelstiltskin, illustrated for author Andrew Peters
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Rumpelstiltskin: Villain or Victim?

Being asked to illustrate a series of fairy tales, I did a test image of the wicked villain “Rumpelstiltskin”. Yet upon reflection, I have to conclude that he was the only character who didn’t lie and cheat his way through the whole story. He offered a bargain, stuck to the terms, and then even offered a way out of that bargain when the going got tough.

The miller’s daughter on the other hand took credit for Rumpelstiltskin’s work, used it to get a king to marry her, backed out of her agreement, and then got a servant to find an easier way out for her. What a lazy heroine!

This test image was completed in one afternoon and was very well received by the author. Now for the real thing.

Alex McArdell
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Alex is a professional artist and illustrator based in the UK. He has worked on published works in the fields of Children's books and Comics. His most recent work can be see… Show more.

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