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iii - Fury by CrimsonMagpie iii - Fury by CrimsonMagpie
Third illustration for the 'dark fairy-tale' project.

The wicked badger has tricked the farmer's wife into letting him go and proceeds to kill her, cut her up and make her into soup.

I liked the idea of making my fairy-tale dark not through literally dark paintings but by keeping it fairly benign but with the odd explosion of graphic and unpleasant violence. I hope this fits the bill. :bucktooth:

In order to fully illustrate this part of the book I chose to do a composite scene, I think it's the first one I've ever done.



Acrylic on paper, 29.7 x 42cm / 11.7 x 16.54"

Read the full story here - [link]
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Burgundirector Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Excellent painting job. Although, I must confess it is the theme of this painting which makes nothing less than extraordinary!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Such a late reply!

Thanks, I'm glad you like it! I didn't think the theme anything special though; gory art seems to be quite popular! =p
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Moreno-A88 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Greusome, although at first I thought it was just a weird wolf.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hah, wolves are too cliché for me to desire painting them all that often. =p
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ComradeTwitch Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Is. Awesome. Love the fluffy badger tail.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hah, thanks, although I could do a lot better now; this is oooold.... =p
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numbskulled00 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey-try one with a weasal,their even meaner than badgers.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I do need to do a weasel painting sometimes, I like them a lot. :nod:
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numbskulled00 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
like them because their such mean asses? they would be great to do in some robben the chicken coop scene- all desastrous and bloody. yea that actually sounds pretty cool
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Maybe... :iconhurrplz: Iunno what idea to specifically do yet, but John Howe did some pretty impressive weasel paintings once. [link]
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numbskulled00 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I checked it out, not as impressive as your work-atleast that's what I think.you can do a waaayyy better evil weasil
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Not as impressive? The man's a genius, and was one of the head concept artists on the Lord of the Rings films. I'm not quite as prestigious as that yet. ;)
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numbskulled00 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see your a die-hard fan of his. well his other stuff may be the bomb,but I just didn't see it in that particular piece. Not the same attention to details and quality that your work seems to have.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You could say that without inaccuracy. Really? I love that piece; the details of the costume, the perfect composition, the gorgeous landscape in the background... it all comes together really well. :B
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numbskulled00 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Daaammm!I think you deffenitly made it in the graphic anbd unpleasantly violent section on this one. It looks like he's having more of a moment where he's indulging in his success with what he's done-reveling in it. Like he's in a sorta discussion about it with hisself almost. the details are crazy. I don't know about anyone else, but I like it and I think it's even cooler that you chose a badger-those suckers are mean as Hell.Fits the bill. This is awsome,awsome work!!!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's an interesting interpretation indeed, he could be doing that.... :nod: I didn't really choose the badger though, the tale I was illustrating chose him for me. =p
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numbskulled00 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well that's crazy? why of all animals a badger?it's not like a wolf,feirce and tuff. don't get me wrong they have a bad temper on them,but usually no one knows that unless they've read anything about badgers or watch the Discover chanel.that's like doing a grusomly mad display put on by a kuala-OH NO its the MAD KUALA..he's come to feed on the intrails of your ficus plant and he's not leaving....sorry got carried away
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's Japanese, so there's obviously some element of symbolism to it. In truth, both badgers and koalas have vicious tempers on them. I believe more tourists in Australia are hurt by koalas than by anything else.
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numbskulled00 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought that was a Dingo because there forever getting into peoples garbage over there and eating up thier garden stuff. my point,though meant to be both humorous and exagorated,was that the characteristics of those animals dont campare to the fiercness of that of say a Lion or Wolf. I mean come on try putten them in a fight against one another. badger v' Wolf? don't think so.Just seemed far fetch to me-what the H does a badger hafta do with Japan?
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It could be; I don't know all that much about Australia.... This is true, but the symbolism of ancient Japanese fables was somewhat esoteric, on common with a lot of old folktales. There is other symbolism at work too, as the badger meant to be cowardly and sneaky and other things too, wheras lions (which the Japenese wouldn't have know about at the time the fable was written) and wolves tend to have more positive attributes. Badgers are actually native to Japan; they have a very wide distribution. ;)
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numbskulled00 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well your just an ethra of knowledge aren't you!a walking Encylopedia as well as a Grand Artist-very chic. I like that.
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ExtraMedicationNowXD Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think these resubmitions look more crisp, but as I say, without a side to side comparision it's hard to say.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Will Lilyflower be satisfied if I submit a scrap showing an original submission next to a new one? :P
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ExtraMedicationNowXD Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do it. Makes sure in the comment you link the new one.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I shall. =p
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ExtraMedicationNowXD Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oks.
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sephirothviipsx Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
Wonderfully disturbing...and I like that you decided to make a dark fairy tale...everyone always wants a happy ending :evillaugh:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I didn't decide, college did. . . But it was a good idea nonetheless. :B

Thanks. :hug:
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FixMeKnow Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
You did such a wonderful job!
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :glomp:

For this terms project I'm gonna go even darker than this. :bucktooth:
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Benjieguy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
I don't see why something like this isn't more popular, it's pretty bad ass.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you. :hug:

I'm not very proactive on here outside the forums at present, I'll rectify that soon though. :bucktooth:
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NJWx Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Yeo! Badger revolution! Spendid gore AND educational. Feckin farmers and their anti badger ideals.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wai thank-you, I do like my gore. :bucktooth:

Anti-Badger ideals indeed. :iconshakestickplz:
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EndGaame Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
I like the way you think here...very nice set.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you. :nod:
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EndGaame Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Yup, and I'm about to go favorite your new one...
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconhappylarryplz:
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Thebuild Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Very macabre, I like the fact you've left out the pupil from the badger, makes it seem more monsterous.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm not too sure about the pupil-less decision myself. . . I just knew it'd be a cheesy but effective way of making Mr. Badger seem momentarily unhinged. :bucktooth:

:hug:
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008   Writer
Gruesome indeed, but very well done. :nod:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :hug:
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009   Writer
You're welcome! :D
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Arum1966 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
She got what she had coming to her. I like dark fairy tales especially when the animal or underdog from the story wins. Your painting style is awesome and very recognizable.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's interesting that in the story the badger is made out very obviously to be the bad guy but with my illustrations people are sympathising with him. . . this was intentional on my part; I wanted to make it more ambiguous, so everyone is just as evil as each other. :bucktooth:

Thanks again buddy. :iconlovehug:
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video-massacre Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
Thank you for the nightmares! :w00t:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :iconpringlesplz:
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tremault5 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I disagree with your choice to give him pupil-less eyes.
it doesn't fit with your style of work imo. you have always been so thoughtful in your work and to remove his pupils seems a bit cliché.
if you have left his eyes as they were before it would make this scene ever more potent, since this is showing the true evil, he can look like as cute and harmless as anything, but he is stil vicious, to change his eyes suggests that he is no longer the same, like he is no longer responsible. like perhaps he has been posessed.
it casts a different light on the ruse, and makes it [link] seem to be such a hideous ruse. it make him somewhat misunderstood, a creature to be pitied rather than a true monster.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, thank-you for being honest. :hug:

I thought it a mite cliched myself, but I didn't have time to think of sonething origninal that'd be as effective. . . :hmm:

I was aiming to make him look somewhat derranged though.
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