Aesop’s Fables Series
A truly brilliant concept, and such a beautiful and memorable way to represent these timeless fables. It’s simple storytelling at its finest. My favorite piece in the gallery.View Edition Thirteen
This is a series of four illustrations I designed to pay tribute to Aesop’s Fables. Each animal features a moral from four of my favorite fables.
The mouse features the moral from The Lion and the Mouse, “No Act of Kindness is Ever Wasted.” In this fable, a lion threatens to kill a mouse that wakes him from sleep. The mouse begs forgiveness and promises to return the lion’s favor if released. Humored, the lion sets the mouse free. Later, the lion is netted by hunters. Hearing it roaring, the mouse remembers the lion’s mercy and frees the lion by gnawing through the ropes.
The crow features the moral from The Crow and the Pitcher, “Little by Little Does the Trick.” The story concerns a thirsty crow that comes upon a pitcher with water at the bottom, beyond the reach of its beak. After failing to push it over, the bird drops in pebbles one by one until the water rises to the top of the pitcher, allowing it to drink.
The chicken features the moral from the The Milkmaid and her Pail, “Don’t Count Your Chickens Before they Hatch.” The story tells a milkmaid on the way to market who starts to speculate on the consequences of investing the sale of her wares in eggs and breeding chickens from them. As she daydreams, she unbalances her pitcher of milk from her head and spills the milk she intended to sell.
The tortoise features the moral from The Tortoise and the Hare, “Slow and Steady Wins the Race.” The story concerns a hare who ridicules a slow-moving tortoise and is challenged by the tortoise to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, takes a nap midway through the course. When the Hare awakes however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him.
Digitally designed and printed by Red Flower Letterpress on an antique Vandercook printing press using photopolymer plates and custom mixed inks. Print can be cut into four individual prints an wrapped with a letterpress printed belly-band or with all four images on one sheet of paper.
|Category||Other||Inks||Brayden Sutphin and Van Son|
|Paper||Other||Production||Photopolymer Plates on a Boxcar Base- Printed using a Vandercook 4t|
|Paper Weight||100 lb||Printer||Red Flower Letterpress|
|Paper Color||Cougar Natural||Artist/Agency||Kelly Shields/ Red Flower Letterpress|