This piece has such a great story. I had participated in three Draw A Dot open calls and never been chosen as a finalist. I was getting discouraged. When this open call for the Mary Katranzou SS2018 collection came along, I was about to give up. The clothes were so colorful and intricately patterned, Draw A Dot called it a fairytale collection. That gave me the inspiration to look up fairytales I had grown up loving.
I came across the story of Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson and knew it had to be the story I chose to tell with my illustration. Thumbelina is a girl the size of your thumb whose mother prayed to the fairies to be granted a daughter. The fairies granted her wish and she received a tiny, perfect girl. Thumbelina was so beautiful a mother toad decided to steal her away as a bride for her son. She imprisoned her on a lily pad, but the fish and butterfly took pity on her. The fish nibbled away the roots of the lily pad and the butterfly pulled her down the stream to escape. Thumbelina had many more adventures, but she eventually made her way to the land of fairies and married the fairy prince!
I almost didn’t make the submission deadline for the Draw A Dot open call because I had gotten the dates wrong. The night before it was due, I had finished the drawing but not started the painting. I thought I would never finish in time, and I thought to myself, no one would care. But I had posted the pencil drawing in my Instagram stories with the circumstances, and one follower commented, “it’s such a pretty drawing, it would be a shame not to finish it.” That was enough to make me stay up the entire night and all of the next day to finish, just in time. And it was the first time I was chosen as an open call finalist by Draw A Dot. That one message changed my life. It opened the door to where I am as an artist today. I’m still friends with the sender of that message, who is now a successful illustrator in her own right. I will forever be grateful to her.
This piece would be lovely in a girl’s nursery, as well as the bedroom of any girl or woman who loves romance and fairytales.
Illustration by Sandra Hsu
Limited to 25 prints
• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Size: 20 inch (h) x 16 inch (w)
• Paper weight: 5.57 oz/y² (189 g/m²)
• Giclée printing quality
• Binder clips not included
Available until July 31, 2021 or sold out before the date.