Sorry, my text on this one is in frenchmy english skill was too low to translate it ... 
If you want to help the raw text is here : chaperon-rouge.html 
here is also a 'google translate' link if you want to read it 






A personnal project of illustrating an early version of the Little Red Riding Hood , told by French peasants since the 10th century, featuring cannibalism, blood, nudity and vulgar words ... A surprising version.
So
I decided to sample this old oral tradition version named commonly 'version of the Nivernais'  with modernised version from Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm ( 1812 ) and Charles Perrault ( 1698 ).

To quote english Wikipedia page about older versions :  "The wolf usually leaves the grandmother’s blood and meat for the girl to eat, who then unwittingly cannibalizes her own grandmother. Furthermore, the wolf was also known to ask her to remove her clothing and toss it into the fire. In some versions, the wolf eats the girl after she gets into bed with him, and the story ends there."

About the making of it ; my challenge during last christmass holidays was to get done a project 'unplugged' : with only a ballpen and a sketchbook ,  to take holliday far from computer. It was really pleasant. Digital coloring and painting were done later in Krita as well as text in Scribus on Linux Mint KDE 14.






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16 comments

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1. santiago wednesday 20 february 2013, 09:17

wooowww this is EXCELLENT !!!!

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2. artbottle wednesday 20 february 2013, 09:29

This is VERY impressive!!!
But as a child this excellent dark and menacing atmosphere of the illustrations would frighten me, I think. ;)

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3. Brett W. McCoy wednesday 20 february 2013, 14:31

I like your naked and bloody Red Riding Hood. I wonder what she & the wolf were *really* doing in that bed...

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4. Luc Stepniewski wednesday 20 february 2013, 15:11

Really nice!
There is a typo on the last page, it should not be "la pense bien remplie", but "la panse bien remplie".

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5. Flem wednesday 20 february 2013, 19:41

Très joli travail David, merci ! :D

Les péripéties de la version ancienne sont nettement plus gore que ce à quoi l'on est généralement habitués !

À noter pour atteindre le nirvana : en plus de la "pense" à deux endroits, "va-et-vient" est invariable et quelques virgules se retrouvent avec des espaces qui les précèdent. Broutilles ;)

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6. sage wednesday 20 february 2013, 20:42

J'aimerais être capable de ce niveau de perfection sur des illustrations.

Par contre, je suis déçu qu'il ni bobinette, ni chevillette qui ait chu dans cette version.

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7. lewatoto thursday 21 february 2013, 04:21

wow good job, see the work of talented artists like yours inspire me to keep practicing for a day soon get to do this level of work. :D

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8. lecouin thursday 21 february 2013, 12:09

hehe encore un travail de qualité :)

gore et sexy, que demander de plus :P

vu la tournure du texte j'aurai bien vu "fin" avec du sang ^^

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9. Ramon Miranda friday 22 february 2013, 12:20

IMpressive!! and very surprising seeing you painting something like this. about the layout is very good how you are distributed the spaces and text. Thanks to share the little thumbs and studies.
Only an opinion .The girl doesn´t look the same in some frames. when she scream i see her a bit different maybe the face is too streched?. only a note

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10. Cyril monday 25 february 2013, 17:30

Vraiment magnifique travail bravo David!
Tes dessins sur carnets sont tellement nets, sans ratures que tu fais des jaloux!!! :rolleyes:

On redécouvre cette histoire, merci.

11. David REVOY tuesday 26 february 2013, 02:22

@All : Thanks !
updated a corrected version. Big thanks to Sylvie ;)

@Brett W. McCoy : :D !

@Luc Stepniewski @Flem : : Thx; I also get a lot of replies and help about typos; all is normally fixed now.

@sage : Merci, pour 'bobinette, ni chevillette qui ait chu' ce fût un choix de modernisé l'expression qui me semblait difficile à comprendre à notre époque.

@lewatoto : Thx , good luck on your practising.

@lecouin : ;)

@Ramon Miranda : Thx; yes about the girl, all base drawings were done ballpen almost without pencil, directly ; and this is fast, but also leave a lot of anatomy and facial problems. I tried to fix them with coloring, but my skill (and patience) had reached limit on it ^ ^ A good lesson to polish my drawing prior to colorize for the next one.

@Cyril : Merci pour le commentaire sur mes sketch au stylo bille dans le carnet de croquis :)

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12. Cyril tuesday 26 february 2013, 11:10

Je suis curieux quand tu mets "Digital coloring and painting": Tu as réalisé des scans de tes croquis que tu as coloré ? ou bien tu as directement dessinné en numérique ?

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13. Cyril tuesday 26 february 2013, 12:55

Visiblement tu as l'air d'avoir scanné + retouche numérique + coloré :)

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14. annuaire web friday 08 march 2013, 23:06

Excellent; Dès le début je trouvais le petit chaperon bien sexy. Je n'avais pas les idées tant mal placées que ça après tout :p

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15. Victor F. Oliveira wednesday 13 march 2013, 00:33

Thank you, David! Your works have been really useful and inspiring for me since I started using Linux and FLOSS. I plan to make my own illustrated eBooks to share on the internet, now I have a clue on how to start. Merci!

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16. Mick wednesday 08 may 2013, 14:34

A homage to Yoshitoshi Abe? ;)

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