The Grimm's tale has Hans leaving his father's house and taking with him three things: a saddle for his rooster and a set of bagpipes, both gifted from his father, and a bunch of pigs. He takes them into the forest, where he tames the pigs with his music and the herd grows so large that eventually it overtakes the forest. But the story turns at this point with the addition of a wayward king. In the story, Hans-My-Hedgehog meets two: one who is deceitful, the other who is true to his word. Hans eventually punishes the first king for his lies and rewards the second, marrying his daughter and shedding his skin of quills.
This is the last of the series I'll be making for my color portfolio.
"King of the Forest" Copyright 2015 Jessica Boehman. Colored pencil, pencil, and gouache. Please do not reproduce without permission.
Hans-My-Hedgehog Illustrations is the name of Jessica Boehman's blog and illustration shop. It is named after her favorite fairy tale about a hedgehog boy who becomes king of the forest. All other pages redirect to: