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The Girl Without Hands by SeraphimKiss88 The Girl Without Hands by SeraphimKiss88
This is my first concentration piece for AP Art (my concentration: fairy tales). It's based on the Grimm version of The Girl Without Hands, which you can read here with annotations: [link]

One of the annotated notes gave me the inspiration for this picture.

Large apple tree: According to Frazer, in Germany and other parts of Europe there was a tradition of planting a tree at the birth of a child, the growth of the tree representing the growth of the child (682). The tree was "tended with special care" (682). In the story, the father does not show this special care for he is willing to trade the tree so quickly. In Switzerland, a pear tree was planted for a girl, an apple tree for a boy (Frazer 682) "and the people think that the child is then believed to grow with the tree" (Frazer 682).

That's why two branches on the tree appear to have been hacked off and are bleeding--they parallel the girl's arms/hands. My corny attempt at adding a "hidden meaning" to the picture. ;P

The feathery thing over the girl is really bothering me because it doesn't look like what it's supposed to look like. Can you tell what it is?

Medium: Prismacolor pencils
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:iconmijelly:
mijelly Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
...are they wings?
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Yeah, they're supposed to be angel wings.
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mijelly Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Great! I guessed correctly! I thought they were either wings or tree branches (like the ones cut off the tree next to her).

The Girl Without Hands is a sad story. She waited that long for him...
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
But at least it had a happy ending. :aww:
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mijelly Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
Yay for faith and happy endings!
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ShadowFalcon89 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
uh.. what is it? the feather thingy :O
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
It's supposed to be angel wings.
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ShadowFalcon89 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
oh :O okay ^_^
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Phoenix789 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
that's simply beautiful.
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
Thanks! :aww:
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OibyrdsDDs Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
Hi there! :wave: your work has been featured here --> [link]
plz shoot me a note if you'd rather not be a feature :) I apologize for the cut-and-paste message - all a part of time management ;) Keep up the great work! :clap::trophy:
~Sandi
aka ^oibyrd
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
Oh wow, thank you so much! :D
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dreamshards8 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Student Writer
Amazing work
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
Thanks! :)
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TarpanBeadworks Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Is it supposed to be... a wing?
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
Slightly more specific: an angel wing. :) (Which it doesn't look at all like...)
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BetrayedAnguish Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Student General Artist
I thought it was an angel wing at first-sight, thank-you-very-much. :P

I absolutely LOVE this piece. <333
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007
Aaaw, thankies! :D I'm glad someone could tell what it was supposed to be.
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BetrayedAnguish Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Student General Artist
^^ Yay! :3
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letitgobefree88 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You definetly have a way...keep at it.
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
Thank you. :D
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s-blue-faerie Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Student General Artist
Great use of Colours :D and i love ur avatar :D
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
Thank you! :aww:

Heehee, everyone loves Helga. :)
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IsisConstantine Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
Thats very awesome!! Great job!! :D
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
Thanks! :aww:
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IsisConstantine Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
Welcomes!:D
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PhantomWolf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007
Wow, that's amazing. Nicely done!
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007
Thank you!! :aww:
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ShotzgoBoom Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007  Student Filmographer
that is so awesome! great job! :D
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007
Thank you! :D
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ShotzgoBoom Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007  Student Filmographer
you're welcoem "D
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