Swan girl from The Children of Lir by Danielle Bain

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I was asked to draw a swan for a good friend of mine and for three days at work I was consumed with the idea of a swan girl.

Each day I drew one of these swan girls and each one appeared distinct from the other and seemed to possess its own sentiment.

This swan girl reminds me of the irish fairytale/legend, The Children of Lir, in which a stepmother, jealous of the childrens love for one another were changed into swans for 900 years. When finally the spell was broken the swans were transformed into withered old people.
Whether the children enjoyed their time as swans I’m not sure, but loosing childhood seems tragic, hence the rather sad swan girl.


  • ShellzArt
    ShellzArtover 6 years ago

    I enjoy seeing good ole fashioned hand drawing, especially when it’s simple B&W and almost folkloric in style. I like thee soft realism of her face contrasted against the simpler rendering of her body with minimum details. Just a hint of texture of feathers. Well done.

    There seems to be a long tradition of swam mythology, especially in Nordic and Russian Fairy Tales, hence Swan Lake and stories like the Ugly Duckling. I’m not familiar with this particular tale, but it does sound very sad and somehow very typically Irish. I will have to google it and see if I can find the story. I love mythology and the Jungian archetypes found within it. It is often the subject matter of my own work and why I joined this group.

    Thank you for sharing and keep drawing great pics like this.


  • Thank you for for taking the time to post an in depth comment.
    Its nice to go back to simple pencil illustration, often the image can evolve more freely and intuitively in pencil.
    Folklore and fairytales are the most fun to explore, I enjoy finding the hidden meaning within the tale or changing the interpretation and creating something new from something old.

    – Danielle Bain

  • udonchow
    udonchowover 6 years ago

    This piece has much sensitivity, I love it Danielle! :D

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