from Aesop’s Fables:

A Crow, half-dead with thirst, spied a pitcher and flew to it in joy. But when he arrived, he discovered that only very little water was left in it, and he could not reach far enough down to get at it. He tried evrything he could think of to reach the water, but all his efforts were in vain. Then a thought came to him and he took a pebble and dropped it into the pitcher. he collected as many pebbles as he cold find and dropped them one by one into the pitcher, until the water gradually rose to the brim and he was able to quench his thirst and save his life. Moral: Necessity is the mother of invention.

Ink drawing with digital color, 2006. One of my favorites from this series! See more at my oline porfolio

This image is one of many story images of birds and animals featured in my calendar Legendary Tales: Myths and Legends


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Stephanie Smith is an illustrator and graphic designer who loves to draw.

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  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful work x

  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldalmost 6 years ago

    Great work !

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 5 years ago


  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonover 5 years ago

    i love your art, stephanie…

  • Stephanie Smith
    Stephanie Smithover 5 years ago

    Thank you so much!

  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralover 5 years ago

    Amazing detailed illustrations, just beautiful!!!!!

  • fesseldreg
    fesseldregover 5 years ago


  • Stephanie Smith
    Stephanie Smithover 5 years ago

    Thank you all!

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 5 years ago

    Aesop’s fables are fantastic! All those sayings we use, and from a Greek, so long ago!
    Superb drawing and clever digital work again, Stephanie.

    An interesting one to draw would be, ‘Pride before a fall’.

  • Thanks Colin! It always surprises me just a little how contemporary those fables still are, even in the older translations — some things about human behavior just never change, I guess!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • linskudd
    linskuddover 5 years ago

    Great work.

  • Thanks, Lindsay!

    – Stephanie Smith

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