from Aesop’s Fables

A Rooster was scratching the ground in a farmyard in search of food for himself and his hens, when he happened to turn up a precious stone. “You may be a treasure to your proper owner,” he said, “but for me I would rather have a single barley corn than all the jewels in the world.” Moral: The value of an object is in the eye of the beholder.

Ink drawing with digital color, 2006, part of a series

This image has been in the top ten of a challenge for colored art in the Finks of Inks group — thanks everyone!

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

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

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  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 6 years ago

    Marvellous- I love the twinkle on the jewel x

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonalmost 6 years ago

    your illustrations are just amazingly beautiful…
    i admire your art…

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 6 years ago

    There is a challenge running in Rural Around The Globe that you might be interested in. Remember to add it to the group too. Congratulations on home page featured. BigD

  • Thanks for the tip — looks like I missed the challenge, but I’ll be keeping an eye out!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • DonnaProctor
    DonnaProctoralmost 6 years ago

    Jewels does not equal wealth… that is the great pearl of price and true. Colors, strokes and the hens who “wish” are all priceless.

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful work!!

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLalmost 6 years ago

    wow amazing, congrats

  • xairoise
    xairoisealmost 6 years ago

    amazing artwork! I love the details!

  • Elva
    Elvaalmost 6 years ago

    I love your interpretation, great drawing :)

  • Stephanie Smith
    Stephanie Smithalmost 6 years ago

    Thank you all! This is a wonderful surprise… guess I’d better start adding more work, huh? :)

  • brettisagirl
    brettisagirlalmost 6 years ago

    what a fine looking rooster!

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