Taken from Aesop’s Fables, the actual title is “The Hungry Wolf and the Mother” or the “Wolf and the Nursemaid.”

In the story, the wolf overhears a mother inside the house, scolding her child and threatening “If you’re not quiet, I’ll throw you to the hungry wolf outside!”

The wolf waits around the whole rest of the day and into the night, expecting a tasty meal. But by bedtime, he hears the mother soothing her child to sleep saying “If that mean wolf comes around, we’ll kill him!” So the wolf went home hungry, disgusted with himself and lamenting that he was foolish enough to believe her in the first place.

Came in third place in the Finks of Inks challenge Creepy — thanks for voting!

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


aesop fable, doll, ftsanimals, ink, ominous, scary, story, tale, wolf

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

View Full Profile


  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you for the feature!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • colorblind
    colorblindalmost 5 years ago

  • Poisonlolly
    Poisonlollyalmost 5 years ago

    i really like it! well represent of the fable! marvelous work!

  • John Dicandia  ( JinnDoW )
    John Dicandia ...almost 5 years ago

    Your work is truly amazing. Reminiscent of late 19th and early 20th century Illustration.:))

  • Thanks so much, John! What can I say, I’m a sucker for those old engravings and woodcuts. :)

    – Stephanie Smith

  • fesseldreg
    fesseldregalmost 5 years ago

    Marvelous look on that wolf’s face and I love his stance! (Feel quite sorry for the poor skinny thing!) Fabulous illustration! :)

  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadabout 4 years ago

    I learn from you every time I look at your work.

  • That’s one of the nicest things that’s ever been said to me, thank you Mark!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 4 years ago

    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

    (your vote is needed here !)

  • Thanks so much Francis!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 4 years ago

    enchanting work

  • Thank you!!!!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 3 years ago

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait