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Donkeyskin - Colored by secondlina Donkeyskin - Colored by secondlina
Uncolored lineart can be found HERE : [link]

Donkeyskin (French: Peau d'Âne) is a French fairy tale told by Charles Perrault.

A king had a beautiful wife and a rich castle, including a marvelous donkey whose droppings were gold. One day his wife died, after making him promise not to marry except to a woman whose beauty and attributes equaled hers. The king grieved, but was, in time, persuaded to seek another wife. It became clear that the only woman who would fit the promise was his own daughter.

She went to her fairy godmother who advised her to make impossible demands as a condition of her consent: a dress the color of the sky, a dress the color of the moon, a dress as bright as the sun, and finally, the hide of his marvelous donkey. Such was the king's desire to marry her that he granted all of them. The fairy godmother gave her a marvelous chest to contain all she owned and told her that the donkeyskin would make an excellent disguise.

The princess fled and eventually found a royal farm where they let her work in the kitchen, despite her ugliness in the donkeyskin. On feast days, she would dress herself in the fine gowns her father had given her, and one such day, the prince came by her room and peeped through the keyhole. He fell in love at once, fell ill with his longing, and declared that nothing would cure him but a cake baked by Donkeyskin, and nothing they could say of what a dirty creature she was dissuaded him.

When Donkeyskin baked the cake, a ring of hers fell in it. The prince found it and declared that he would marry only the woman whose finger it fit. Every other woman having failed, he insisted that Donkeyskin try, and it fit. When she had dressed herself in her fine gowns, his parents were reconciled with the match. Donkey-skin later found that her father had remarried to a beautiful widow and everyone lived happily ever after.
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Kagzchan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Wow! This was my favorite story as a little girl. And your illustration from it is gorgeous! 
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secondlina Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Thanks!
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aita92 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used to love that tail when I was a little girl *_* amazing work!
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secondlina Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Thanks! It's such a good story.
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aita92 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no prob :heart:
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NAN-EE Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
this story ; u ;
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ZariaLaRue Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Ah, I saw a movie for this.. you can watch parts of it on youtube.
It is quite an interesting tale, I live how you drew the dresses in the picture!
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secondlina Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
I figured the best way for her to carry them was to wear them in layers.
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KuriosiT-kat Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
illustre plus de contes!!!!! >w<
J'ai lu une autre version de cette conte (ou une similaire)... mais je ne me rappelle pas du debut mais au lieu que ca soit le pere qui a offert les robe c'est le prince... et cest quand il a termine les 3 robes qu'il a pu lui marrier... je ne sais plus trop mais bon
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Si tu la retrouve un jour, laisse-moi savoir, ça a l'air cool!
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