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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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KuriosiT-kat Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Je vais essayer de le trouver... ca n'aide pas que je ne m'en rappelle plus du titre.... peut etre ma mere s'en souviendra....
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tunanana Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Ahhh this is one of my favourite fairy tales! This is gorgeous.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Thanks! There's not many images of this tale, so I figured I should get one done.
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Lweeling Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Superbe illustration de la fuite de Peau d’Âne, j'aime beaucoup la lumière. =)
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Merci! :D
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
I know of an Italian one, where there are no dresses, and the princess simply runs off with a stick given to her by an old woman who does her makeup. Whenever she puts the stick in her mouth, she becomes a bear.

This is a good tale--although the version I've always heard simply had the father attend her wedding and gained her forgiveness. He never remarried.

I love how all three dresses are under her donkeyskin.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
So the common aspect between both tales is the ring thing?
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Actually, the common aspect is that the king promises to only remarry if the woman is even more beautiful than his wife--who died. He decides to marry his daughter--much to her disgust.
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Lady-Sanctuary Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Writer
It's a wonderful drawing and illustration of a great and under rated kids story :)
Well done!
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akuma-neko Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I have a book from when I was a kid that has a very similar story to that! It's called "Princess Furball". Only it was an ogre her father wanted her to marry in exchange for lots of gold. So she demands 3 dresses (one as bright as the sun, the moon and the stars) and fine enough to fit into walnut shells, and a fur coat made of a thousand different kinds of fur (instead of a donkey skin). The rest is about the same. I always loved it, 'cause the princess in it wasn't useless, and just waiting around for a prince to rescue her.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I,ll have to check out this version! :D
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FrostedSwitchblade Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
The detail you put into your pieces never fails to amaze me.
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:iconsecondlina:
secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Hahaha, this one took extra-long, but it really came out great.
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lamprays Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student
this story was a dictation of ours in primary school, except in french. the picture fits the story so well (:
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thanks!
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lamarce Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Le film avec Catherine Deneuve est trop drôle.

Excellente idée de dessiner les robes comme ça!
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Merci! :D Je pensait que les layers ça serait cool.
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Asatira Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely piece. Not a story that gets much artwork, for obvious reasons. (If you want a gorgeously written and told, but not dodging on the actual implications, you might want to check out McKinley's "Deerskin", if you haven't already)
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Oh, I will! Thank you!
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elephantblue Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very similar to a (I think) German folktale called Sapsorrow. Have you ever seen Jim Henson's Storyteller series? It was in that, and it was gorgeous. You'd love the whole series, it's right up your alley.

This is great! Beautiful and macabre.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
I haven't seen Jim Henson's Storyteller series, but people keep telling me about then (including this one friend that really likes to push her DVDs under my nose) so I think my ultimate faith will be to watch then soon *laughs*
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Mairelyn Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was just going to comment about that!

and in fact I found it on youtube:
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speckledbat Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Ooh, I was unaware of the different versions of Furrypelts. (It's more or less the same story, the only differences being that the princess asked for a cloak made of every animal skin in the kingdom, and that she purposefully dropped the ring in the food.)
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Yeah, it's essentially the same. I heard Donkeyskin more as a kid since it was the "French" version. But I love Furrypelts too (if only because drawing that would rooock)
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Athenas-Owl Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how you layered the dresses!
This story's a little different from the version I know...
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:iconsecondlina:
secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
There's a couple of versions floating around.
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Athenas-Owl Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I've seen at least one where the king ends up marrying the fairy-godmother.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
That would be interesting...
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Athenas-Owl Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that's one way to describe it.
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Naoru Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the flow and movement in this image :) When I have the time I'll have to read through the story too (I'm a slow reader!) I'm always a fan of hearing folk/fairy tales <3
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
They are quite fun to tell :D
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FlockofFlamingos Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love those old fairytales! <3 And this picture is awesome. ^^
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thanks! I love them too!
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eternalpuppy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
:D I love that story!!!
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Me too!
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vieveila Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Daaamn, why are you so amazing? D; I love your line-work. This really look like it was taken directly from an old storybook. <333
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
It was. I'm a magical time traveler :D

naw just kidding.
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vieveila Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
:D
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Miss-Dutch Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I know the fairy tale
Beautiful picture
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thanks!
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