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Fairy Tale Endings by scarlet-dragonchild Fairy Tale Endings by scarlet-dragonchild
The end begins with the knight
Who falls beneath his own banner and sword
Betrayed by gilded Gods and false chivalry

The princess with the heart of gold,
breaks her own heart and becomes a sacrifice
For she had spent her life above the sacrifices of others

The wise, all-knowing wizard
Finds himself on the other end of the puppeteer's thread
As stray threads always, always do come and wind itself back

And the dark, wounded hero
Impales himself on the edge of his blade
For amongst all the beasts he fought, he could not slay the one within himself

Thus the story ends
As each fails to find and slay the evils outside, and find ones inside instead
For this time we stay in our confines and merely watch
And live happily ever after, for a change


Watercolors on A4 paper
Border stock from ~GeneralVyse

A quick work stemming from stolen doodles while studying for my much-dreaded Gmat test ^^; Hope you enjoy :)
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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GenkiPuck42 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
So dark... but I love the sweet little smile on the witch's face as she reads the "happy" fairytale to her imps!
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Ymiren Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
If only the story would rhyme...
Art is great thou, good job! 
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Beltizar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dark. I like it.
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
This is a lot closer to the originals than you might think.
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almostafaegodmother Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely, the work and the poetry both, thank you so much for sharing.
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Kiremoonchild Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE it ! About time the hero didn't always win. LOL sounds like something the Grimm Brothers would do
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zoedow1120 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Amazing. Deep and dark, yet meaningful
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pxuan6 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Really good! Love this! :D
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Veronica-Art Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Tolkien, Shakespeare, Rowling and George Martin would agree :heart;
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Reymicx Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I just absolutely love this isn't the typical happily ever after with rainbows and the princess and princess get married, and the animals sing! and that this has a dark and twisted ending that is far more interesting and wonderful writing to the story in the artist comment!! :heart::heart:
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Dysgyzed Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
I so very wish you had prints for sale of this piece.
Perhaps you do? That would make me happy!
Please tell me how to order this?
*Thank you!* LOVE IT!
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TrevaSteele Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
It touched my heart.
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hoblinlord Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
you have put words to things i think in a way i could never have
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GabrielEvans Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the style. It's so unique!
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L-Sparrow Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's funny because it is both macabre is so warm.
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CardboardIndia Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
I love the mixture of dark and play in this piece. Some objects are comforting and then you see darker pieces lurking in the corner.
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BritLawrence Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Absolutely love it <3
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melancholiaimaginati Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Insanely inspiring, beautifully painted. Thank you for being another who focus on 'traditional art' amidst a digital (though wonderful) world.
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dittobug Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Reminds me of the pictures that go along with old fairy tales...you know, the real ones. Beautifully done.
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morfeoink Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
I really like this. It has a certain haunting sadness to It. Excellent work.
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belial1980 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Nice!
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vampiichan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
I love your Watercolor styles :D Fave~
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Valentina-Mustajarvi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Adorable!
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onenietzsche Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
OMG, This is really awesome ! How could you ? it really fulfill my fantasy.
may i keep it ? Thank you very much, terima kasih. Aje gile
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graceeverywhere Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*slowly falls into depression and realizes the end of childhood innocence*
this isn't a Disney fairytale
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Yes, this is how most of the canon fairly tales do end! Not always a happily ever after! Lovely and original work! :heart:
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oOvorpalaliceOo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful!!!
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Basmah999 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
wow,, wonderful!
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QriousGirl Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love, love, LOVE it!
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Random-Nessie Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
The foreground on the stage is so...malevolent, and the scenes behind it are so tragic. Great job!
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Christa-Kinde Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011   Writer
So true!
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AllyEdFrown Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
your technique with watercolors is amazing! just loving it
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Papercolour Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very funny!
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Anmaril Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
you did a wonderfull job here, great colours and idea! :+fav:
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Yorukamiko-sama Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Are those the stories you made up or there is a book or a page where one can read them? I would really enjoy reading these. Inspired by the quote about the hero who fought the beast around him, but not inside him, I wrote a bedtime story for my girlfriend. Unfortunately - in Polish...
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cycladic Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
how deliciously dark
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strawberrygina Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Tragic and beautiful. I think you've captured the idea wonderfully!
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wingsywingsy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
This is really amazing. It's so tragic, but the stories intrigue me.
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LePsychoKayBird Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Amazing. Beautiful. And so very true. Happily-ever-afters sadly don't exists, and in most of the old fairy tales, the stories end tragically. It's not a Disney world after all. Amazing job! Love the goblins surrounding the girl, they're adorable!
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MaliciousDreamer Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010   Writer
This is just utterly fantastic
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anakalivas Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010   General Artist
:wow:oh wow, this is stunning!! amazing concept, colors and details.. and chilling atmosphere too! fantastic piece!:clap:
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CastlevaniaKat2 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student
It is so tragic, but so beautiful.. It's truly a gloomy yet breath-taking representation of the chaotic world.
I am amazed by the beauty!!~ <3
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thefuguestate Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I love your picture. I featured it in my journal here [link] :)
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SalatrixParvissima Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
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esperith Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
This is lovely, so haunting and sad. The verses are very lyrical and tragic and make the illustration that much more poignant.
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Nickillus Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I like this - very nice indeed.
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lotusbiru Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
pake cat air kah??
whoaa...emang kemampuannya amazing bisa sebagus ini....huhuhu..
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Pochithedog Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
kapaan aku stress iso gambar ngene
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Pochithedog Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
alamak.... apik e.....
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