I'm just starting to work on an illustration for 'The Rose-Elf', a short story by Hans Andersen. I've been reading a collection of his fairy tales and I find the quality of Andersen's work varies a lot; some stories are genius, some are baffling, and one was so boring I actually skipped it.
But 'The Rose-Elf' is a the story of a quiet revenge reeked by some conspiring jasmine flowers and a rose-elf on a cold-hearted murderer. It's a good'un.
A disembodied skull features in the tale; and anything with skulls and flowers together quite tickles my fancy, so it inspired me to have a bash at an illustration.
The following are my first sketchbook pages dedicated to the matter...
First with pen & ink