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the Tale of Red Ridin' Hood : barbarum successit civilitas.
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Artwork Details :
     Artists Description and comments relating to characters and concepts.

Client : VerSache the Barbarian comic book ( in association with Ian Versace.)
Medium :
Pen Sketch (on Cartridge) 20cm by 28cm : Still a work in progress.
Character Design :
VerSache the Barbarian's Mother, being the origin of later legends and tales pertaining to Red Riding Hood. Coloured and Enhanced in Adobe Photoshop 2006 a.d.

Additional notes :

For the famous Fairy tale, 'Le Petit chaperon rouge' (little Red Riding Hood--The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault ) Charles Perrault adapted a traditional story, in which a little girl takes food and drink to her grandmother and meets a wolf. It is likely he set aside aspects which struck him as crude but which survived in later retellings:

There are many interpretations of the classic fairy tale, many of them sexua lin nature. Four are listed below.

Moon/Sun myth :

Little Red Riding Hood may be an ancient story relating to wolf-clan traditions. The tale includes all the details of the myth: the red garment, the offering of food to a grandmother in the deep woods, a grandmother who wore a wolf skin, and the cannibalistic motif of devouring and resurrection. The story's original victim would not have been the red-clad Virgin but the hunter, as Lord of the Hunt. Other  early interpretors saw the tale as a solar myth, with the wolf (the terror of the night) swallowing the sun (Little Red Riding Hood).

Redemption :

There is a social-class element in the later stories.  Zipes suggests that the red cap (chaperon) signified the village girl's nonconformity, in that such caps were worn by the aristocracy and middle classes, not the peasantry. Thus, she is a more rebellious and individualistic girl - the kind that could easily be drawn into trouble by her natural inclinations.  In 17th-century ideology, she is a potential witch, and her nature is confirmed by her pact with the diabolical wolf. Numerous subsequent versions connect this to the seduction of bourgeois women by aristocratic men.  As tales are retold by men (i.e., Perrault), of course the woman is the one who has sinned and must be punished, so she is eaten (obvious sexual imagery) by the wolf; insofar as her individualism has led her into trouble, she must be safely eliminated by death. With the Grimms, the idea of justice has changed and she can be resurrected as a reformed, more obedient girl, the woodcutter/policeman having destroyed the seducing wolf.

Prostitution :

One of the more common interpretations refers to a classic warning against the worlds oldest profession, going on 'the game' or becoming a "working girl",if you wuill. This builds off the fundamental "young girl in the woods" stereotype. The red cloak was also a classic signal of a prostitute in 17th century France. A Colombian charity recently used this theme in a poster campaign that showed various fairy tale characters reduced to child labour, including Red Riding Hood as a child prostitute

Sexual awakening :

Red Riding Hood has also been seen as a parable of sexual maturity. In this interpretation, the red cloak symbolizes the menstrual cycle and the entry into puberty, braving the "dark forest" of womanhood. Or the cloak could symbolize the hymen (earlier versions of the tale generally don't state that the cloak is red--the word "red" in the title may refer to the girl's hair color or a nickname). In this case, the wolf threatens the girl's virginity. The anthropomorphic wolf symbolizes a man, who could be a lover, seducer or sexual predator.When Little Red matures, she gives up her cloak, deciding she doesn't need it anymore. This can be viewed as deciding to no longer hide from the wolf (representing her own sexuality), or as the literal giving up of the cloak of the hymen.

What is Theogony?
Oh! Thou, too, mortal man!
what is philosophy?
Oh! World, which was and is,
what is Cosmogony?
Some people have accused me of Misanthropy;
And yet I know no more than the mahogany
That forms this desk, of what they
I comprehend, for without transformation
Men become wolves on any slight occasion. "
The Works of LORD BYRON
Poetry. Vol. VI.
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Notes on the life and times of VerSache the Barbarian :
Ex libris necessarius VerSache obscurus barbarus :
This extraordinary collection offers striking insight into the historical VerSache the Barbarian.
Compiled, Photographed, Edited, Rebound and Translated by Marjorie Chillblaine :

Today the most ancient of the original documents exist beginning with 600 leaves (or folios) made from hemp, Some folios are of single sheets, most are twice the width, then folded to accommodate 2 pages of text, The decorated pages often occurred on single sheets. The folios had lines drawn for the text, sometimes on both sides. Prick marks and guide lines can still be seen on some pages. The hemp is of high quality, although the folios have an uneven thickness, with some being almost leather, while others are so thin as to be almost translucent. Food, beer and coffee stains abound throughout ...

"Chi mi Sgorr-eild 'air bruaich a 'ghlinn
An goir a’ chuthag gu-binn an dos.
‘Us gorm mheall-aild’ nam mile guibhas
Nan lub, nan earba, 's nan lon."

"I see the ridge of hinds, the steep of the sloping glen
The wood of cuckoos at its foot,
The blue height of a thousand pines,
Of wolves, and roes, and elks."

ancient Gaelic lay, unknown author.

Concept Notes :

With the glacial retreat of the last Ice Age, wolf packs followed the great herds of grazing animals pushing north and west to again colonise most parts of what was to become the British Isles. InScotland wolf bones have been found, together with those of reindeer, northern lynx, brown bear and arctic fox at the Creag nan Uamh caves in Inchnadamph National Nature Reserve in Sutherland, and on Crossflat at Muirkirk in Ayrshire. At the latter site, near the upper reaches of the River Ayr, the lower jaw of a wolf was discovered along with the remains of red deer and aurochs, the giant wild ox that inhabited Scotland into Mesolithic times and probably even later. From these and other remains it seems likely that the Scottish wolf, was similar in size and form to wolves living in Europe today. Skeletal remains of wolf that date from historic times, however, are hard to separate from those of the very large hunting dogs which were legendary in Iron Age Britain. All dogs are now considered to be descended from the wolf, and although the split between wolves and domestic dogs occurred far back in time, certainly before the Mesolithic period, dogs and wolves can interbreed and produce viable offspring to this day.


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