Dark Fairytales by Nadezhda Illarionova

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This Sunday morning I am spending in bed mesmerizing over these beautifully magical and dark fairytale illustrations by Russian graphic designer and illustrator Nadezhda Illarionova.


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Ilustration by Nadezhda Illarionova

It is strangely familiar looking at these images, having grown up with a Fairytales fanatic mother and grandmother, I was raised surrounded by fantastical tales,

big books by H.C. Anderson and the Brothers Grimm filled with full page illustrations in which I could loose myself for an entire day. Even as a child I preferred Grimm to Disney, with nature and animals taking on powerful, often terrifyingly dark roles, taking its reader on a journey through life’s most basic and uncomfortable subjects.

Fairytales are to me perhaps a most sincere way of storytelling,

the truth does not need sugar coating, it just needs a dark fairy tale to wrap it up in and an grandmother to tell it.


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