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The Crow and the Pitcher - In this story, the clever crow figures out that although he can't reach the water in the bottom of the pitcher, if he fills it with pebbles the water level will rise until he can take a drink. Ink drawing with digital color. © 2006 Stephanie Smith
The Fox and the Grapes - In this fable, when the fox realizes the grapes are out of his reach he declares, "they're probably sour anyway" out of disgust. Ink drawing with digital color. © 2006 Stephanie Smith
The Ox and the Frog - The proud frog, not believing there was any animal bigger than he, kept trying to puff himself up to be bigger than an ox until he blew himself up. Ink drawing with digital color. © 2006 Stephanie Smith
The Rooster and the Jewel - In this story, the rooster finds a jewel, but realizes it was completely worthless to him, he'd far rather find some seed to eat. Ink drawing with digital color. © 2006 Stephanie Smith
The Tortoise and the Eagle - The tortoise wanted nothing more than to learn how to fly. Finally, he begged the eagle to teach him how. Annoyed by his pestering, the eagle finally agreed: it lifted him high in the air and, reminding him to "spread his wings" let him go. Ink drawing with digital color. © 2006 Stephanie Smith
The Fighting Roosters and the Hawk - Two roosters were fighting for dominance until one was shamed and beaten. The victor jumped to the highest roof to brag and boast... just in time to catch the attention of a passing hawk. Ink drawing with digital color. © 2006 Stephanie Smith
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse - In the classic tale, the poor country cousin goes visiting his decadent city relative, only to discover that he far prefers his simple - but safer - country lifestyle. Ink drawing with digital color. © 2006 Stephanie Smith
Aesop's Fables Illustrations

Medium: Ink pen with digital color.

Traditional artwork created for an art book about Aesop's fables, in a style that combines classic techniques with modern dynamic layouts. Each image was scanned in at extremely high resolution and colored digitally, and can be reproduced as large as poster-size.

Stephanie Smith
Illustrator and Graphic Designer Baltimore, MD