So I promised to include a pair of red patent leather shoes in my IF illo this week. You can imagine my triumphant cackle when I read this week's theme -- I must've read their minds! Hans Christian Andersen's tale, "The Red Shoes" provides the inspiration. This tale used to creep me out as a child (as did most of his tales, much as I love/d them) and it still does. In my illo the shoes are becoming the world, sapping reality from the surroundings, and the girl herself.
Here is the tale.
And here is my illustration.
Next week I will include a self-carved rubber stamp in my illo.