Drawing for Myself – Princess Winsome

December 21, 2010 by  
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Another character design I’m throwing into the ring for the Fat Unicorn comic that I might be creating with Kasey Van Hise. We’re developing a majority of the comic in public, on Twitter. So you can follow along by using the #fatunicorn hashtag and watch the ideas progress, if you wish!

Princess Winsome was one of the loveliest and charming creatures in her father’s kingdom. She was also the most ambitious and proud. Whenever she saw a feat or effort of skill achieved with excellence, she took to learning how to do it so that she may be the best in all things. Consequently she became a master blacksmith, healer, philosopher, mason, and gravedigger. Her ferocity for learning and the ease with which she excelled in any subject earned her the nickname “Princess First-Of-All”, though her subjects spoke of her with pride and admiration.

Her father, on the other hand, was troubled by her ambition. He knew that a knife sharpened too keenly will break all the easier. He was an accomplished wizard as well as a king, and with a heavy heart he devised a means to teach her a lesson. When Princess Winsome set to learning the art of knighthood and entered the annual tournament, she naturally won (and had gravely injured many of her own knights in the process). When she approached the king to receive her reward, he looked gravely upon her, and spoke this curse:

“All good rulers must, of course, rely on wisdom and intelligence when serving his or her people. But you have not yet achieved the third necessary skill in order to take the throne.”

“By all means,” said the princess, “name this skill, and I will master it quickly.”

The king looked grieved when he said, “I am afraid you are unable to achieve this new thing, as it cannot be learned by art or skill. Though you are of good and courageous heart, your excellence in all things will ultimately prevent you from learning what is known as compassion. It can only be learned through suffering.”

Then the king placed a curse upon the princess, dooming her to live forever in the armor in which she stood before him, until she had failed a deed 100 times. A condition of the curse demanded that she could not attempt any deed in a half-hearted manner. She must fail 100 times in honest effort.

This was long ago. Now Princess Winsome is bitter and aloof, confident that her perfection will forever prevent the undoing of her father’s curse.

Or words to that effect.

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