One of my all-time favorite classic stories is “Robin Hood.” He’s the classic roguish hero. I just finished an illustration of Robin Hood and his lovely lady which I thought I’d share with you.
|The original, done in Oil Pastels|
I actually did an original of this piece a few years ago with oil pastels but the colors did not reproduce well, so I took it into the computer and re-did the piece so I can make art prints of it. Currently, I have a policy of not selling any of my novel character pieces inspired by copyrighted works out of respect for the authors and their publishers, but as Robin Hood is such a legend and many Robin Hood stories fall under the public domain, I am making this illustration available as a print on my etsy store.
Stories of Robin Hood date back centuries. Long before he was a novel character, Robin Hood was a legend. Scholars believe that he could have lived as early as the 12th century!
Because he’s been around so long, there’s almost more stories about him than one can count. Searching “Robin Hood” on goodreads.com brings up over 600 results! Wow!
The only version that I’ve read is, “The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood,” written and illustrated by Howard Pyle, published in 1883. Because the work falls into “Public Domain” you can download, and read it for free. It’s on Gutenberg.org if you want to check it out: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10148
Pyle was an amazing artist as well as a writer, there’s a great blog which you can check out to see some of his paintings. http://howardpyle.blogspot.com/
In Pyle’s version of Robin Hood, there isn’t even a story about Maid Marian, but many of the stories about how the members of the band joined Robin Hood which we know from movies and TV shows, came from his version. I had fun reading it, but the language took some work getting used to. Lots of, “quoth’s, doth’s, thow’s, and thee’s.”
I could go on for days about Robin Hood; I did a google search of Robin Hood books for fun, and like I mentioned above, that brought up practically more stories than a person can count!
Another wide-spread version that you may come across is Henry Gilbert’s “Robin Hood,” Illustrated by Frank Goodwin. I believe it was published in the early 1900s. In my google search I came across a reprint of it with a new cover. I’m not sure who the illustrator for this cover is, but I really dig it.
For more about Robin Hood, check out the Robin Hood Society!
What's your favorite version of Robin Hood?