Hans Christian Andersen’s bittersweet tale of love. This was an early children's book job and while I enjoyed illustrating it, I have to tell you, I thought the ending was a bit bizarre.
The little boy is so delighted to find his long lost soldier - he throws him in a fire??? Oh yea, and then the soldier's love interest, the paper ballerina, flies in after him. I think Mr. Andersen simply got tired of writing.
• Acrylic on illustration board