This is a picture from the Grimm's story, Fitcher's Bird. It's not really finished as I became unhappy with it about midway through, I love the idea and like the composition, but it's too serious. Of course it's one of the most gruesome Grimm stories but that's no excuse.
Interesting responses to the on-line book shopping debate, totally suprising to me. I also learned that many artists and illustrators live in fairly remote areas, which also suprised me. I think I still have that mid-century image of everyone congregating in New York or London.