The Ugly Duckling illustration

Logbook illustration of the ugly duckling

The Ugly Duckling – A Storytelling archetype

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

The Ugly Duckling is an old story by the Danish writer H.C. Andersen, about a small swan duckling, that ends up in the wrong place, with the ducks. It doesn’t fit in and have to go through a lot of loneliness and hardship, before it finally, and first when it is about to give up… changes into a beautiful swan

The Ugly Duckling is one of the most well-known storytelling archetypes. It is about the misfit who makes it, overcoming challenges and going through personal transformation

Read more about the story on Wikipedia The Ugly Duckling

Illustration of the Ugly Duckling, by Frits Ahlefeldt
The Ugly Duckling as Teenager
Illustration of the ugly duckling, drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
The Ugly Duckling illustration – no text

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