Here’s the finished drawing. I showed this to my family and they thought it was somewhat ominous (“Why is her head cut off?”). This illustration probably works better/makes more sense in color.
In total (to this point in the process) it took about 13 hours. The process was: research/thumbnails > reference photos/composite > rough sketch/refine sketch > value/color studies > shaded drawing. The value study helped a lot to keep me on track while shading.
I’m going to put this to the side for awhile and work on other things. My sister gave me the idea to continue this concept of modern or updated fairy tales. It’s not an original idea. A lot of people are doing re-imagined characters. But I haven’t done it.
The preliminary list of stories for this idea:
- The Little Mermaid
- (Goldilocks and) The Three Bears
- Jack and the Beanstock
- Peter Pan
- Beauty and the Beast
- The Pied Piper of Hamelin
- Hansel and Gretel
- Snow White
- Peter and the Wolf
- Vasilissa the Beautiful (feat. Baba Yaga)
- Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz