This was finished a bit sooner than I initially thought it would be but here it is, my fourth painting based on The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. This one is based on the fourth book titled ‘Winter’ which is a retelling of Snow White.
My main goal for this series of paintings was to combine my love of medieval and renaissance imagery, fairy tales and storybooks with the science fiction storytelling of Meyer’s work. For my paintings, I’ve chosen certain parts of Meyer’s novels that I believe illustrate not only her work but also a famous or iconic scene from the well known fairy tale that it is based on.
Ironically, this is the image that started that thinking. It just came to me while I was reading ‘Winter’ and despite this been the last painting I worked on, its the one in which I had a clear image of in my mind first and the other paintings were then worked on around that particular mental image.
Also, out of all the paintings, I believe this is the one where I took the most liberties with Meyer’s work and it is also the one that looks more “medieval”. The scene depicts Winter asleep in a suspended animation tank after being poisoned by her stepmother, Queen Levana. She is about to be awoken with an antidote by her love interest Jacin and that is all a reference to Snow White asleep in her glass coffin, a famous image from the story.
In the book, the tank is lying down on the ground rather than it being stood vertically as I’ve depicted it. I chose to illustrate it this way in order to emphasise that medieval look and include Jacin, looking very Knight-Like in the painting. I also feel that this helped highlight the medieval influence as its very reminiscent of religious icons, made more pronounced by the light above and gold ink.
The scene also takes place on the moon, which in Meyer’s universe is now populated by people know as lunars. The lunars live under domes and have managed to recreate elements of earth in their environment, as I’ve depicted with the forest scene which is also very reminiscent of Snow White. I also depicted the dome by creating the archway at the top, which is a common in medieval and renaissance art and architecture, and bordered it which space along with the earth and a medieval looking sun just to illustrate that the characters are on the moon (even thought it doesn’t look like it).