I’m taking part in inktober again this year, once again doing a fairy tale theme as its easier for me. First up it’s Cinderella!
This my first full digital painting created on procreate and I really enjoyed doing it. The original image was an ink painting I’ve been saving for inktober. I was really curious to see what it would be like in colour so I decided to paint over it digitally and I based the colour palette on the animated Disney film.
I haven’t taken part in illustration Friday for a long time now, but this week’s theme was ‘Fairy Tale’ and I had to submit something. I recently painted this Cinderella illustration using quink ink and was going to save it for this years inktober, but I’ve decided instead to post it now.
I had the image of this in my head for ages and just had to get it out and I’m quite happy with how its turned out. I drew it on an A4 piece of paper though so I struggled to include as much detail as I would have liked.
I went with Cinderella for day two of folktale week, illustrating the magical moment her Fairy Godmother appears to send her to the ball. Theres some amazing work on instagram if you want to follow the hashtag, I’ve also included a link to my instagram.
I had been working on the painting for a few weeks now and finally finished it recently. It is based on ‘Cinder’ the first novel in the sci-fi fairy tale series ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer, and I have three other paintings I am currently working on based on other books from the series. Cinder is based on Cinderella and is set in a futuristic version of Beijing and follows Cinder, a cyborg mechanic who live with her stepmother and stepsisters just like the fairy tale.
With this series of paintings, I want to illustrate these futuristic stories in a classical, storybook kind of way and feature elements from both. For example, I have decided to illustrate scenes from the book which can also represent familiar and iconic scenes from the original fairy tale, that scene here being Cinderella/Cinder fleeing the ball down the palace staircase.
I also wanted to draw upon my interest and influence from medieval and renaissance imagery as well as classic fairy tale imagery to create my paintings and think of these images as a sort of traditional Icon and mural for the main characters and their stories with hints of the futuristic and sci-fi elements included. In the case of this painting, those elements are the city seen in the background, and Cinder’s mechanical left leg and arm.
Even though this is the first painting in this series, I actually found it the hardest to compose as I basically knew what I wanted to do for the other three paintings and had had them in mind for a while. The other paintings also feature more obvious medieval and renaissance influences compared to this one, and I really struggled to create that in this image, that is why I decided to focus upon more traditional storybook images and depict Cinder leaving the ball as that is such a very know scene from Cinderella which also features a lot of familiar imagery e.g the staircase and the prince in the background.
I have also included the prince of the story in the background (named Prince Kai in this retelling), something which i wasn’t originally intending to do, but it sort evolved itself as i realised I had included the love interests of the main characters in my sketches for the other paintings and felt like I couldn’t leave Kai out.
‘The Lunar Chronicles’ is a series of books by Marissa Meyer which retell famous fairy tales in a sci-fi setting. I am a big fan of this series and have wanted to do some artwork based upon it for a while now and have started with some character sketches. The first book in the series is ‘Cinder’ which is based on Cinderella. The main character, Cinder, is a cyborg mechanic who lives with her stepmother and sisters and is the main character thought the series, and Kai is the Crown Prince who is her love interest. I’d highly recommend the series to anyone who is a fan of sic-fi and/or fairy tales and retellings, and I have more sketches of characters from throughout the series to post soon.