This is an image I started in 2008, but never completed. This last month, I’ve been trying really hard to go back to some old incomplete images and get them finished. This was the first one I finished. Chocolate-chip cookie for me!!
I was inspired by the Grimm version of the story, this scene in particular:
“Arriving home, the man gave his stepdaughters the things that they had asked for, and he gave Cinderella a twig from the hazel bush.
Cinderella thanked him, went to her mother’s grave, and planted the branch on it, and she wept so much that her tears fell upon it and watered it. It grew and became a beautiful tree.
Cinderella went to this tree three times every day, and beneath it she wept and prayed. A white bird came to the tree every time, and whenever she expressed a wish, the bird would throw down to her what she had wished for. ”
This is what it looked like in 2008 when it was “abandoned.” Obviously it went though a lot of changes. I liked the color scheme, but the layout was very boring.
I added her mother’s tree, and tried to make her pose more natural looking. When I started, I thought this picture was very nearly done, but I spent probably another 12 hours on it. Painted in Photoshop as usual.