Chicago Treasure - Cinderella Concept for Input



  • I think the prince charming need to change his angle a bit, he looks ok on the first drawing you did. I really like this idea and I think it's awesome!


  • SVS OG

    Hi @Steve-Young this project is to combine the photographers photo of the children from the school of the Chicago Lighthouse group into illustrated fairy tale scenes. It should be like the child has landed into the world of the fairy tale. So she can not be painted over.


  • SVS OG

    Hi @Naroth-Kean I think maybe he also needs to be moved back a little bit like I had him in sketch drawing. Thanks for the feedback I will definitely work on adjusting him for the next revision! Thank you!


  • SVS OG

    wonderful start Rich! Beautiful little girl ❤ You made the step sisters too cute i think, i would derp them up hehe. I agree there is something a bit off about the prince, i don't know if it is the line of his back or that his left foot and right knee look like they are on the same line, if that makes any sense. I love the overall feel of the painting 🙂


  • SVS OG

    What a fun idea! I like what you have going so far. I think the yellow isn't bad for the prince, but I'm wondering if a medium blue might work with the color scheme better--not a dark moody blue, but a nice blue. Just an idea, the yellow isn't bad.

    I can't tell if the prince is supposed to be looking at the camera like the girl, or it he is supposed to be looking up at her. If he is looking up at her, I think turning his head more toward her, maybe even all the way in profile, would help that to read better.


  • SVS OG

    Hi @Sarah-LuAnn - I will be sure to clarify the Prince as I want it to appear as though he is looking up at our Cinderella and only have her looking at the viewer.

    And I like your suggestion of going with more of a medium blue and keeping the room lighter and happier. As opposed to the moodier version I had been starting out here with.

    I am so glad I have shared this one early on so I can get feedback and other sets of eyes on it.

    I am not sure how others feel but it can be a bit lonely doing freelance work from home all the time. I miss the camaraderie of working in an office with a good team (like I did in my former career) and just being able to have someone stop by your desk for some advice or input.

    So thanks to everyone who has "stopped by" here!


  • SVS OG

    Welcome to your new office 🙂 you won't get interrupted and we won't drink all of your coffee 😛



  • Hi Rich, The concept is wonderfull, especially like the singing sisters!


  • SVS OG

    Hi Everyone,

    I wanted to circle back around here and show you all how the Cinderella piece turned out. I took the input I had received from all of you when I first posted the original concepts and really reworked it.

    Everything is now taking place in a much lighter and brighter room. Still with the large windows letting in all kinds of sunlight (to go with the real lighting that was on the little girl) and I think it works really well. The color scheme of the room also changes to a pale yellow wall and a teal blue looking floor.

    The big challenges were getting rid of all the grass along the wheels in the original photo as well as adjusting the tint of the colors that were reflecting off the wheels. In the original they reflect that yellow/green of the grass but now they match the tones of the floor.

    Also the client wanted me to make her look as though she has on the fancy somewhat magical dress to help bring more color and shine to the main character. All of the black she had on, plus that black of the chair was really getting lost a bit in a colorful setting. It took me a while to get the illusion of the dress to follow the position of her body (her high knees for example). While you can still tell its a drawn dress and not the real thing I think that works with overall scene, keeping in mind its supposed to look like these kids have found themselves in the imaginary world.

    It also took a while to make out that she is holding a remote (with part of the cord showing) in her hand that controls her wheelchair. I left that showing as that is true to her and life.

    To keep the scene positive and happy we moved the upset step sisters into the background by placing them outside looking in. I think it works really well to tell more of what is going on in the scene but keeping the focus on the outstanding smile of the little girl.

    I really enjoyed putting all of the little mice into the scene and am particularly happy with the two that are on the wheel of her chair.

    You will also notice that I redid the prince to make him more upright and clearly looking at her with excitement as some of you had mentioned that was not so clear in those original sketches.

    And I know that this work is not fully original in that it has direct nods to iconic Disney characters (without being exact replica's) but I still fully enjoy working on these as they do present so many challenges with lighting, perspective, storytelling etc. And that just helps push me to keep getting better.

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  • Pro SVS OG

    @Rich-Green It is delightful and the girl's dress plus the mice are a nice touch. Love that you put the two awful step sisters outside!


  • SVS OG

    @Charlie-Eve-Ryan Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!


  • SVS OG

    This is so much better! There's a nice consistency of style across the piece. Having the mice climb the wheelchair is a nice touch 🙂 Also agree it works much better with the step-sisters shut outside..


  • SVS OG

    @Dulcie Thanks so much Dulcie!


  • SVS OG

    The client sent this image over to the girl's mother (and he will also be sending her a framed print) and it had her in tears. And that is why the challenges in getting these just right and pushing to get better and give my best possible output is all worth it. Reading her reply was just so rewarding on so many levels.

    When the book with these images launches sometime next year - the kids and their families are all going to be at the launch event. I am really looking forward to meeting each of them.


  • Pro SVS OG

    That is awesome, @Rich-Green!!



  • Hi Rich, its just wonderful! love the sparkles! awesome! well done man!


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