December 14, 2011

Cinderella illustration

The Fairy Godmother waved her hand and a mirror appeared. Cinderella gasped. There in the reflection - standing in the same disordered kitchen, among the drying laundry and dirty pots and pans - was the most beautiful princess she had ever seen. Could it really be her?
My final project for one of my classes was to illustrate the above passage in two-point perspective. Here's how it worked. First I did a little sketch of my idea:

After getting some feedback from my professor, I laid out a two-point grid and started constructing the scene on top.

Next I drew the line art on top of my grid constructions.

After getting more feedback from professor and classmates, I started adding shadows. I established the top of the magic mirror as the main light source, and used measurements to establish where the shadows would be.

Then I just sort of experimented with the colors and textures until I got something that worked. And that's the finished image.

My professor really, really liked it, and I am quite proud of that, because he is notoriously difficult to impress. I'm looking forward to doing another Cinderella illustration soon.


  1. really nice work! I like how you explained how you did the angles for it :)

  2. Wow! Excellent've given me a whole new perspective on perspective.

  3. You were born to draw Cinderella! I'm fascinated by the process. Bravo!

  4. I really,really love it!It'd be wonderful if you could illustrate a book of Cinderella,I'd buy several copies for sure,and give one of them to my niece!

  5. Wow! Wow! It's awesome to see your work broken down!

  6. Kelley, this drawing is lovely!! Atmosphere, detail, all so nice!

  7. Wow! Thank you so much for explaining this process! Wonderful drawing!


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