Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Chocolate Black: A Sneak Peak At My Illustrated Fairy Tale


“Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the most intelligent, most enthralling woman of them all?”

Coming Soon: Something Evil Is Watching....
“My jealous, vile queen it is not you,
For there is another lady is brighter, charming and new.
With skin as brown as chocolate silk,
Softer than satin, smoother than milk.
Innocent doe eyes darker than charcoal smoke,      
Hair cropped and curled hidden under cloak.
Red, full and plump are bow tipped lips
Stealing smiles and making entire kingdom’s heart flips
Matching perfectly carved, heart shaped face,
Gently curved, selfless compassion, and lithe grace.          
It is the divine princess Chocolate Black,
And she has many fine qualities that of which you lack.”


This is only a draft.
With all of the live action Snow White movies coming out (even a Disney cancellation), an idea just popped into brain to create a version of this fairy tale that not only showcases the beauty of minority, but strength of character and attributes that go beyond this idea of jealousy over a "pretty face" and being cleaning lady for a house of seven men while chirping to forest animals.
Just trying to reconstruct notion that besides innocence and beauty, Chocolate Black actually defines integrity and something special, remarkable even. I want little girls to appreciate their uniqueness, their ingenuity when others don't understand or value such a difference. 
So for this entire summer, I've embarked on this project of penning "Chocolate Black" and illustrating her poignant story. In this first sketch (Prismacolor pencils on Bristol, much later will use turpentine to spread color), it reveals a shocking twist and if you haven't guessed it now, eventually it will unravel in the next few sketches. 
Orientation is wrong- want every last page to be horizontal, perhaps may create borders (not sure yet) and am currently looking at different Gothic styled fonts for inspiration for this new fairy tale.
More details and illustrations coming soon...

 

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