Hi, I’ve updated my observational drawings tab so please have a nosey :).
Also I thought I would share with you the text I created with helpful editing from my brother for ‘The Little Gypsy Slipper’ (aka Cinderilla):
[picture of bouquet]
The wedding bouquet is treasured, it’s said,
for the girl it catches will soon be wed.
[sisters together with Cinderilla holding bouquet]
It’s a pity, therefore, that our story must start
with flowers unaccustomed to a heavy heart.
[father and bride + Cinderilla picture]
Cinderilla is she who, having buried her mother,
must watch as her father takes up with another.
[Cinderilla crying with Godmother]
She cries to her Godmother who can only suggest
that a wedding of her own might cure this unrest.
[family around table]
The following day a meeting is called –
her family have been invited to a society ball.
[sisters dreaming of clothes]
Her sisters conspire about how they will dress
to catch the eye of the richest guests.
[Cinderilla dreaming of dress]
Cinderilla, too, quite fancies a Lord,
dreaming of a dress she can scarce afford.
[Godmother in front of window]
For while her stepmother is rich, her father is poor,
so she runs to her Godmother in search of a cure.
[picture of basket]
The old lady may be skint but her plans are big,
she despatches our heroine to find flowers and twigs.
[Cinderilla and Godmother making dress]
When Cinderilla returns the pair slave for hours
to make a designer dress from kindling and flowers.
[pair of shoes]
And as night comes in and all is dark,
her Godmother carves shoes out of fallen bark.
[Cinderilla in bed sleeping]
Exhausted, the young girl shuts her eyes
and imagines being fought over by wealthy guys.
[Cinderilla with mop]
In the morning she wakes and gets on with her chores,
too content in her daydream to mind mopping floors.
[picture of carriage]
When she’s done she washes, slips on the gown,
the shoes pinching slightly in the carriage to town.
[3 sisters walking to ball]
The sisters come together and discussion is rife
about which single lady will end up a wife.
[two sons + 3 sisters together]
They pull up at the estate and right away
the host’s two sons are looking their way.
[2 men either side of Cinderilla]
Nudging each other, the two men approach
and inspect the fillies in front of their coach.
[Stepsisters and sons together, Cinderilla to one side]
Cinderilla is first, but they pass up the chance
and instead take the stepsisters to drink and to dance.
[Cinderilla running away]
Unable to cope with this second betrayal,
Cinderilla runs from the party… and from fairytale.
[picture of the shoe]
All that remained that night was a single shoe
in which weeds and grass and flowers grew.