'The Real Cinderella' project
'The Real Cinderella'
Acrylic and graphite
Front cover and first two spreads in personal project: a wordless cross-over picturebook.
The story addresses neglect and emotional abuse, seeking to encourage empathy development and moral discussion in readers of all ages. 'The Real Cinderella', unlike the fairy tale counterpart doesn't await a princely rescue; rather seeks and finds her own happiness and success after many trials and tribulations. Set in a realistic and contemporary setting so modern readers can easily identify, the story allows readers to construct meaning in ways personal to them; providing inspiration for a modern audience.
The protagonist is drawn in a more cartoon like state to encourage the reader to become her, and thus increase empathy and emotional awareness, but it also serves to project the sense of her being an outsider once she sets foot inside the home. The significance of red; demonstrated in the beads, shoes, wellies etc. indicate danger and are attached to the aspects and characters of the storyof which are a threat to the real Cinderella character.