I tried something new with the 'background', instead of just leaving a blank space or filling it up with scenery, I wanted to try for a sort of whimsical framework kind of look, sort of like out of a fairy tale. Not bad for my first attempt at this idea, but I've already drawn up some other types of 'frames' that look even better.
Anyway. I'm working on a new project. Raise you hand if you've ever heard of a Fractured Fairy Tale. No? A fractured fairy tale takes classic fairy tales changes things up, this could be everything from plots to characters and even settings, Shrek is a pretty good example.
This here is my Fractured Fairy Tale version of Cinderella, here known by her animal friends simply as Cinder. She has pyrokinetic powers which is the reason for the nickname "Cinder"Ella.
Her companions are Keats, the Raven, once the familiar of Aerda, a witch that lived outside the town where Cinder lived, and was for a long time her only human friend. On his Mistress's
deathbed, Keats was sent to fetch Cinderella, Aerda then gave Cinder a handful of magic beans and Keats was gifted with a magical amulet, both of which ere explained simply as "You will know when and where to use them".
Keats was also charged with the care of Aerda's experiments, the talking mice and rats. (I hate how they came out but I got tired of working on them). There used to be four of each, the Rats are Empedolces (the oldest), Siro (the strongest), Theodorus (the fat one with a missing paw), and Amelius (the youngest and most rash). The mice are Romana (the one sitting on Cinder's shoulder is the friendliest of the bunch), the siblings Gunther (the dark one) and Ciaran (the light one), and the fourth one was named Modwen, but he was previously killed and eaten by Angus, the cat.
Angus is the mysterious one of the bunch since no one knows why he can talk. Keats was taught to speak by his Mistress, while the mice and rats gained the ability after being experimented on. Angus was adopted by Cinder's father many years ago after she and her step sister Vesta found him injured as a kitten in the capital while they were there on a vacation. He did not reveal that he could talk until after Cinder's father died a few years later. Angus is a little distrustful, and only likes attention on his own terms, tending to react with unusual violence, even for a cat, when his personal space is invaded.
After revealing his ability to talk to Cinder he also confided in her another secret. Before he was adopted, Angus lived with another family who called him "Lucien"and under circumstances he can no longer remember, was taken away by 'a scary man' and abused. Angus longs to return to his original family, despite warnings that they've probably forgotten all about him. As the two grow to be closer friends, Cinder calls him Lucien...or when she's trying to get him to let one of the mice go.
Cinder and her family live at the base of the Northern mountains, and word is sent that the prince is holding a ball to which all eligible maidens in the Kingdom are invited. The journey there could take months, and hen her step mother forbids Cinder from attending, her animal friends insist it's the final straw and encourage her to runaway and make her way to the ball without them.
And thus begins an incredible trip through one fairy tale after another as Cinder learns the journey to True Love is going to be a lot harder than just keeping Angus from eating the mice.