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“Looking-glass, Looking-glass, on the wall
Who in this land is the fairest of all?”

This is a personal project. My version of Little Snow White, the Grimm’s Tale, as if it was a bigger book. The image was created using traditional media – watercolor and colored pencil – and later edited in Photoshop for final use.

Paper: Hahnemühle Leonardo hot pressed
Watercolor: Turner Artist’s Watercolor
Colored pencil: Derwent Lightfast & Procolour
Original painting size: 8,4 × 12,6 in



For creating this piece, I used many references from the Star Ethereal, from the Ethereal Typology of image consultant Olga Brylińska. I also chose a Soft Gamine (from David Kibbe’s theory) look for this character.

Chosen characteristics/elements for the composition:

  • Big eyes and an innocent face to convey the personality from the original tale;
  • Adult woman with a “teenage look” (thus a Soft Gamine);
  • A bit of a dark mood for the overall tone of the story.

From the Star Ethereal Typology:

  • Lines based on circles and ovals;
  • Colors: black, dark red, burgundy, dark green (I discarded that later), focus on color depth;
  • Portrait neckline, lace, ruby for jewelry.

Painting process

Finished painting

Book cover:

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