This work is from a course that I took as a graduate student at NC State. I had the chance of drafting a retelling of Snow White and creating concept art for it. Ironically a few weeks after drafting my story I saw a commercial ad for Rupert Sanders “Snow White and the Huntsman.” I was happy that I was not writing an official script!…
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This work is from a course that I took as a graduate student at NC State. I had the chance of drafting a retelling of Snow White and creating concept art for it. Ironically a few weeks after drafting my story I saw a commercial ad for Rupert Sanders “Snow White and the Huntsman.” I was happy that I was not writing an official script! Above you can see all of my stages of conceptualization, ending with the final designs. Working on the Cintiq 24HD is a blast and I highly recommend it for anyone who has 2,500 dollars to spend. This was my first time venturing this deep with a single visual concept and I learned a lot from it. Only 2 final concepts were due so I focused solely on the two main characters.
In my rewrite of Snow White I decided to shift the villain to the King. In the original Snow White we don’t know anything about the King so I felt to bring him into the story more. Instead of a loving King he is quite evil in that he wishes to rid himself of Snow White since she is quite ugly. Since Snow White is such a humble character I wanted to make her gain beauty over time instead of being born with natural beauty. This also allowed me to make the King regret his decisions in the end when he see’s what has become of his daughter becoming the fairest in the land. Lastly, I converted the Queen into a guardian type of character for Snow White. She protects her from the harm the King tries to cause her, and ultimately saves her life. You can read the full adaptation below.
A power hungry King with no sons despises his oldest of two daughters. Since his youngest daughter is very beautiful he wishes to kill the oldest daughter for she is too ugly to be considered a part of his kingdom. First, he orders the tailor to tie her dress too tight, but after someone hears the daughter’s screams and saves her, the King is forced to execute the tailor for trying to kill his daughter. Secondly, the King secretly orders the cook to put poison in her food, but when the plates accidentally get mixed up, another daughter dies. As a result, the King is forced to see his beautiful daughter die, and is also forced to exterminate the cook for killing her.
Outraged, the King now hires a bodyguard to protect the last daughter, with the intent of having the bodyguard secretly kill her. Knowing the King’s intentions, the Queen disguises herself as a bodyguard and watches over the ugly daughter. When she is given the order to kill her, she leads her out into an enchanted forest where she tells her to run down a certain path and when she finds a house, stay there for it will bring her happiness. She also gives her a Dove to watch and guide her for the right time to return. The Queen, dressed as the bodyguard, then returns with one of the child’s shoes and sprinkles some blood on it. The King is pleased and pretends to mourn for his lost daughter.
After a few years the Queen passes away naturally. Now alone, the King is overthrown by another kingdom and replaced by a prince looking for a wife. Forced to now live a regular life, the old King takes refuge in a small village near the castle. After taking over the Kingdom, while looking over the land, the Prince is approached by a Dove. As he looks down from his tower he notices a mature Snow White, who with the help of the Enchanted Forest, has become more beautiful than any other. Happily the Prince ask for her hand.
Shortly after a wedding is held and while watching through the Kingdom’s gates the old King sees the beauty of the bride and is so struck by her that he does not even recognize that it is his daughter. Overhearing someone ask the bride “Where so’ever is your father? Doesn’t he wish to be a part of this great and joyous event?” to which she replies she doesn’t know, for her father ordered her killed long ago and she has not seen him since. Then, in the flicker of the daylight, the old King sees his daughter for the first time, and burns with remorse at the gate.