“Happily Ever Neon”, Sketchwave Series, No. 57

5 Aug

560O0100C Happily Ever Neon 14X14


Snow White and Seven Dwarfs was a maelstrom of chaos and gentle beauty that twirled me around in my dizzy youth. Naturally, I was obsessed with the Evil Queen and her unrelenting quest for Snow White’s demise (mainly because the idea of hate was still such a foreign thing to me). Secondly however, I was equally transfixed with Snow White’s unbreakable cheer. I was amazed that she kept in such great spirits and tried to make the best of it even in her life threatening situation through the entire film.

I remember turning to one of my parents in confusion and saying “She was just poisoned! And she woke up like it was nothing and got on a horse with that guy who kissed her!!”. To which they replied “Well, she’s a good person, and doesn’t get bothered by evil people”

At that point I remember thinking “Wow!! Whatta’ woman”.

In this piece, entitled “Happily Ever Neon”, I wanted to tie in the foreboding darkness that the Evil Queen spread throughout the film, and have it counteracted with bright fun neon silhouettes of the characters swirling around vivid pops of whimsical editorial, icons, and movie elements. In the face of Mickey rests apples floating in the sky around the heart box and the Evil Queen’s crown. I wanted to imbue a massive saturation effect, pulling in all forms of dense iconography into this piece, mirroring the complexity and incredible beauty of this film.

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