Aschenputtel

Illustrations of the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale–these are color versions of several images from a self-published coloring book. Aschenputtel is a variation of the Cinderella story, but much bloodier. There are no fairy godmothers, and the wicked stepsisters are beautiful (though evil), not ugly. Commissioned by http://kittychilsett.com/

“Every day the little girl went out to her mother’s grave and wept. When winter came and the
snow lay heavily over the ground, still the little girl came to lay her head on her mother’s grave.”
“Her father’s new wife brought two daughters into the house. Their faces were beautiful but their hearts were ugly and cruel.”
“Aschenputtel went to her mother’s grave. She stood under the hazel
tree and cried: “Shake your branches, little tree, throw gold and silver down on me.”
Whereupon the little doves tossed down a gold and silver dress and slippers embroidered with silk and silver. Aschenputtel slipped into the dress as fast as she could and went to the king’s palace.”
“She disappeared into the garden behind the house, where there was a big beautiful tree with the most wonderful pears growing on it. She climbed among the branches as nimbly as a squirrel and the king’s son didn’t know what had become of her.”
“On the third day, after her parents and her sisters had gone, Aschenputtel went back to her
mother’s grave, where the doves threw down a dress that was more radiant than either of the others, and the slippers were all gold. When she appeared at the palace, the people were too amazed to speak. The king’s son danced with no one but her, and when someone else asked her for a dance, he said: “She is my partner.”
The sister went into her room and managed to get her toes into the shoe, but her heel was too big. So the girl cut off a chunk of her heel, forced her foot into the shoe, and went out to the king’s son. He lifted her up on his horse, but the two doves cried out: “There’s blood in the shoe, there’s blood in the shoe. That’s not the proper bride.” He looked down and saw that her dress was all stained from the blood spurting from her shoe, so he turned around and took her home again.”
Aschenputtel washed her face and hands and went upstairs to try the tiny golden slipper on. It fit perfectly. The king’s son looked into her face and recognized the girl he danced with and cried out: “This is my true bride!” The stepmother and the two sisters went pale with fear and rage, but he lifted Aschenputtel up on his horse and rode away with her.”
“On the day of Aschenputtel’s wedding, the two stepsisters tried to flatter her and share in her happiness, but the doves flew down and pecked out their eyes. So both sisters were punished with blindness to the end of their days for being so wicked and false.”