I have been working on sketches representing gothic architecture and in particular gothic ruins, which I find really interesting to draw; there is something about them that hints as to how they were once built which is quite insightful.

If Donkey Skin was adapted to the fantasy genre, then I would see it set in the 18th or 19th century. Hence the architecture would be that of gothic revival. I think the style suits the fantasy genre quite well; I made an earlier sketch of a possible design for Donkey Skin’s castle which I am now looking at, in more detail. A blue roof seems like the perfect touch for a fairy tale.

Sketch 1

Sketch 2

Sketch 3



That last drawing could be developed into a colored piece of concept art. Looking at ruins of once great buildings gave me the idea that while she’s on the run, the princess could stumble upon these beautiful deserted ruins which she crosses swiftly; like the ruins, she has also lost all the riches she once had.

Sketch 4


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