Unfortunately while I was halfway through my painting, I had a surprise trip to hospital to have surprise emergency surgery on a surprise ovarian cyst. Needless to say, I was out of commission for a while, and that deadline for the contest blew past me. I was pretty damn disappointed, and never found the drive to go back and finish the painting. But I still like it, and still want to finish it. After all, there's no reason why I can't send it to Marina as a little token of my fangirlism, contest or no contest.
The doll I picked to paint was Cinderella, but I planned on sneaking references to a couple of others in there. The mermaid is the first. The others I never got around to adding. I'm pretty sure only die hard Enchanted Doll fans would spot them anyway.
This is the composition I eventually decided to go with. Originally I started working on the one below, portraying the moment Cinderella approaches the castle, but something about it wasn't working. There is still something about her posture and expression that I love here, but ultimately I decided to go with a different moment - fleeing the ball as the clock strikes midnight. And yes, her dress IS supposed to have a top half. An incredibly complex top half that I wasn't even attempting to start until I was sure I had the underlying anatomy down correctly!