One of my favorite things to do is to explore a story over and over again. When I get the chance to revisit the same story with different tellers, each story has a way of becoming its own, separate tale.
It's kind of like a puzzle, or like looking through different lenses. With all the tellings together, you can see what pieces overlap that make it the same story, and what pieces stand out to make that particular telling so uniquely itself.
A few weeks ago I went to see Disney's new live-action Cinderella. Magical, enchanting, and so romantic! I had to go home and re-watch the animated classic right away...charming, and oh-so-sweet. And just a couple days later, I got a surprise invitation to go see Rogers & Hammerstein's retelling of the classic tale on the stage! Clever, farcical, and elaborately beautiful. And of course then I just had to read articles about the production processes, and look at the original fairy tale again, and all its related stories...and slowly disappear into Cinderellaland.
Naturally my sketching started to reflect the story as it continued to twirl and waltz through my head...