Stinker and the Onion Princess is an updated Grimm’s story set in Texas—but with a fairy tale quality. I didn’t want the characters to look too real, but they should be sort of modern-day. To get the kind of vibe I was looking for, I turned to Roy Rogers. Roy, Gene Autry and a host of singing cowboys wore some outlandish cowboy costumes in their movies. I found some books in the library about them, and faithfully rendered them in paint. This helps me to get a sense of color for my project.
I also looked at books about Western roadside attractions, cowboy kitsch, and Mexican festival costumes. I painted the examples I liked. Here they are: