One of my main inspirations was the work of Arthur Rackham, who was an English Book illustrator who mainly illustrated tales and stories.
Another inspiration source were the Grimm’s Fairy Tales published in 1812 by two Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm (The Brothers Grimm were German and worked mainly in the field of authors specified in collecting and publishing old tales during the 19th century). Some of their most known stories were Cinderella, Snow White and the sleeping beauty among other hundreds of more.
Hans Christian Andersen was a Dutch writer and author which wrote tales as well as the Grimm brothers such as The Snow Queen, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling. Especially the last one is very relevant to my story. “The Ugly Duckling” was written in (1844) and is a little bird which is born in a backyard and suffers under the abuse from the others around him until transforms into a beautiful swan.
Story can be found under http://hca.gilead.org.il/ugly_duc.html
Symbols and meanings:
Bridges were seen as a way to reach destinations, they cross rivers and canyons and are a symbol for overcoming barriers. Bridges also stand for transitions the term crossing over a bridge can also be seen as a metaphor for a journey from life to death.
The colour White is associated with light, goodness, purity and also virginity. The colour is also connected to the term of perfection. It stands for safety and purity. White can also be interpreted as a new beginning (the light at the end of the tunnel).
Ghosts are the souls of the dead; they are wandering around as memories or haunting living persons. They are the soul and spirit of the dead and can sometimes appear to the living.
Tower: the idiom tower of strength describes a person who can be relied on for support, and comfort, especially in difficult times. A tower can be a signpost as in an actual tower r as a person.
Witching hour describes the belief that to the time creatures such as witches, demons, and ghosts will appear and be stronger than to another occasion.