Inspired by a popular song from the early 20th century.
Time would come for roll call, Time for us to part, Darling I'd caress you And press you to my heart, And there 'neath that far-off lantern light, I'd hold you tight, We'd kiss good night, My Lili of the Lamplight, My own Lili Marleen.
Orders came for sailing, Somewhere over there All confined to barracks was more than I could bear I knew you were waiting in the street I heard your feet, But could not meet, My Lili of the Lamplight, my own Lili Marleen. - T. Connor (1944)
Medium: Photoshop and Wacom tablet Time taken: estimated between 20 and 40 hours, spread over several days References: [link]
Time for some truth! When I said this was inspired by "Lili Marleen", I lied. In reality it was inspired by the Tintin fanfiction "Homecoming" which you can find on archiveofourown.org and on the Tintin kink meme on dreamwidth. So, yes, there's a Tintin version of this painting - to be precise, a Tintin/Haddock slash version, and you can see it on my fangirl blog: Ruined childhood this way
I'm currently working on a big project called "Die Märchenbande" ("The Fairytale Gang") that interprets Grimm's Fairy Tales in a modernized fantasy-like style. My client is making a series of pop music CDs and books that use these illustrations.
You probably know Little Red Riding Hood, and all the others already
A LOT more fairy tale illustrations are going to follow in the future.
Now back to work!
Medium: Photoshop and Wacom tablet, as always. Reference for the pose from: `lockstock
A tempest of bright magic, stirred up by the wings of a hundred birds. More art: www.wyliebeckert.com
UPDATE: Thrilled to announce that this piece took first place in the Beautiful Creatures contest! The authors of Beautiful Creatures even took the time to pass along a few words on the piece:
"We each chose this piece for the Grand Prize without even discussing it; We found it to be true to the Lena of our novels as well as the film. We noted the charm necklace, the Chucks, the 'Caster breeze' in the dynamic, curling hair, and the 'naturalist' element with the doves. Well done!"
Many thanks to Ms. Garcia & Ms. Stohl - I thought long and hard about how to portray the character, and it was awesome to hear that my illustration matched their own vision for Lena!
To all those who have asked about the medium: It's pencil and white charcoal on tinted charcoal paper, scanned & colored in Photoshop. You can see a progress pic of the pencil art over at my sketchblog, link below:
Here's a finished version of my previous painting. We see a hiker girl that wandered into what seems like a moving wal from a distancel, that when she approached turned out to be a river. W may just guess, what she thinks now - will she be pulled into water, when she touches it? Will it push her away?
It could be an illustration for a book or a cover for one. I think it's suitable for this contest.