My Muse is some sort of forest nymph. She wears flowers in her hair and she resides in the abandoned gardens of my imagination. She whispers stories in my ear, about long forgotten realms and knights and princesses. She visits me any time of the day but i chose to paint one of our night time meetings because night has something magical and mystical about it.
Edit: Also added two sketches of the Lady of the green kirtle (the villain from C.S. Lewis's Silver Chair), playing her sleep-inducing mandolin, the first (top) of which came out looking more like an evil renaissance lady so i tried a second time (bottom) and Arianne Martell from ASoIaF.
Some pencil sketches i've done throughout the last months. A take on Maleficent (with a hint of Angelina Jolie, i'm so excited about this movie!), Snow, Belle and a few lines of Rumpel from Once Upon a Time and Eowyn facing the the Witch King from the Lord of the Rings.
Because when i struggle or i'm stuck in the art department, i paint a Sleeping Beauty and lo, all the inspiration and enthusiasm come back. She's a muse of sorts. I have lost count of how many sleeping beauties i have lying around in various stages of development.
After about a year of neglect of this project of mine, i bring you a new piece from my ACEO fairytale collection, the Wild Swans. Actually i had drawn both this and Scheherazade (of the One Thousand and One Nights) many months ago but when i got to add colour i found out the paper had developed some sort of mould or gathered dust (anyone have any advice/knowledge to share regarding that?) and both paintings were ruined. It put me off from drawing them all over again until today.
On a side note, i enjoyed researching Scandinavian folk costumes so much that i think i'll take a break from the German/French fairytales and do a few Nordic/Russian etc next. Any suggestions?
Pencil, watercolours, white gouache / 6,4 x 8,9 cm (2.5" x 3.5")
I have been lacking inspiration the last few weeks so i have been adding (water)colour to older sketches. I sketched the figure of this about a year ago ( you can see it here achen089.deviantart.com/art/Op… ) and had really high hopes for it; i almost regret i decided to paint it at such an uninspiring time. It's probably the first time i didn't even plan things like colour palette, background etc like i usually do, i just had the figure and added colour straight away, building shapes and whatnot along the way. So there are a lot of issues, mainly with the perspective, depth, colours, how water works, all in all it was very confusing for me working without a solid plan but i'm somehow proud i did something to challenge myself, you know? I would like to give the subject another try though..in the future.
Any suggestions for the future piece will be welcome!
The second illustration i did for Tenebris Books' ( www.facebook.com/TenebrisBooks ) recently published fairytale anthology entitled "Willow, Weep No More". For this one i was assigned a wonderful and very touching story of a mother and her brave girl. Really lovely story.
This has been far too long in the making but it's finally finished. It's one of the artworks i will be exhibiting at theGolden Age of Fairy Art exhibition in September. If you happen to be in the Netherlands at the 20-21st of September come and say hello!
The sketch was done back in early 2012 but i could not bring myself to alter it or redo it from scratch so i kept it as it was. It was the exact image that formed in my mind while listening to this piece www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mCyRh… by Greek composer Vangelis, a vision of the Lady of the Lake emerging from the waters, beckoning Arthur to come and take the sword.
Pencil, watercolours and a touch of white gouache // 24 x 33 cm.
Finally i'm sharing with you my contribution to a wonderful fairytale anthology that was published recently by Tenebris Books www.facebook.com/TenebrisBooks under the title "Willow, weep no more". It's a collection of traditionally-inspired, original fairytales by various authors, accompanied by illustrations from a group of young artists, inluding fellow deviants ~liga-marta (who did the cover) and ~RossanaCastellino among others.
Every year i make holiday cards/bookmarks with a personification of the Christmas Spirit. This is this year's, for which i tried a new technique, inspired by fellow deviants ~liga-marta and ~Kitty-Grimm's heavily lined artworks.
I had the textured background saved on my pc, if someone recognizes it, let me know so i can put a link.
And the Little Mermaid double-sided bookmark! I had a tough time finding a quote for this one as i was looking for something too specific but this quote by George Eliot ( pseudonym of Mary Anne Evans ) was close enough.
Pencils, watercolours, white acrylic / 5,5 x 16 cm.
Others in the same series: Peter Pan [link] Snow White [link] Alice in Wonderland [link] Beauty and the Beast [link] and the one that started it all, Sleeping Beauty [link]