I thought I'd do something a bit seasonal here. Throughout the ages, there have been many festivals celebrating the rebirth of the world at this time of the year, when spring is in full swing. One of these festivals was centered around Attis, a character from Roman mythology who appears in King's Quest VII.
However, the Attis in KQ7 bears very little resemblance to the mythical figure he is based on. He isn't married to Ceres, he isn't depicted as a "Lord of the Hunt" in any of the stories about him I've seen, either. However, his Wikipedia does state that he was a handsome man with long hair, so at least they got that part of his character right.
I noticed that Attis' design sheet showed him with leaves in his hair. It's hard to tell if he actually does in the game, but decided to stick the leaves in anyway. I had also planned on giving this picture a simple flat or gradient background...I guess I got a bit carried away.
Incidentally, the "real" Attis has a very, shall we say, "interesting" history, and I can see why virtually none of it is touched on in KQ7, given just how "interesting" some parts of it get.
Also: Ironically, one version of Attis' story has him changing into a tree when he dies. Pretty ironic, given that Ceres is turned into a tree in KQ7.
This is a great picture of Attis, he looks a lot like he does in kQ7. I like the green clothes. According to the myths Attis was a dying-and-rising-again god that held a role like that of Jesus Christ, only the pagan gods were just myths and stories while Jesus was a real historical figure whose powerful miracles the pagan gods couldn't come close to repeating. But I'm probably just bias since I'm a Christian. According to the story Attis was nailed to a tree for love of Cybele, he died and came back to life.
The coloring, as always, is lovely. And I like how the clouds circle above his head.
Poor Attis. I always felt so bad for him in KQ7. And he has my favorite line in the whole game: "Every moment, I become more like a wild stag. Thinking becomes difficult, and the shadows of the forest sing to my blood."