Completed on June 1, 2013
This last weekend I spent some time with my mom painting pottery and continuing work on the Loirin plate I started last month.
The image is actually based off an incredibly tiny inked “sketch” that was the size of a postage stamp (one inch by one inch) that I made in 2010. At the time, I scanned it and then toned it in Photoshop to tighten it up a bit more. I wanted to make something sweet for my grandmother that was cuddly and fantasy-ish, and I liked the idea of there being a touch of a story (that the Liorin and the bunny are watching the first blossom of Spring). Sadly, my grandmother is no longer with us, but this piece was one of her favorite pieces of art I ever created for her.
The Loirin is a very old character of mine who is sort of a cross between a lion and a kirin (oriental unicorn). I have rendered this fella many times over the years, and one of the first ones I really liked was done way back in 2006
(although I have sketches of him as early as 2001, I believe). The character's been roaming around in my head, but aside from a few short lines of text
, I really haven't written him into the world of my story yet. I figure when the right moment arises, he'll make himself known and slip into the midst of things. He's very calm and collected, and I view his race as a true and elusive rarity.
Years later I wanted to commission him to be made into a plush by the ever-talented Kim Rhodes, so I put some quick color over top my original image so she had a guide of his coloration. She did a fantastic job on him!
It's 11 inches in diameter. In any case, this last weekend I was able to finish-up painting my Loirin plate which I free-handed based on the original 2010 image. I’ve been really excited to see how the colors turn out after it’s fired, since even during the painting process I had to try to use my imagination to try and figure out how it will all come together after firing. Here’s to hoping it turns out close to how I envisioned it! His colors should be fairly bold against a background of fallen snow.
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Fired version here:
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