Completed - 2006-09-12
The end result of one of my first full-out digital paintings. It's so interesting to see how far I've come since this first, humble attempt.
I can't totally get the story across because of the massive difference in scale between the Dragon and the Princess, but hopefully at least this "hints" that something magical is taking place. Details and more information available here: on LiveJournal"The Princess and the Dragon" - By K. LeCrone (aka. Dreamspirit)
Long ago there lived a Princess, whose love to one of the castle guards was such legend that it was whispered about by both the royalty as well as the peasant-folk. While war loomed, however, the two knew they could never wed, so each worked as they might to bring an end to the fighting: he with his sword, and she, with her wise words which she shared with the king, and all who would listen.
When the war grew closer, the brave knight was called out to defend his homeland for long periods of time, and each time before he left he would gently kiss his lady on the hand and tell her how he loved her, and how he would always return, and she would always and forever be the one he returned to. "That is a promise I swear to, Milady," he'd said. And every evening, as the light began to fade, she would climb to the highest tower in the castle, and look out: just hoping to get a glance of her knight riding home. She would softly sing out a tune the two of their heart's shared, as if it might perchance call him home if he couldn't find his way.
Days turned to weeks, turned to months, and she would pray for him and hope for the day when the two of them could be reunited once more. One day, however, a sinking feeling set her heart, and though she knew not why, she was certain ill-fortune had come to her knight. Not a moonturn later, she saw a riderless horse slowly approach the castle, and she knew for sure there would be no happy ending to their story.
She wept, as a mother for the loss of her child, and crept to the tallest tower of the castle once more, as if she would find peace there that she lacked in her heart.
Her tear-filled face looked out over the eerily-still horizon and she began to softly sing the tune she'd sung so often for her Knight. She closed her eyes and let the music fill her, putting all of her heart into it until the final phrase passed through her soft lips. Then, without explanation, a warm breeze seemed to catch her face and she looked up to the sky, where heaven itself seemed to open up before her, pouring out light and a strange sense of otherworldly peace unlike anything she'd ever seen or felt before. A strange, ancient music seemed to play on the wind with the rhythm of her beating heart. Like a dream, the heavens began to shimmer and move as if they were alive. And, like a ghost, they took shape before her eyes. A massive dragon's face posed before her and floated effortlessly, with its huge mane catching the wind, and scales twinkling lightly. It wrapped its tail around the castle, and calmly looked down to the Princess, and smiled.
"Dear lady, I've traveled through the lands of the living and the dead to find you again. Your song called to me, and even after a cruel sword felled my body, the song shook me and awakened who I truly am. I have the soul of a dragon, of the noble race that loves deeply and protects truly. And as in my last life, I pledge to you in this one, I will keep you safe from harm and always be with you. And when old age comes to you after so many more great deeds on this Earth, I will be here still, and on that day you will join me in the clouds, for you have the soul of a noble dragon as well."
The Princess looked up at the dragon, and through a tear-stained face she smiled, and believed.
also sculpted a piece based on this painting and story that was given as a gift to me.