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Maebh the Courtless by gavin-valentine Maebh the Courtless by gavin-valentine

Maebh waved her hand in a welcoming gesture. The boy’s breath caught in his throat as he was pulled closer through no action of his own. “I… really ought to be getting home,” he mumbled, struggling to evade her cold yellow eyes.

“Forget your worry, creature. I know the way and I will show you. Just look here for a moment.” The boy looked up into her eyes and felt safe for the first time in these woods. Entranced, he could not look away.


When creating Maebh I wanted to explore a small piece of Faerie lore. Maebh is a very interesting character who is often portrayed as part of the Unseelie court. Immediately stories of what led to her joining that side came to mind. What had led her to make that choice? Those ideas led me to this image. At it's heart the image is about the human need for attention and affection and how being obsessed with it can lead us to dark places.

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anasofiajc Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
Absolutely love this piece - it's so detailed and imaginative. The colors are the first thing that caught my eye, then I had a lot of fun exploring all the details and the intriguing character design. Where does the character come from? I read the description but I'm confused whether it's an OC of yours or some kind of mythological creature...? Also what kind of media did you use to make it? It looks so much like colored pencils or watercolor. I really like the traditional look in any case. Also that heart-like flower in the foreground :heart: It's one of my favourite flower but I see it drawn very rarely.
gavin-valentine Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Maebh is a faerie from Celtic Mythology. Normally she is part of the unseelie court or the evil faeries. This is my interpretation of her before she has chosen a side, if you look closely you can tell what her true colors are. The flower that makes the collar of her dress is a corpse flower, they are a carnivorous plant.
DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018
Oh, I see. I'm not very familiar with Celtic mythology at all so I didn't recognize her. But that's an awesome interpretation, the detail with the flower is fascinating.
You never told me how you made it, I'm really curious about the process. :)
gavin-valentine Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I work in pencil and digital. I'll do a complete drawing for a piece before taking a photo and painting in photoshop. I post a lot of work and progress stuff on my instagram, here's a link if you want to check it out.  =)
DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018
Awesome, gonna follow you there, too. So glad I got to see all those sketches. Thank you for sharing.
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