Well shoot, I just finished this vent art of Prince Arctic and I was all ready to type about it and now I can't decide what to put here!
Oh well XD
Basically I've been feeling like Arctic a lot lately, lots of stuff hasn't been going well in my personal life, I've been treated badly by people I thought were friends, there's been a lot expected of me in various ways, and overall I've been having trouble sleeping due to the stress.
Arctic's life was a lot like that too. Like so much is against you that it feels like you are drowning. So I wanted to make a piece that represents that sort of feeling. I did an underwater scene, with Arctic reaching out towards the surface as he sinks down. In the books it shows that Icewings can swim, I imagined him to be in the cold, northern ocean or something. Where the water is super deep so it is very dark.
I really liked the way the sketch and flat colors turned out too, I'll probably upload them in my scraps if anyone wants to see.
I saw this on Tumblr and wanted to comment on it...forgot about it until now! I think you captured the feeling of drowning perfectly, especially with the murkiness of the water and the lighting. For someone who says they don't do coloring/lighting effects often, you did an amazing job here :3 And as others said, I'm sure this pose took forever to do properly! The folding of the wings inwards is a lovely touch <3