The largest painting I've done in a while. I see all those artist colleagues whip up intricate scenes in their lunch hour, with castles and battles and whatnot, so my sketches were inspired by that and I now have a pile of promising stories that I want to work on.
I actually made a proper drawing as a base for this - with my plenty of speedy paintings I rarely do - and you can find a timelapse GIF of it on my Artstation if you want, www.artstation.com/artwork/rRo…
Obviously the creatures are mixes of foxes and wolves, the little prince does look a bit like the eponymous little prince, and there have been deer people all over my drawings for a while.
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I really like the throne type with a bunch of stairs; better are only the ones set against the wall, with courtiers on the floor before them, and then the entire room sinks down a man's height. I think the Kretes did it like that, but I'm a little confused about everyone around the Mediterranean.
This had my imagination run wild. There aren't a lot of paintings out there that really spur on my imagination much, but this one instantly captivated me. The whole scene is so beautifully composed and the idea of combining fox and wolf traits? (two of my favourite animals) Genius!
I'm happy I could provide interest for you!
I do love the stories of old legends and folkore about what traits animals have; alas, in our globalizing world features start to grow together. Which is one reason I like to mix such things; if peopel immediately undertsand it's not our world, I feel the suspense of disbelief is held for longer - because they don't already know it can't be real, strange as it sounds, but "if these two thigns are true, then this other thing can well follow" is easier to think when we don't have to think "but it can't be, because those forest have already been destroyed". If that makes sense.
I like the creatures, too. They look cute, dangerous, and solemn, all at once.
Thanks a lot!