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MGC: the Tempest

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Another entry for the MGC with the theme of Gargoyles do Shakespeare. I really wasn't planning to do anything for this one, but close to the last minute the muse whacked me upside the head with a hammer. I've pretty much worked on this nonstop outside of my day job for almost a week.
This was inspired partly by an LJ fic someone wrote where Puck had also been Ariel from the Tempest. My brain took it from there, and it doesn't really resemble the fic at all, but there you go. Puck merrily playing the role of Ariel, an older Xanatos falling into Prospero, poor teen Alex being glad to not have to wear a dress for his part, and I can't really blame Goliath for looking pissy over being cast as Caliban. He'd make an extremely intelligent and honorable Caliban, but in the picture at least he works well in the part.
Yes, I did cheat and use a photo for the city background, but can you blame me? Lots of mucking around to make it blend in better. The stonework really wasn't as awful to do as I expected it to be.
Drawn and inked with microns, scanned and colored in Photoshop.
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The-Theory-Liz's avatar
Hey there again, just wanted to let you know I featured this piece (and I don't care that it is old just to let you know ;-) still a cool piece. [link]

I didn't let you know but Alex and his pose cracks me up, and I'm sure he is thankful that he doesn't have to wear a dress either...:XD:
Reymonkey's avatar
Thank you so much! I sure wasn't going to put Alex in a dress, but I based their poses and the whole arrangement off an older engraving/illustration, I think it's by Blake.
The-Theory-Liz's avatar
Very cool :nod:

Seeing as I have a double dosage of "The Tempest" my term paper is on, and somehow I've gotten wound up in NaNoWriMo and writing a prequel of "The Tempest" play...not sure how that happened.

You're very welcome by the way :-)
The-Theory-Liz's avatar
Gah! I absolutely love this! The Tempest is one of my all time favorite plays (although it will never win out Macbeth though...) and seeing this scene with Gargoyles. I don't know you just made my day (especially after my Shakespeare final...).

Goliath would be pissed about playing Goliath...
Reymonkey's avatar
You mean Caliban? I don't know why this play and Gargoyles clicked so much in my mind, but Gargoyles and Shakespeare have always gone together. ;)
The-Theory-Liz's avatar
I do :nod:

Yes they have :p
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ghostlymarionette's avatar
I love your shading technique!
Reymonkey's avatar
Thanks! There's actually two layers of shading, one is a darker tone of whatever's shaded, skin/clothing etc, the other layer is a very dark blue, with a lower opacity. I probably could have found an easier way to do that, but it came out nice.
avator's avatar
Very sweet looking : ) I love Xan's colorings, his hair and all, purty
Reymonkey's avatar
Thanks! I think this is one of my better coloring jobs.
Kaoru-Himura-chan's avatar
WONDERFULL!! Fantastic job! The shading is awesome, and the artwork itself too.
Reymonkey's avatar
Thanks! I'm proud of this one.
LovelyLadyGray's avatar
Fantastic job on this artwork. The background of the city of New York at night with the slight clouds are beautifully blended into the digital painting! :hug:
Reymonkey's avatar
Thanks, the background is kind of a cheat, but I had a deadline and I worked so hard on the rest...
LovelyLadyGray's avatar
Welcomes, it's how it often is if we artists types are short
on time, but an artist's work is never done and I know how that is!!!
:hug:
purplegoldfish's avatar
I love your shading technique!
Reymonkey's avatar
Thanks! I've got two layers of shading there. First there's a layer that's just a darker shade of whatever color something is (skintone etc), and then overlaying that is a layer of dark blue shading to give the whole thing a blue tone, especially to the left side of the picture.
MooreSpino's avatar
Very cool. I like the dark and foreboding atmosphere.

*Note to self: Read more Shakespeare, i.e. The Tempest.*
Reymonkey's avatar
Thanks! It's been ages since I read it, but the basic gist is the sorceror once-king Prospero on an isolated island with his daughter (I wasn't about to gender-switch Alex), and Prospero's servants the fairy Ariel and the weird hunchbacked hideous monster Caliban.
Of course, there's some implications of Caliban going after Prospoero's daughter in the play, but I'm so not going there...
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