"Deep in the forest sleeps a Prince," the woodland spirits would whisper. "He is a majestic creature, with eyes like Amethyst and regal antlers crowned upon his head. The very air around him hums with old magic long forgotten, and only in secret can one gaze upon this fair beast."
I had a blast with this palette and design. It surpassed the original sketch I had, which is always a nice surprise. I also strayed from my original concept for Regolith, though honestly I think it worked in my favor.
Stay tuned for more photos when the show opens on January 17th!
The Story: Anila wanders into this wooded sanctuary and finds the sleeping Prince. He appears made entirely of flora, with leaves like gems glistening wherever the light catches them. However, each leaf is as much a part of him as the scales on a fish. Quietly, the spirit of the lake, a gentle soul with a curious nature, watches this noble guest dream magic into the world.
Unbeknownst to them, in all her innocence and guided by the voices of the forest, a human child huddles in secret mesmerized by the wondrous beasts.
This is my favorite close up, as it stands alone like a separate illustration from the original. I really like to draw very tiny details in my pieces. It gives the viewer a chance to explore every corner of the painting and, in their own way, become a traveler in my world.
Running just a tad behind on schedule for the Square Show 4 at the Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery, but here is a sneak peek of the piece I will be presenting.
The illustration will feature Prince Regolith and my girl, Anila. It will be a very serene and whimsical lake/forest setting. It will also give me a chance to formally present Regolith and his otherworldly features.
I'll also be adding some Koi fish inspired by an old illustration from my Maneki Paw Collection: Conversation.
I really can't wait to finish this.
Stay tuned for more wips, and keep an eye out for the show.