The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
This image has always been one of my favorites. It was unconnected to a story until I really started to work on it. Since then, I did some work on scenes and ideas, but I never fully developed the world that these three lived in. As far as artistic themes, I was very proud of myself for finally painting a man. Three people interacting with one another was also a new concept for me, as well as the stark, clear color theme that allowed for a more vibrant image, but less color freedom. I was also working hard on making sure that all of my bodies were not the same: “The Wardrobe” has a bigger bust, shorter chin, and fuller lips from “the Witch”, who despite my greatest efforts, still looks rather Caucasian.
Their story shifted as I tried to work them into projects or create projects around them. They do the dirty odd jobs of crime bosses in fantasy worlds. They eventually settled in next to Jade from “Children of the Eaten King”, though they never appear in that novel. The Lion, Hillary Darren, is known for his brutality and pompous destruction when given an order. The Witch, Kinako Moriyama, is feared because she invisible, stealthy, and impossible to track. They call her the Witch because they believe that there’s no way to do what she does without magic. When she strikes, her targets often disappear completely. The Wardobe, Nightingale, is always dressed ostentatiously and draws attention to herself. She is wild, uncontrollable, and very deadly.
April 27, 2005: Photoshop 7, Intuous 2 6×8 tablet