So rise up, rise up
This war within yourself cannot be won.
Wake up, wake up
Taralyn the Cat Queen is finally completed! This was probably the most challenging painting I’ve done in my series, due to the size 22 x 30 which is way bigger than I’m used to painting and filling that entire space with all my crazy ass details! Probably will go a tad smaller for the next one!
Definitely had a lot of fun with transforming my little cousin into a the Cat Queen. Coming up with the entire mythical, feel wasn’t hard seeing as how the Cat has been a symbol of magic, shape shifting and witchcraft by several different cultures from around the world.
Here, I really wanted to play with the theme of the misunderstood and shape shifting, and “cat magic,” (yes there is such a thing). I liked the idea of this girl being forced to spend most of her life as an obedient, timid, girl in her human disguise, but then invoking her powers of feline magic to transform into who she really is; a beautiful, slightly disobedient, and fearless queen who protects and nurtures the creatures she is most connected to. She has two of her most loyal subjects peaking out from behind her, along with her two Raven companions, who, have also been associated with shape shifting and witch craft, throughout history. Ravens, like both the Cat and the Witch, were also targets for slaughter by paranoid Puritans .. But here they stay in their paradise of the feline kingdom were everyone is safe, disobedient, and happy…witch or no witch.
Totally going to pass out now, fingers are falling off as I type
Another beautiful fantasy portrait from my dear friend Jessica Ross! You better watch out for her because, she’s amazing! And I can’t wait to see how her portrait of me turns out!
Tintin by Dan Hipp
Tom GreyEyes Art
An assignment for Advanced Digital! We were supposed to make a gif portrait of a historical figure. I chose Julie d’Aubigny, 17th century swordsmaster and opera singer, responsible for the deaths of at least ten men in duels, and openly bisexual. After her lover was placed into a convent by the girl’s parents, d’Aubigny took the vows to enter the convent as a novice, then rescued her lover and set the convent on fire to cover their escape. Dang.
Love it! And i never knew about this woman. Very cool.
The delightfully charming illustrations of *BrianKesinger.
This made me lol irl….Great concept.