Swan Lady on the Waters

December 31, 2013

7, Swan Lady on the Waters

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone. Its day seven of my Twelve Days of Christmas Epic Fantasy Art, which means I’ve passed the halfway point and am on to “Seven Swans-a-Swimming” being represented here by this graceful winged lady, as she touches down to take a refreshing dip in in a crisp, shining lake.

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The Griffin’s Nest

December 30, 2013

6, The Griffin’s Nest

Well, I swore I wasn’t going to do so much detail on these things from now on, and I think I might have just failed. This graceful griffin is taking the place of the “Six Geese-a-Laying” and simply refused to be uncomplicated. I honestly intended to do a rough, sketchy style for this one, but in the end the griffin won out, and insisted that I give her plenty of fluffy feathers, as well as dynamic lighting so that, in the end, only the backdrop remained roughed in.

Even the male of the pair, who can be seen in the distance taking his turn soaring out to hunt for food, just had to have visible feathers on his wings as he flew across the sunset miles away. Maybe I can control myself better on the next one… maybe.

Golden Rings of Power

December 29, 2013

5, Golden Rings of Power

It’s day five, and “Five Golden Rings” seemed suitable for only one thing; being infused with magic and fitted to a gauntlet of immense power. This skilled caster’s already impressive powers are significantly amplified by the use of the five rings, and one can only hope that he will use his new-found capabilities for good alone. Though, by the looks of things, it seems a little like the power is starting to go to his head already, but maybe he only looks evil.

Calling Forth the Birds

December 28, 2013

4, Calling Forth the Birds

Well, it’s day four, and I needed “Four Calling Birds” so I thought the simplest solution was to have a lady spell-caster summon them. I’m not sure why I thought to have her summoning the birds from her dress, but it somehow seems to work. That little green glow by her face is the gem of her necklace, which, like everything else, seems to be losing a little of its hold on gravity during the casting of the spell.

The image is actually much larger, and has a lot of little details that aren’t really clear at this size, so I’ll have to post a close up of it later on. This one has honestly got to be my favorite of what I’ve posted so far, and I have to admit, I got a little carried away with adding all the little details. I’ll have to rein myself in better from now on if I’m to keep up with my deadline.

Facing the Cockatrice

December 27, 2013

3, Facing the Cockatrice

For the “Three French Hens” on the third day of my Epic Fantasy Twelve Days of Christmas, I’ve done a lone warrior facing off with a cockatrice. You know, those dragon/bird type things that turn you to stone if you look at them. A cockatrice seemed like the closest fantasy equivalent to a hen that I could come up with, and seemed like the best option for my fantasy picture.

I know, there aren’t three of them like there should be, but I’m just going to make it clear right now that I have no intention of always incorporating the numbers of each day in my pictures. Do you know how cluttered it would get if I did? And besides, based on his visible battle wound, and the blood on his sword, I’m going to say that this skilled warrior has already killed two of the three cockatrices, and is about to face off with his final foe.

Turtle Drakes Collide

December 26, 2013

It’s day two of my Epic Fantasy Twelve Days of Christmas, and for my second piece I decided to represent Two Turtle Doves with much more epic Turtle Drakes. These two are not the lovey-dovey pair you think of when you think of Turtle Doves, in fact, they are trying to kill each other.

2, Turtle Drakes Collide

I based my drakes design on snap turtles, in particular, alligator snap turtles, and did my best to make their wings look as though they can fold them up, interlocking their scales, and use them as a shield/shell for protection, as well as spread them out and fly. Probably a completely impractical design, but it’s fantasy, and I’m doing this all in a bit of a rush, so don’t be too harsh on me.

Phoenix of the Ash

December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has a grand Christmas Day.

Now, in celebration of Christmas I wanted to do something special, so I thought I would attempt to do epic fantasy styled art, themed after The Twelve Days of Christmas. Mostly because when I randomly sketch something, it usually turns into something fantasy related. It’s a genre that leaves lots of room to be creative, which I like. So, for the Twelve Days of Christmas I will be posting one picture each day of an epic fantasy interpretation of each of the twelve gifts.

1, Phoenix of the Ash

For my first piece of art, to represent “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” I chose to depict A Phoenix in an Ash Tree. This particular Phoenix is rising from its former ashes, and starting life anew in a snow-dusted ash tree, as the snow melts around it from the heat of the short-lived flames moments before. It’s a somewhat impressionistic style, but since I only started working on all this art a little over a week ago, I can’t promise too much detail on any of them. I still have a big bundle of art left to finish up.

So, farewell for now, and Merry Christmas once again, it’s back to the drawing board for me.