Drums of War

January 5, 2014

12, Drums of War

It’s day twelve, and my Epic Fantasy Twelve Days of Christmas has at last come to its end. And what better way to finish off my series of epic fantasy art, than with the most epic of all fantasy beings, the noble dwarf? For the “Twelve Drummers Drumming” we have a battle-worn drummer, preparing to rally his fellow soldiers for one final charge against their enemy.

If you have looked over my site at all, you probably know that I rather enjoy drawing my little dwarfish pals. It’s something about their gnarly, crunched up faces, stout and sturdy figures, and gargantuan, braided beards that just puts a smile on my face. So, naturally, I had to include at least one in my twelve days of fantasy art.

I hope everyone enjoyed seeing what the fantasy equivalent to each gift would turn out to be each day, and that they weren’t too abstract a parallel to the originals. I’ll be honest here, I really didn’t give them too much thought, and tried to go with my instincts on what they should all be, as I drew them all in a bit of a rush.

Though I hit the drawing board rather hard each day, to reach my deadline on time, I actually had quite a bit of fun seeing what I came up with for each of the twelve gifts. Some turned out surprisingly close, while others only just matched up, but all in all, it was a fun exercise in hasty creativity and imagination, and I’m rather pleased with how they all turned out in the end.

For those of you who stumbled on this late, here is a list of my eleven other pieces of art in reverse order. Enjoy!

A Piper’s Song of Healing

The Lords do Battle

Dance of the Little Ladies

Maiden and the Minotaur

Swan Lady on the Waters

The Griffin’s Nest

Golden Rings of Power

Calling Forth the Birds

Facing the Cockatrice

Turtle Drakes Collide

Phoenix of the Ash

And, if you enjoyed this, you’ll probably want to take a quick look at last year’s Christmas post.

11, A Piper’s Song of Healing

For the penultimate entry in the Epic Fantasy Twelve Days of Christmas, I could think of nothing better for “Eleven Pipers Piping” than a musician acting as a magician and using her song to heal the wounds of a fallen soldier on a dark and dingy battlefield. We can only see one piper here, but I imagine there are several more (say, maybe ten more?) scattered across the field, healing the wounded with their songs. I’m also particularly pleased with the wear and tear evident on the soldier’s clothes and face.

The Lords do Battle

January 3, 2014

10, The Lords do Battle

My Epic Fantasy Twelve Days of Christmas is speedily coming to its close, with only two more days to go, I’ve reached day ten, and “Ten Lords-a-Leaping” at last. This picture was actually one of my first ideas when I envisioned this whole series of pictures, but obviously, ended up being one of the last ones I completed.

Here I have two kingly fellows from opposing kingdoms, who are at each other’s throats, no doubt, after meeting in an uneasy truce, to attempt to find a diplomatic resolution to their war-torn history. After one too many insolent remarks on both sides, however, they inevitably came to blows. So much for diplomacy.

I almost pictured it taking place in a banquet hall, with the two men standing on the table, but rather like the unclear and sketchy nature of their surroundings, leaving it to the viewer to decide where this scuffle is actually taking place. A thick forest, a damp cave, or even an abandoned cathedral, might all be fitting settings, I would think.

Dance of the Little Ladies

January 2, 2014

For my Epic Fantasy Twelve Days of Christmas, I’ve been posting at noon every day. But today, due to circumstances beyond my control, I’m a teensy bit tardy.

Last night I attended a paper lantern launching to welcome in the New Year, but as everyone’s paper lanterns soared slowly into the air, my lantern’s candle burned up and dropped into the snow before my lantern ever took to the air. Then, upon returning home, my internet promptly died and wasn’t fixed until recently this afternoon. I’m not superstitious in the least, but I do hope this isn’t some sort of sign that I’m in for a rough year.

9, Dance of the Little Ladies

Looking a little like drifting paper lanterns themselves, from a distance, for “Nine Ladies Dancing” I’ve done nine little fairies enjoying some festivities with a dance procession. And yes, there are nine visible little poses, each with her own individual style of dress and hair, though you can’t quite see them all from this size. I thought fairies seemed like the obvious choice for this particular picture, and had a lot of fun coming up with the poses.

Maiden and the Minotaur

January 1, 2014

8, Maiden and the Minotaur

Happy New Year!

As I’ve been creating these pieces of art, I’ve mostly been going with my first instincts for what each fantasy equivalents could be for each of the twelve gifts. Some concepts came easier than others, but with “Eight Maids-a-Milking” I don’t think I had any other ideas except this one. I mean, of course it should be a blood-stained warrior maiden with a pair of bearded axes battling a towering Minotaur. What else is there? If I had had a little more time to get all these ready, I probably would have done a full-on army battle, but as it is, I think it turned out rather nicely with just the one-on-one conflict.

I hope everyone had a great year, and is looking forward to new opportunities for the year ahead.