Thank you so much to all the people who have commented, faved and watched. I'm just overwhelmed by the response to this; I love hearing everybody's individual reactions and their own ideas, I read every comment.
For those that requested a print, it is now available here: [link]
For the community choice award, the daily deviation and your generosity, thank you. You guys are amazing.
Keep drawing!Nov 2009:
I updated this with my signature and watermark.
For me good and evil are more matters of perception than of external contrasting elements.
The kelpie is a malicious creature that preys on the innocent and trusting. On touching a kelpie, disguised as a horse with a mane of reeds, you are bound to it and dragged underwater to drown.
But what if death was not so bad?
Maybe the kelpie regrets, maybe the girl forgives.
Life, I think, is a spectrum of subtleties rather than strict categorisations.
But maybe I do have obscure intepretations.
Kelpies are one of my favourite mythological creatures. I'd like to think that maybe the victims of kelpies are reborn as swans. Swans have this sense of guardians about them to me.
This painting is full of unfamiliar elements for me but that's what makes art exciting. If I'd had more time I would have spent longer with some references and sketching things out. Any critique is welcome though, I'm out of my depth here and because of that I particularly welcome advice.
I usually don't post new art before I reply to comments on other paintings, but I wanted to get this in a few days before the deadline. I haven't forgotten you wonderful people. Time:
I'm really not sure, 15hours or so.Tools:
Photoshop, Wacom Intuos 3 tabletMusic:
Nothing in particular, a fair bit of Vangelis though.