Saturday, April 24, 2010

Arthur and The Ravens

This was an illustration I did back in September for a series of trading cards based on folklore and mythology. It based off the story that when King Arthur died he was reborn as a raven, and as long as their of ravens in the Tower of London, Britain can never be defeated, which is why it is considered bad luck to any who harms a raven.

The image itself with done in pen and ink, with a bit of grayscale markers to help with value. This is also the first time I've experimented with Photoshop colors. As for the composition I looked at a lot of works by Howard Pyle ,who illustrated much of King Arthur's epics as well as Arthur Rackham, who has a whimsical style that lends itself well to fairy tales.

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