Yes, it’s another update featuring my art! While writing the next novel remains as addictive as ever, I’d forgotten how much fun drawing could be.
So, after I finished ‘Glowing Waterlilies’, I decided to work on some old unfinished art. I’ve just completed this picture of Liralian and her Citadel, which is based on a pencil drawing from 2012.
Liralian is the main protagonist of the Shekruvaris Trilogy. As one of the nine immortal rulers of the magical realm, she wields tremendous power and is burdened by a great sense of responsibility.
For the moment it looks like she has left her Citadel to enjoy some relaxing time outdoors (maybe Erulorian is setting out a picnic nearby), but her worries never truly leave her. Since she looks so anxious and weary in this picture, I thought ‘The Burden of Power’ seemed like a good title.
My other picture is a portrait of Lady Saroparel that just needed a bit more work to make it complete (I naturally felt inspired to return to it, having just drawn her in ‘Glowing Waterlilies’).
This time I decided to put proper time and effort into depicting Saroparel’s elaborate hairstyle (easy when you’re scribbling with a pencil, but not so easy in a painting). Among the Ankaykari, she likes to consider herself an exemplar of style and taste.
Unlike Liralian, Saroparel seldom feels burdened by power because she thinks she knows all the answers already. She looks especially imperious in this picture; possibly it’s a portrait from the last time she was sovereign….