It's been ages since I've done a proper Fantasy illustration, with all that such imagery entails. Luckily, I always have clients willing to challenge me to get new things done and/or revisited.
This image here has been commissioned by an amateur fantasy author, who trusted me with her characters and I hope I've done them justice.
The brief was enticing enough: a tavern scene, with many colourful and detailed characters having a conversation.
I always thought the best Fantasy is the one that isn't obvious; you know, NOT Elves and Orcs' hitting each other, on nimble fairies bathing on quiet lakes. Rather, a quiet scene, in an apparent medieval setting, but adding small elemnts to give away the magic that is around.
I hope I've caught that with the subtle details here of the armours, the blades, and especially the casual fairy fluttering about; the fact that no one seems to pay her any heed is just what I think would happen if you saw one of such creatures every other day...
I'm also quite proud of the fact that three of these characters are siblings and I managed to make their features resemble one anoher. Namely the ones up front. The old Guardsman besides the black-armoured girl is the uncle of the red-headed wry looking fellow there too, so you can see a hint of each other's expressions in their faces too.
I hope you enjoy this brief interlude into Fantasy realms for me and I will shortly be coming back to war-torn cities in the Sci-Fi future