Happy Wednesday, fellow watchers and watcherettes.
It's been quiet this week on the Gallery, but I hope this helps you all get your regular fix of Aerion artwork
This is a private commission, depicting once again Gaelic myth, of which I'm quite passionate about as some might know.
The characters here painted are the Queen of battles and Goddess of War, Death and slaughterThe Mórrígán
, Egyptian Princess and Warrior Queen of the Gaels. As I told my client, ~StudioOgma
, these illustrations were quite challenging and had me making some last minute decisions that I don't often do. I also had to come up with solutions whilst I painted that made the whole process impredictable and often very mysterious; at various stages, I didn't even know how they'd look in the end! But I finally put the finishing details on both and was astounded by the beauty of each and the power of both combined.
I tried to play on the contrast, as is evident. The Mórrígán is all shades and blues and cold colors, whilst Scota is bright and golden and very warm. Their backgrounds also reflects that: one with the shadowy, mist-filled mountains and rainfall. The other with a bright setting Sun and splashing water onto the ships coming ashore. The clothing is very distinctive as well and I tried to enhance the cultural aspects on both, but still retain a certain level of affinity so that the whole composition of the dyptich wouldn't be thrown off.
I could go on and on and on, but enough of patting me in the back. You'll be the judges, as usual. Comments and critiques are very welcome, so let's hear them if you have the time.