joan d'ayleinn

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Jade Bailey

ARGH! i give up! i did this picture ages ago (as you can see by the date), but put off uploading it because i wanted to force myself to come up with a background. but now, as it is clear that i have neither the time nor the inspiration it will probably stay this way, at least for the time being. i'll clue you in a little on the character and the setting... for those of you who might have read the first chapter of my historical fantasy novel at wyvern's, yes, she is indeed matthew's little sister. for everyone else - the d'ayleinns are a family of minor nobles, who have obtained a fair bit of wealth through slightly dodgy means. for seven years they were the wardens of a young girl, a prophecied heroine called the ravenspeed (better known as morgan - she features in 'the window'), and during much of that time the family's two children, matthew (who they betrothed to morgan) and joan, made life as difficult as possible for the poor girl. however, as matthew and morgan reached adolescence, his hatred of her slowly turned into deep love, but she still loathes his guts and will have none of it. joan, however, is and always has been the most odious little cow you could hope to meet. she's not the prettiest of girls, but she deeply resents anyone who is, like morgan, or who manages to attract the attention of rich men who joan herself might be eyeing up, however unwittingly. while matthew desperately tries to undo the wrong he has done morgan, his sister only jealously contrives to worsen the situation with the aim of causing her as much suffering as possible. pretty nasty for a 14-year-old girl, eh? ;) she doesn't feature much in the book yet, but i will make room for her at some point, mark my words. she seems like such a cool character to write about ;) considering this drawing started out as a boy, it's quite alright :o i'm pleased with the clothes - i've become quite the connoisseur of early 15th-century european costume :S the red houppelande represents her outer extravagance and self-perception, with the green kirtle showing her inner jealousy. i think i'm falling in love with the colour red... i had so much fun with those hanging sleeve folds... pencil sketch, coloured in photoshop elements.

Published More than a year ago

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