Last Solace

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Erin Hoffman

This garish explosion is why I didn't touch color for so long -- I just couldn't get it to work for me in anything other than chalk pastels, and even then, that was mostly an accident. I'm gratified that digital methods seem to be yielding better results. This is Zhai, my main online persona -- sort of. She started out as a gryphon in 1995 and through a series of events in Di'Quinasev was rendered half-dragon. I'm cobbling the bits of her story into a novel titled The Path of Flame, which may go to a small press publisher if I ever get around to finishing it. Di'Quinasev is a world that I created with two very close friends back in '95, and it was an incredible experience. At any rate, Zhai's story is pretty sad (although 'Zhai' is my online moniker, I don't think of myself 'as' the character the way some people do theirs, thus I use 'her' and other third-person pronouns), and here she is with the last thing left to her -- her magic, the ability to summon fire. Yep, as I mentioned, the coloring job sux0rz royally, but this is my favorite self-done portrait of Zhai so far with regard to shape and whatnot. Maybe I should upload the black and white version instead...

Published More than a year ago

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