She who dances continues the tradition forward into her SEVENTH year! This years Araikao prophecy dance seems to project confidence and certainty - she know where she's going, knows the steps to take and is well in control of her pace.She is moving forward in a sprightly stride, green for growth, vibrant with intent, and she's wearing diamonds on the soles of her shoes. Shes fit, she's muscular, she's happy. Looks like its going to be a good year. Of course I won't be certain until the end of the year and I can look back with the 2008 Araikao dancing on the threshold yet again. The improvement in anatomy is splendid. After doing a large piece for 2006 and not being fully satisfied with the way it turned out I reverted back to A4 and was delighted with the results. This is the first time I have worked her soley in colour pencil and it has certainly paid off! This is also the first year that I have had two designs for Araikao and intended to do both. The sketch for this and the other are both visible under WIPS. Hopefully I will get the other version done soon. Derwent Pencil on A4 Canson Pastel Paper - with a touch of gouache for the scroll. To see the previous six Araikao pictures Click here
Part of a tale my RPG bard, Cobblecat told some years ago to entertain a very old Bronze Dragon in return for him rescuing the other party members. I'll transcribe the other portions as I have time. This is a work in process.