Small Rider

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Jon Dixon

The elfen Caeci Wolfsong on horseback (or,at least pony-back). Caeci was a character originally created for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons back in the early eighties when I was playing regularly. Her race - the elfen - were designed to be a believable species derived from feline ancestors rather than the primates. Their look was intended to inform the human slang for the race - 'little people' and 'furries (fairies)'. Over the years I developed an extensive back-story for both the elfen and Caeci herself, and she became, and still is, a regular subject for both my illustration and writing. Here she seems to have almost a Native American look about her clothing. With all my fantasy characters, I like to try to keep the clothing and accoutrements believable in terms of texture and design - I also like to incorporate decoration in the way of quilting or embroidery, just to give a weight of texture to the picture. Pencil on cartridge paper - approx 140mm x 230mm.

Published More than a year ago

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