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This began as a *very* low-res doodle-sketch-thing in Painter Classic. I started with a wing and worked from there, with no real idea where I was going. Since the sketch was so low-res, I increased the size and dpi in PhotoShop so that it would be of a size and quality for printing, and then I inked over the enlarged sketch in Painter. Then I pretty much just played with it from there, exploring what worked and what didn't. I knew early on I wanted a muted green sky and that I wanted the wings to be inky and dark, but I didn't know much else. Except for the linework, I exclusively used the watercolour tool (I'm beginning to quite love that tool), and I used most of the same techniques that I used a a short while ago on 'The Woman of Silk and Steel.' And, as is the nature of Painter Classic, I used only one layer (I thought I was way too dependant on layers, but I'm actually liking using *no* layers a lot better--which is surprising to me:-).
So, what the heck is up with this picture, huh? Well, as I was painting, I figured out that this Angel has been captured and is being used as a very big sacrifice for something--a *desperate* sacrifice (one would have to be desperate to capture a holy creature and slaughter it as a sacrifice...). By the look on her face (which has mostly been lost in reducing this image from its enormous size...grrr...), she's pretty much resigned to her fate.
She's bound at the wrists and ankles, but halfway through painting, I realized that, hey, she's got wings! How come they're not bound, and if they're not, why can't she get away? Well, I reasoned two possibilities, and it's probably a bit of both in reality: for one, if her limbs are bound, she's not going to be able to make a take-off, so all she'd manage to do is flop around a lot and probably just injure herself more, and for another, she's pretty much given up and accepted that she's fated to die as a sacrifice for these desperate people, so she's stopped fighting.
Painter Classic, March 2003; original is 3150 x 2205 pixels
This is the prologue to a novel I've had in mind for quite some time now; you can read the basic synopsis of the story here if you like, so you'll actually have some idea where this is going. I'm a notoriously lazy procrastinator, so you may not see any further chapters of this for quite some time--but the chapters I do finish will be posted both here and my my own website as soon as they're done (I'm only planning on posting up to about chapter three or four, though, because if I can actually complete this thing, I'm going to submit it to publishers for possible publication--which obviously means I don't need to be posting the whole thing up for anyone and everyone with a modem to read:-). As a side-note, this story actually had its beginnings in a drawing I did, which can be seen in my Loth gallery here.