The Burning Hedge
A tiny drawing, just the half the size of a small postcard, but the valkyries appear in several of my kaleidoscope designs.
Actually, the two lower ones will come up on their own later on, coloured for easier interpretation. I think I learned a lot about digitally colouring my designs while dealing with these beasts…
The basis for this design is one of the two commissioned work I’ve done to date, it is the cover for the Hungarian edition of Patricia McKillip’s amazing In the Forests of Serre, I love the drawing, and what makes it even more special is that I got to do the translation as well: now that is something special, right?
At first I only did a black and white kaleidoscope series, but wasn’t really satisfied with it, so later I tried colouring it, and whoosh, the flames flared up and it came to life!
Parts of the black and white designs exist as stand-alone ornamental motifs.
More of my favourite valkyries. Fun fact: I used one of my own ancient photos as a toddler as a reference for the expression on her face. Not that anyone would recognise it…
More dogs: the knotwork design and its use.