Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Magician's Nephew

We were assigned to do illustrations for a storybook for out last project in our illustration class and I chose to do The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis. Here is the cover illustration I did for it



Large version

It's of Digory riding Fledge, the newly-winged horse. A lot of people have been confused by the mane on the horse, but I put it thre for 4 reasons:

1. To help keep it warm in the cold, high air
2. To give the rider something to hold on to
3. To give it a visual tie back to Aslan, who gave the horse it's wings
4. To distinguish it from other pegasusi. It needed that little twist to make it my own, and to hopefully make it worth looking at

14 comments:

mclean said...

Like I said in the forum, nice one man! If there's only one thing I would adjust, its the edge of that one cloud just below the horse's hind-legs where the edge is actually kinda hard. I think if it were as soft as the rest of the clouds, you'd be gold! Actually I still think you're gold here. Awesome!

Joseph Wu said...

What cousins! I love it!

sebastian meyer said...

Beautiful! Nice fusion of realistic and stylized elements.

Azure-star said...

Ohhh, stunning. I think the mane suits it very well -- and I love the five point stars you threw in, rofl.

I'm glad he rides with his legs in *front* of the wings... I've always wondered what kind of chafing occurs when people put their legs behind xD

GWhitehall said...

This is great, from the attention to light detail to the brush strokes, well done and alot of fun to see. Great blog you have here!

Suzie said...

I found your blog in a google search for pictures of the evolution of man. Really love that one and this cover of Magician's Nephew as well! Adding you to my feed reader. ^^

(PS: Plural of 'pegasus' is 'pegasoi.' In Greek they spell it 'pegasos' for singular. I majored in ancient languages so the urge to explain classical grammar is wondrous within me!)

-kube- said...

This looks amazing, great work!

Eric Z said...

Man your stuff is amazing! I love it.
This pic in particular is great! Awesome lighting composition and colour!

Wow Gold said...

Very Nice Blog.

Narnianos said...

Hi there! Your artwork is GREAT! I'm from a website dedicated to The Chronicles of Narnia and found your blog through a google search. Just amazing.

Could you give me permission to turn your artwork into a wallpaper? I'd distribute the wallpaper for free in my website - I'm not wondering to gain any money with it at all.

Tom Rhodes said...

Sure go ahead

Narnianos said...

Oh, thank you very much!!!

When I post it, I'll will link it back to you :)

Jerry said...

Excellent rendition to a fave scene of mine. Can't believe noones done this til now! Masterly executed!

RichardG said...

Hi I love this image. I am from a youth theatre staging the magicians nephew in may and would love to use your image for our publicity. Could I have permission to use it? and coudl i get a high res copy of the full pic?
Richard
rgregg@onewithgrace.co.uk