This piece has a bit of an interesting history. I was given a commission to do a dwarf piece, where a dwarf king was kind of contemplating his past and thinking of where he went wrong. So I did a really nice drawing of this; it was right up my alley(and I will eventually paint it also). The art director loved it, but his bosses weren't quite on board. So the art director asked for a dwarf in action. So, while I was away for a wedding, I spent any second at the hotel sketching this image. When I got back home, I sent the image to the art director, but because this back and forth had gone so slowly, mostly between the time of the first drawing and the decline from his bosses, this piece was in no way going to meet the deadline. The piece was cancelled, and I was not compensated, because I had not started painting it yet, as stipulated in the contract. Whatever, I was angry initially, not because I wouldn't get the money, but because I was happy with both images and they would not be published. But that's how it goes sometimes, I think most illustrators have these types of stories.
Anyway, I put this all behind me, and went ahead and painted the piece anyway. Dwarves are awesome! And I'm not gonna just not paint one because I didn't get paid. This is Fægår, (pronounced fay-go) a dwarf warrior that will inevitably walk away from this image, and in the future I will paint him in that throne, looking quite weary and old. I wanted this piece to kind of have that feeling of old sepia toned photos, so when I paint the image of him as an older man, it will seem like he is looking back into his past. Hope you all like it, I will try to finish the other one before Gen-Con.
|Fægår the Fearless, 11"x11", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2012|