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“The Stars’ Welcome” by Carol Lyon (Windrider)

by Windrider

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2009 Fan Art Calendar:  COVER

Medium:  Watercolor and gouache on illustration board
Original Size:  11.5" x 14"

Posted March 12, 2009, 06:58:48 PM
April 29, 2009, 03:47:12 PM
Skywise, Timmain, Wolf, Magic

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"Into Another World"… “The Stars’ Welcome”… "The Approach­ing Sto… "Greeting the Dawn"…
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Comment #1 - Posted March 18, 2009, 11:27:48 AM
This picture is just stunning....so much detail, so much depth and story.  I just keep coming back to it. I can't imagine Wendy herself drawing a calendar cover that captured this better. ("this" = skywise + timman + the stars and all that they mean to the elves)  I love all your covers, but this one takes it to another level.


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Comment #2 - Posted March 21, 2009, 05:40:24 PM
Thanks for the high praise, comparing me to Wendy!

This started off as a sketch for my own "Favorite Moments" calendar (along with the Father Tree centerfold from Full Circle and about six other images so far).  It would have got used for that Fan Calendar if Nienna hadn't come up with an equally good choice for the cover.  This is an actual canon incident from Hidden Years #18, page 7 and 8 on Digital EQ.

But I thought it worked fairly well as the cover for the Magic theme.  Covers should portray the theme in the broadest sense, here there are many types of magic going on - including the very broadest: elves as otherworldly creatures not from the WoTM.

Too bad I was pressed for time and never finished rendering wolf Timmain's fur.   :P


Comment #3 - Posted March 22, 2009, 12:39:12 AM
LUSH! So very, very lush!  This really needs to be a poster image or something.  Also, if you hadn't mentioned it, I'm pretty sure NOBODY would have realised you didn't finish Timmain's fur.  Weirdly though, my favourite part of this piece is the wolf, stag and bird in the top right corner with the planet behind them.  In my mind I can kind of see that being refined further as some kind of graphic element for the three tribes...


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Comment #4 - Posted July 30, 2009, 07:18:23 AM
this is extremely beautiful... it has so many details that all work as symbols. this is, infact, one of the most beautiful pieces in the gallery... sorry if I can't find better words for it, but this really is so stunningly beautiful that I am speechless...
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