So many writers enjoying seeing their work turned into artwork. For me, it fuels me with inspiration to keep going. Recently, I commissioned another piece of art by Andrei Kope, an image from one of my works-in-progress that will likely take me many years to finish.
For those who have read through my earlier blog posts will have seen previous pieces by Andrei, in particular The Mark of Baeya and Melissa the Wolf. Today, I'd like to introduce you to the latest piece by the Romanian digital artist. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Shadow Eagle.
When I commissioned this piece, I will admit that I gave him very little guidelines. I told him that I envisioned a flying eagle with its wings spread wide with four black roses in its talons, the roses bordering between bud and full bloom.
Final Concept Art
When the concept art arrived (shown to the right), I knew Andrei was about to create another masterpiece. The coloured peek preview image arrived and I was blown away. Then arrived the final drawing... There were tears in my eyes.
Granted that the final image doesn't have black roses, but as I continue to stare at the beauty of this image, I have come to agree with Andrei that the red rose would create much greater impact. The final image actually fits wonderfully within my story.
A young woman, struggling to become accepted among the warrior cast of her society, is tattooed in the small of her back with an eagle with four red roses in its talons. The four roses marks her as one of the leaders of the armies when on the battlefield. When the magicians come for her, she rebels and declares to the world who she is her heart. The roses of her tattoo turn black, but her heart grows warmer and more caring. Her capacity to love grows beyond her body, driving her to protect those around her, giving everything of herself to those she loves. She becomes the Shadow Eagle.
This will not be the last piece of artwork that I commission Andrei to do. In fact, I have already commissioned a hawk, and the work he has already down on this image has made me bounce up and down with joy in my chair. I can't wait to see the final piece. And I know that friends of mine have already commissioned him to create other pieces. It will be exciting to see it all.