The world of Darkover featured ideal fantasy women who were tall, beautiful, flame-red-haired, and gifted with magic powers. Thirty-five years later, nothing has changed. Fantasy women are still beautiful, tall, red-haired, and gifted with magic powers. And buxom, too. I am still waiting for nanotechnology to give us the power to re-shape our bodies into anything we want. Then every fantasy female fan will transform into a gorgeous natural redhead with a fabulous figure.
Marla was a fan in Boston who commissioned a Darkovan fantasy character nametag miniature from me. Marla didn't look like this. She was an engineer, though, so she did have magic powers (to make things work.). I took my Darkovan inspiration from the art of the "Pre-Raphaelites" artist movement of the late 19th century. They depicted tall, beautiful, dreamy, red-headed women in long dresses, often in some form of altered consciousness.
Darkovan character portrait nametag is, as always, watercolor on Fabriano paper, 2 1/4" x 3 1/2”, Spring 1979.