Monday, September 12, 2011

The Champion of Tyr Moel

In this little role-playing world of the Court of Tyr Moel, the Queen's Champion was a heroic swashbuckler girl named Lisa. It was her job to protect the Kingdom and to answer the challenges of warlike rivals. The official colors of Tyr Moel were royal blue and white so the Champion dressed in this livery, including a spiffy (but imaginary) blue hat with a white feather. Lisa was equipped with a number of weapons including a fighting staff. The Siamese cat was a real cat that was Lisa's pet at the time.

This image needed extensive Photoshop restoration. The original photograph was bad and much of the color has faded from these 30-year-old color slides. Lisa still lives in northern Massachusetts and I wonder whether she and the others still have the tiny portraits I made for them.

Lisa's miniature portrait is watercolor on Fabriano paper, 3 1/2" x 5 1/2", fall 1981.


Tristan Alexander said...

I know I have asked before, but have you ever considered doing a Tarot deck?

Pyracantha said...

Tristan: I have considered doing a deck, and I actually did a Major Arcana using an early version of the digital graphics program CorelDraw. My "CorelDraw Tarot" used pop art and post-modern symbolism on the old images.
I would not want to do a "traditional" Tarot as there are so many versions, I don't know what I could bring to it that hasn't already been done.