I've always been fascinated by armor, even when I was a young kid. I used to draw Roman and medieval warriors in the margins of my notebooks. I still love drawing armor and warriors, now with more fantasy or science-fiction influence. This knight is drawn from Renaissance woodcuts of parade armor, which is decorative only and not meant for warfare. This picture is done in what I call my "storybook style" which I've used for miniatures all along.
"Sunflower Knight" was part of a set of little pictures that I whipped up for Balticon in 2001. I would enter a convention with lots of small pictures and a couple of larger ones. Sometimes I would sell them. But nowadays due to many factors, especially my day job, I have not had the time or the energy to produce these pieces. And I cannot count on selling them either. I won't be exhibiting at Balticon this year, and I don't have the money for a weekend's worth of hotel stay either. I may try to show up there only on Saturday, to see my friends, but nothing more, since I work on Sundays. I have a lot of questions as to where my art is going, and no good solution for them right now.
"Sunflower Knight" is ink and watercolor on illustration board, 10" x 8", spring 2001.