Thursday, April 11, 2013

Morgaine costume miniature

The prolific and endlessly creative author C.J. Cherryh wrote a series of books in the 1970s and 1980s about a female action hero, Morgaine, and her quest to close time/space gateways that are destroying the fabric of the universe. Morgaine, kind of like an elf, is well over 6 feet tall and has naturally white hair and grey eyes. She and her male companion go through all sorts of perilous adventures in worlds which have reverted to medieval levels of civilization. The series blends fantasy elements with s.f. notions such as a magical (ultra high tech) sword carried by Morgaine. She also carries a blaster pistol.

I designed a costume for Morgaine although it would be difficult and costly to actually build and wear. She's wearing chain mail and leather and has a cape made from the pelt of a polar bear. Cosplayers may have their chance at Morgaine as I have just read that the series has been optioned for film production, perhaps influenced by the huge success of George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones."

Morgaine is ink and watercolor on Strathmore watercolor paper, 5" x 7", fall 1985.

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