I've been illustrating the work of my friend Katherine Kurtz for years…decades in fact. She has written an extensive collection of books set in her medieval fantasy world of Gwynedd, and I have been following them with drawings, paintings, and fan art. This piece is a portrait of Kelson, the teenage king of Gwynedd, whose Deryni wizard heritage and powers as a magical king surface in Kurtz' first trilogy. I will openly admit that Katherine's magic and magical world were a major influence on my own world of the Noantri, although mine is set in a modernist era. And so far there are no exploding volcanoes in Katherine's tales of magic and adventure.
King Kelson is ink on illustration board, 8 1/2" x 10", May 1993. It would be interesting to colorize this drawing in Photoshop but it would be a lot of work too.