Here's another mini-scene from Tanith Lee's epic fantasy. Queen Astaris, who can be seen seated in a canopy on the back of the big red creature, is making a royal procession appearance in her kingdom. She is attended by soldiers in black cloaks and a crowd of nude or nearly-nude dancers as well as slaves and servants groveling as she passes by. Tanith Lee, being a British fantasy writer, had that special national memory of a fabulous lost Empire. Maybe I should read these books again.
Ink and colored pencil on sketchbook page, about 8" x 4", September 1981. Clikforalargervu.