Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sarkond the Enchanter line drawing


"Sarkond the Enchanter" is the evil wizard in "The Flame of Iridar." He is another of the stock characters who populate the story. A wizened elder with "Oriental" features, he's dressed in elaborate green robes (Green is a traditional villain color, symbolizing envy and treachery). His belt is equipped with magical tools and devices, suggesting technology as well as sorcery. He helps the hero at the beginning but only so that the hero can serve Sarkond's nefarious schemes. Ultimately, of course, Sarkond meets a bad end. I rather liked the guy notwithstanding, and wondered what made him an Evil character; you never know any of his personal history in the story. But perhaps that level of complexity is too much to ask of this simplistic fantasy.

This is the line drawing base for Sarkond's character portrait. I'll be coloring him in with both Photoshop and markers to see how the style differs. I love drawing these little character portraits, it's just what I want to do, given that I am not producing exhibit-gallery-style painting right now.

Sarkond is black and brown Pitt technical pen ink on sketchbook page, about 3" x 5 1/2", February 4, 2014.

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