Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Noantri Lantern

This may look a bit Chinese, or more likely Art Nouveau, but it's a ceremonial lantern from my world of the Noantri. These lanterns, in many different shapes and sizes, are used in night festivals and as astral beacons to guide "soul travelers" during the year. The framework is metal, with glass set into it, and it opens at the widest part for re-installation of the psychic (or conventional electric) lighting device. The lanterns can also be adapted for traditional candles and oil lamps. This one is fairly large, about 12 inches high, and would be the heirloom of a family over many generations.

Drawing is technical pen ink on sketchbook page, colored in Photoshop, 4" x 3", December 30, 2014.


Tristan Alexander said...

Is this inspired by or based on an actual physical object? It would be cool to see this made by someone who works in metal and glass.

Pyracantha said...

Tristan, this is purely imaginary but I would love to see it made by a craftsman. It would be quite a job to do but not impossible. The light could be an LED to give it that eerie purple glow.