Thursday, December 11, 2014

Vinca the archer

Back in the late 1980s I hung out with a bunch of Philadelphia-based fans and role-playing gamers. I didn't play any games, but I was often asked to create portraits of their game characters. This is one of them. A teenage princess who was a crack shot with a bow, she starred in a long-playing game. The "owner" of the character requested that she be shown in a "silly" costume worthy of a fun-loving teenager. Her name was "Vinca" which is the Latin name for the violet periwinkle flower. In order to match the flower color to the character, I made her outfit purple. You can see periwinkle flowers in the background. Vinca's bow and arrows had some magic to them and I added a glow to the point of the arrow she is carrying. 

It's not a very good photograph of the art, I did my best to restore it but the sky and castle have mostly faded away. 

"Vinca the Violet Archer" is acrylic on illustration board, 9" x 11", April 1989.

1 comment:

Robby Baby Dark Poet of Amour said...

The color scheme of the archer plays well against the forest. Very much a fantasy feel here. This work very much does fit what you set out to do/what you described. The glowing arrow tip is a nice touch. You achieved the fantasy element, too, without overstating it artistically.