Monday, April 17, 2017

Dyan Ardais and the sweet young thing

Here's more Darkover fan art, starring Dyan Ardais, the villain and sexual predator that fans loved to hate. In this full-page illustration, Dyan is shown with a partner of indeterminate sex and age. He doesn't know this yet, but she's a girl dressed as her own twin brother, in an attempt to win Dyan's affections. Goddess knows what she saw in him, but he was a sharp dresser at least. This image is adapted from the famous Greta Garbo movie, QUEEN CHRISTINA, in which Garbo as a renegade Swedish royal gallivants around her domain disguised as a young man. Once Dyan realizes that this teenager is not a boy, he loses interest in her, which was better for both of them.

Black ink on illustration board, 7" x 10", August 1985. 

Believe it or not I have every fanzine I have ever illustrated. They are sitting gathering dust in a closet, a cultural legacy that only I care about.

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