Size: 9x13 inches
detail closeups and prints: -here-
Basis for this one is Chinese classical court dance. According to Satyr:
The image is drawn from the tale of the esteemed poet Shangguan Wan’er, who judged two of her fellow poets from the top of a tower in order to find the one who best captured the essence of the coming night. “No need to worry that the bright moon will fade,” said the wining poem; “the pearl of night is soon to arrive.”
Some of the initial sketches.
Couldn't decide between the two poses at first, so I tried them both out.
Settled on the left image. Refined and transferred the sketch to the illustration board.
Color rough digitally, to get some of the basic tones and a general concept for the colors of the piece.
In progress painting: