Monday, September 18, 2023

Ophiomornous Portrait - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

I am thrilled to share another new piece from The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia. This illustration is for Book Two: The Completed Circle. This will be a character portrait accompanying one of the short blurbs at the beginning of a chapter. I shared more about these with the first post focused on these portraits. With most of these, I have an idea regarding their voice and placement in the book, but the fun part is that it is not set in stone and may turn into something very different from what I first planned. This time, we revisit a species first shared in book one, Merchants and Monsters. If you are familiar with the first book, then you should remember the Ophiomornous BureaucratI present you with a talkative Ophiomornous (name to come later).

The Grand Bazaar of Ethra Dalia - The Completed Circle
5 x 5 - Pencil, ink, and acrylic paint on paper
Original - SOLD
© 2023 Christopher Burdett

Ophiomornous - Drawing 
5 x 5 - Pencil on paper
© 2023 Christopher Burdett

These are the smallest pieces created for the books. There is something charming about a 5 x 5 image, and I have already framed them up. They look great in a frame and will make an excellent addition to my conventions this year (if you attended Gen Con, then you already may have seen these in person - the next stop will be IX in October). I have begun work on the next batch of these little monster portraits. Here is a look at the sketch for the Ophiomornous to show where it started. Once I have shared all of this first batch, you might notice some Easter eggs in the backgrounds.

Ophiomornous - Sketch 
 © 2023 Christopher Burdett   

That is all for another exciting Monday on the blog. See you back here soon! Until then...  

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