Art for Olde Fae

For the last two years, Rachel Quinlan, friend, artist and founder of the Changeling Artist Collective has been developing a card game. Olde Fae may be based on the classic children’s game, Old Maid, but the artists of the collective have transformed it into something magical! Each artist chose a symbol and will come to no surprise I chose the Owl for my pair of fae. I decided I wanted my Owl fae to be more owl than humanoid. The result is a little creepy, which is in keeping with the nature of the fae.

Seelie Owl Fae - Sun Keeper

From Portrait Sketch to Card

Unseelie Owl Fae - Moon Keeper

From Portrait Sketch to Card

The Kickstarter campaign for Olde Fae is nearing it’s 4th Stretch Goal! Don’t miss out! As of now, we do not have plans to run a second printing of the game. You can reserve your copy on Kickstarter here: http://kck.st/2D5W8u0

Reinterpreting Mythology

Harbinger (left) and Raven Queen Rising (right) were painted only months apart in early 2017. I'd like to say this was planned in advance, but sometimes my subconscious gets the better of me and I paint on auto-pilot. It was only after the Raven Queen was finished that I realized what I'd done. Many of the colors seen in the raven's wings are echoed in the Raven Queen, especially in the background. She herself, is pale like the skull the raven wears around its throat. The two paintings depict the same being in different moments of time.

Though traditionally Morrigan is associated with crows, I decided to stay with the raven. I couldn't get the idea out of my head--the idea of this goddess going into battle only to say, "No more war." I saw her rising up into the sky to shed her corvid form, to break free from her own mythology.

I like to think the goddess might be appalled by the wars of the modern world or maybe she's just grown tired of humankind's lust for blood.

She persisted-- 
Amidst the flames and stars she rose
To shed her wings instead of blood. 
No More War. 

© Amanda Makepeace

Best Space Scene

Dragon Con has come and gone, but I'm still feeling the thrill of those four days in Atlanta. I owe some of that to a few fantastic artists I'm lucky to have as friends, but I also owe it to the generous attendees who took the time to visit my table, buy my art, attend my panels and vote in the Dragon Con Art Awards. I still feel like a newcomer to the world of genre art. It's only been three years since my first Dragon Con Art Show. That first show was also my the first time participating as artist at a convention. But my history with Dragon Con goes back even further.  I attended Dragon Con as a fan in the 90's. In some ways I feel like Dragon Con is MY convention, as I'm sure others do that have been coming here for years and years. So winning an award, voted on by the attendees of THIS show, truly touched my heart.

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Thank you all and see you next year!