dElfcember, days 1 through 8

So I fell into another drawing challenge ^^;

I am very, very busy with commissions right now, but I’m going to do what I can to squeeze these in for fun in-between. As you might have guessed, I’m leaning towards world-building for “Tock the Gnome” again (….<3 ) but any spoilers will be tagged/noted and I will probably include a good smattering of Tolkien-style Elves (and maybe some “Elfquest” ones too!).

Here we go! Prompt list from @monicamarinhoart.

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Day 1, “Holly.” – also counting as 12/2’s Sunday Gnomedays.

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Day 2, “Tea.”

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Day 3, “Reindeer.”

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Day 4, “Winter Elf.”

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Day 5, “Pine Tree.” (Available with bonus information for “Tock the Gnome” World Building Wednesday here!)

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Day 6, “Snow.”

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Day 7, “Moon.”

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Day 8, “Owl.” – Our first specifically Tolkien-style Elf of the challenge!

Aaaaaand Bonus dElfcember available here for patrons, in the form of this month’s Thank You drawing

(Today’s Sunday Gnomedays will be up later today. Doing my best to get back on track with that and other regular posts, including Tock’s World Building Wednesday.)

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“Eurydice in Hades”

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As previously posted looooooong ago in WIP form:

Pencil work, "Eurydice in Hades," personal piece

This was inspired by Emily Carding’s “Faery Craft”– specifically the section on Faery Zodiac. I fall in the “dryad” section, so of course the tale of Eurydice sparked wonder in me – I’d heard it before, of course, but this time I wondered what her existence is like AFTER Orpheus loses her again. She’s still in the Underworld, after all, and I can’t imagine that a strong, fae woman such as herself would just wait around until her husband shows back up.

Since my gnosis of Persephone includes Her care for damaged, hurting souls – Sketch – Persephone and the Dark Heart – I imagine that after her “rescue” is unsuccessful, Eurydice finds comfort in the care of Persephone, having to mourn her loss of life again, but also wanting to move on. And through that, she finds new purpose in however a creature of the trees would still be able to reach out to nature. Through roots, through growing, nurturing seeds in the darkness of the soil. And maybe through that, her beloved bard can still feel her presence too, and have faith that they WILL be reunited even if his desperate plan didn’t work out.

(Throwing my hat in for female autonomy AND True Love, as always ❤ )

I am very, very satisfied in my heart that this piece is finished. Not the least of which because I finally got to feature Persephone in Her “Queen of the Underworld” gown, and that this is another Faerie-devotional piece after not much time to devote to such things! I very much hope you enjoy it, too.

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WIP – Eurydice in Hades

Pencil work, "Eurydice in Hades," personal pieceWork in progress on a personal piece.

I’ve been reading Emily Carding’s “Faery Craft” lately and trying to do the suggested activities (much more slowly than planned). One of the chapters covers a Faery Zodiac based on the four elements and Fae creatures. Mine fell into the Dryad section, Eurydice. It was also suggested that one create something about their connection to their Faery Zodiac (what resonates with you, etc.) so of course I had to take a shot.

I went and reread her myth, and found that she’s not very active or present in it at all, since its more about Orpheus’ quest (and failure) to return her to life because of his OWN heartbreak. That got me thinking a lot about HER, what she might have felt and how she might have been more accepting of her fate than he was. How as a Dryad, she was already a bit connected to the Underworld – through her roots – and how her connection to nature wasn’t necessarily broken by her death. And of course, how Persephone might take kindly to her. Which of course means my Gnomish version of her, as far as the art goes.

I’ve been working on this bit by bit for several months, and just recently started the inkwork. Hoping for full color once its done.