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The Goblin Queen by shadowgirl The Goblin Queen by shadowgirl
Who is this? And what is here?
And in the lighted palace near
Died the sound of royal cheer;
And they crossed themselves for fear,
All the Knights at Camelot;
But Lancelot mused a little space
He said, "She has a lovely face;
God in his mercy lend her grace,
The Lady of Shalott."
(Lady of Shalott quote)

The Black Queen of Arkadia - a story I am working on with my husband... She is the Queen of creatures, woven out of myth and cobwebs, and had been asleep for centuries too long, thanks to the greed of her absolute twin, The White Queen.

Something awakened her...

She calls the Hunt on a strange boy who wishes to join their Court, and is... stunned, by his abilities to turn away her powers of creation, so she ends up using the Hunt to distract her sister and steal him away all for herself.

Not a scene out of the story, but more of HER portrait, her sadness, and uncaring for that which is around her. Nor do you (the viewer) din to see the whole of her face, for what are you but a mere mortal?

To see some more writing and art for this, please go here: [link] thanks!
prints available at the site: [link]
edited, old one: [link]
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ParenthesisX Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Photographer
This is incredible.
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4cross7he5ky Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
This is just so gorgeous...
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DarkAmethyst87 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student General Artist
This is excellent, I love artwork with story behind it.

At first glance while noticing the title I thought of a poem called "The Goblin Market" by Christina Rosestti. In the painting I thought of Laura who bought the fruits of the goblin men, following the same footsteps as her sister, Jeanie, who also accepted their offerings. Every night she'd return to the glen to listen for their return.

It's a long poem in the form of a short story published in 1862 that was not meant for children, yet written -for- children. XD
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shadowgirl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooh, I'm going to have to look this up :)

There will be a goblin market, but that part hasn't been fleshed out enough for me to work on yet. Been kind of just doing them here and there as I have time.
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skycladarts Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, very Charles Vess! Beautiful work!
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TOBIluvr001 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this ALOT. Good job :D
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Lecta Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
I love how the colors of this piece look earthy yet they still have this other-worldly glow. I also really enjoy the little goat-like guy who's reaching up for the elf woman's hand.
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Katj Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
What a beautiful painting! Such a lovely scene, great paintingstyle and I love the colours too. They are really earthly and nocturnal, which I think suits the subject very well. I honestly wish I could paint like this.
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shadowgirl Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Practice Practice Practice :)
Every year I get a "I need to do better than last year piece" and this was her. This took me two months of forcing myself to push it just a hair further, 3 or 4 people giving me suggestions on where to take her. Plus even the sketching before hand took a very long time before I got it all right :)
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Katj Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
I think that's a great idea, the 'better than last year piece' I may steal your idea for my photos! Will be a good drive.. :)
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shadowgirl Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's not really stealing :) It was maybe one of a few 'lessons' I learned from college! My favorite painting teacher Tim Doud always said the moment you get comfortable with what you're doing (as in it comes easy to you), it's time to learn something new and push a little harder.
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Katj Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Very true, must be a good teacher!
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xXxMiZuMiXmIkOxXx Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
like.. wow. oh my gosh.. this is amazing dfjskl <3 <3 <3
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Astera-T Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Beautiful, delicate and mysterious...I am a very privileged mortal to catch a glimpse of the Queen. Great job! :)
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shadowgirl Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
She's still one of my favorites to have created, for sure. And extremely picky on how she wanted to appear too. I had a few other alternates, but this was the ONLY one that screamed at me to finish. Funny how the rest, she was looking at us, but it just didn't have the feeling that it really needed:)
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Astera-T Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
I completely agree. This version perfectly depicts the feeling you were going for in your description. :)
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
so beautiful! I love the watercolor! beautiful muted color.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the update.
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vashley Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
wow beautiful <3 gorgeous concept
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mygoodrabbit Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
The limited color palette really works here; the way you've used ranges of brown and blue to carve so many of the little silhouetted goblin shapes into/out of the scenery adds so much to the feel of the piece.
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shadowgirl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This one was definitely difficult:) One of my friends suggested I really try to push the darkness in this, specially since I tend to only do light and airy.
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TenderlySharp Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
wonderful color and sense of adventure
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mothfly Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
at last :excited:
gosh, it's perfect in every detail :glomp:
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Musul Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
beautiful as always :)
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
The concept for this is just fascinating. You definitely have my interest tweaked to read your story for more. I've always loved the surreal narrative style of your work and I think this image really encapsulates all that I love in your stuff. :love:
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shadowgirl Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
hopefully we can get back to it at some point :) part 1's done, i might start really digging into it over the summer for working on images, too.
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Quaddles-Roost Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I`ve featured this in my latest journal [link] :iconifeelfluffyplz:
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shadowgirl Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Thanks
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Asherah-Seren Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Waaah, wonderful, absolutely beautiful!:love::heart:
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pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Softly haunting.
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SeeThrou Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
This is a lot darker than I thought it would be in the end. It still has a deep and wonderful impact though I miss some of the energy your drawing conveyed. I will be keeping an eye on you and your project - best to you and your husband. You have an incredible imagination and it shows in all your work.
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shadowgirl Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yea, I'm not 100% done with this, but I realized I hadn't really updated this gallery in almost 2 months. I was very near to throwing this painting out a few weeks back because I didn't like where it was going, so a friend and I fiddled with it until it was almost midnight. This actually may not even be dark enough, but for the moment it's staying put until I get more free time:)
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ascer Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the dark background and the tree with the Queen in the middle ... and the way you worked with light, detail and focus to guide the viewers eye right to her. Finally, you created a deep atmosphere which transports the dark and sad mood ... great work!
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shadowgirl Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks:) This was a tough one for me because I usually stick to very bright, airy scenes.
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