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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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