It seems like the only art I do recently is for Seventh Sanctum competitions, but what can I say, I just happen to love it.
This one is the Fantasy Fusion contest, where the goal is to draw a generated crossbreed character.
"The sheltered female half-Basilisk crusader searching for purpose. Her wardrobe is unconventional. Her non-human ancestry is very obvious and not-concealable, but not particuarly disturbing."
Asadar is a female half-basilisk who lives in the caves near the ocean of some fantasy country. She's a caring and compassionate sort, so she wears a cloth around her eyes so that she doesn't kill the butterflies that sometimes wander into her cave. One day, as she's carefully watching the ocean, she sees a prince on the beach running and jumping. She immediately is fascinated by him and his legs-- her snake tail had been the only thing she'd known all her life. She admires the prince, and immediately fell in love with him.
Asadar goes to visit her mother, who is her monster half. Her mother says that she can make Asadar all human, but her deadly sight would still be intact. Only marriage to the prince would give her human sight. However, if the prince marries someone else, she will die. Asadar agrees, and her mother gives her legs.
Asadar finds her way toward the princes castle, and the prince immediately takes in the strange, bald, supposedly blind girl. Asadar does not tell the prince of her lineage for fear of frightening him away, and neglects to tell him why her eyes are always covered.
In the following weeks that Asadar is at the court, she falls more and more in love with the prince, and he begins to tell her all his secrets. He trusts her, and she soon becomes his best friend. Asadar is sure that they will be married and her deadly sight will be no more until the prince tells Asadar that he is to be married to the daughter of the next kingdom over. Asadar is heartbroken, and runs away and removes her blindfold to cry. The prince's father, the King, comes into the room and is immediately killed by her deadly sight.
The prince, now king, is under more pressure than ever to marry, and chooses the neighboring princess. Asadar's mother meets her daughter on the beach and tells her if she kills the prince with her sight, she will live and not die. Asadar goes to the princes room, and is about to wake him when she realizes she couldn't. At sunrise, she turns into a bunch of butterflies and flies away over the ocean.
// Little Mermaid much?
I love taking old fairy tales and putting a new spin on them-- I figured taking something that was not as beautiful as a mermaid and going for the same story would shake the themes up a little bit.
Anyway, I'm submitting this on the last day of the contest so I hope it gets accepted (shotdead). But here it goes! Hope you like it!