Oh, the flames licked her feet and the people they shouted
but the maiden was strong and she saidn’t a word.
And the moment of truth was now finally upon her
By six swans her silent calling was heard… 


The fourth installment of my Six Swans illustration project, depicting the climax of the story: our heroine is sentenced to be burned for crimes she never committed. She uses all her willpower not to scream or cry out in pain as the fire starts to rise, and silently calls out to her brothers. Once the swans come flying in, she throws up the shirts she wove out of starwort and breaks the curse, turning them into humans again.
For such a powerful scene, I wanted to create an equally powerful image. I haven’t counted the hours that went into this, but I think it’s more than in all three previous images combined. The perspective, the architecture and the values drove me insane! You can view the progress of this piece here.

Because THIS GUY. Just. This guy. 
To all the people that convinced me to start watching BBC’s Sherlock: I love you. But gawd I hate you. But I love you. There is so much to love about this show. It’s the writing, the acting, the amazing video direction, the mind games, the music… it makes me feel all these feels. 

The past couple of weeks I’ve been fighting the urge to make this portrait because I had to do homework instead, but I always ended up doing neither. So I figured I’d just… get it out of my system, then. ^^ I worked from a bunch of really shitty reference photos I kind of puzzled together, so that was an extra challenge. 

Now I’ll just leave this here, wrap myself in my shock blanket and sleep for a couple of days because I only got about 4 hours in last night (which may or may not have been because of the season finale). 

[made in Adobe Photoshop CS5 in about… 7 hours? 8? Damn you and your cheekbones, Benedict Cumberbatch.]