This is fairly close to how I imagined Tadzio from Thomas Mann’s “Death in Venice.” As always, something was lost from the initial sketch.
Soooo many mixed feelings about this piece. I finished it back in March, but was so disappointed that I kept it stuffed away for ages without wanting to do anything about it. A substantial amount of planning went into the composition, but I didn’t think far enough beyond that, so the actual painting turned out so, so lackluster.
Kakaner and I went to see one of the special theatrical screenings of The Last Unicorn back in September; of course I had to draw some yoo-nee-cohns (say it like the skeleton! yooooooneecohn, Haggahd!) while we were listening to the pre-show Q&A with Peter Beagle himself. And then we went into the lilac wood, and I cried a lot, on a sympathetic Kakaner’s shoulder.
Playing with some sketches from spring of this year. Mama Q (the burly one) is a street boss of sorts; Tea-Girl (not sure if that’s really her name, but it seems to be sticking) is her girlfriend. They’re from the same story as the salt dogs.