A short post regarding a recent work for author Shawn Speakman’s new novel The King-Killing Queen. Shawn had commissioned me to illustrate 9 interior narratives for this novel, and after seeing the final with the unicorn decided for a full color version to use in his Kickstarter campaign for this book.
I immediately recognized that the composition needed to be reworked, to better place a focus upon the unicorn and simplify the value hierarchy. This would provide a stronger graphic presentation to the image which would read more effectively at low resolution when used on the web.
I was also able to communicate a more intimate relationship between the two human figures, and create a moment of recognition with the unicorn.
All in all, a second pass chance at reinterpreting the scene and making for a great painting experience!