Friday, August 1, 2014

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen by Kelsey Hamersley. Acrylic. April 2014.

"She was beautiful but all made of ice: cold, blindingly glittering ice; and yet she was alive, for her eyes stared at Kai like two stars, but neither rest nor peace was to be found in her gaze.
-The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

I painted this as my third assignment for my Illustration Techniques class (Spring 2014). My first two assignments were for the fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon, (see Project One here and Project Two here) and were created mostly with pen & ink and watercolor, with only a little acrylic. So for the third project I decided to shake things up a bit and try some acrylic, while still keeping with the fairy tale theme. I've only done a couple of fantasy paintings solely in acrylic before, one in late 2012 and another in late 2011, so I figured it was about time! Plus I thought acrylic would lend itself well to painting all that snow.