This is my contribution to *Moemai
's soon-to-be-released Collective Artbook: Myths and Legends
. Many popular fairytales were already taken when I joined the project, so I chose Ye Xian
, an older, Chinese version of Cinderella, with her tiny feet and embroidered shoes.
I had an idea about the composition from the very beginning, but the colors, well... I didn't expect to use so many hues in one picture. TTvTT This took three weeks on and off! There are parts of it that I really like and some that I don't really understand, because I just went with the flow. Anyway, I've broken an unexpected barrier there, I think.
As for the context, Ye Xian's 'fairy godmother' was a giant fish, and this image is supposed to symbolize some sort of spiritual bond... Sacrifice, gratitude, unspoken unconditional things. Yes, weird. Also, it is my little prayer for our waters and the lovely animals that call it home. Please love the ocean.
Belated happy Chinese New Year, everyone! Spotlight. Soul Dice