Work on a series of paintings for prints led me to the idea of this little goblin-thief, surprised in the act of pilfering something from a household. Here's the road to completion:
The earliest sketch that's survived shows a bit of my initial idea. But I needed some help with the pose, among other things...
...so this mannequin ended up posing for me--in a drawer.
My first thought was that the little fellow would be medieval-ish and stealing some liquor, but this bottle would have been goblin-sized, not human-sized. So I modified it to be a ring, and changed the face...
...and changed it some more. Also bumped the clothing to Victorian.
I traced up the border and cupboard sketch, with a back door in the cupboard...
...which didn't work; too much clutter. So here's the final inked line drawing, without the back door, ready for paint.
A detail of the lettering, and egg-and-dart-woodwork.
And a closer look at a detail of the completed work.
Had him (and a few others) printed up as affordable, premium-quality posters and cards. If you like them, please click on the link below and check 'em out at my online store--I appreciate your support!
Thanks for the visit!