Murdhuacha of the Kelp Forests – Final

Literary Sketch

She knows the seal peoples coming and going. She watches the battles that brew between a race of the sea and a race of the land. Pollution is bearing a heavy toll on the creatures of the sea, as the creatures suffer the magic is turning darker.
The gentle selkie are not pleased.
Down in the deeps of the kelp forest she makes her home. She does not tolerate strangers well, so beware of bewitched kelp. To avoid the sting and strangle of the kelp you will want to spend much time eating the plants of the sea so your scent and energy are more aligned to them.
She is also extra wicked in her desiring for shining and light filled objects. To win her welcome and get her to share her knowledge you need to use a large fresh water pearl. The properties of the pearl will also calm her temper and bring out her more noble side.

She has been completed for a while now. In some way, I have had a hard time feeling done with this. The painting is done, but it has this half made story in my head that wants a more developed world. I have seen the other creatures in the murky kelp- funky yellow-eyed, brown molting, and decrepit skin things with sharp teeth and eel-like bodies. I need to sketch them out. I will have to explore that world in depth later, in both the sketching and in the literary sense. I’m already thinking it would be fun to develop some amalgamation of a tentacled creature too. I imagine all those limbs being fun to illustrate.

Often, I enjoy testing my creations against the imagination and perception of my children. Children can be brutally honest, but that is a good thing when they find weak areas. They also describe the character to me, and it helps me figure out if I am using the right illustrative language, so to speak.

Hope you are all bathed in much inspiration as the spring unfolds and the year continues to bloom!

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