Personal work: Aurora

sepia colored pencil drawing of the maiden, the other and the crone goddess by Kiri Østergaard Leonard

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Once upon a rainy day Thursday, just last month, I did this drawing of the three aspects of the goddess: The Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.

I thought it had potential to become something more, at first I was considering a watercolor piece but with Llewellyn Worldwide’s Green Witch Tarot eating up most of my time currently I ended up picking the safe route and going digital.

As I thought more about the illustration I realized the idea fit with a thumbnail sketch I did in my sketchbook a few weeks before, which tied into a story idea I have been playing around with as a personal project.

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The Maiden, The Mother and The Crone © Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2014

The Maiden, The Mother and The Crone © Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2014

While browsing online I came across a photo of Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights if you will, and that’s how I ended up picking the color scheme for the illustration. Another piece of inspiration for the illustration was the scene in The Neverending Story where Atreyu has to face the Oracle.

I’ve received a lot of good feedback on the Step by Step Process Gifs I’ve been sharing of my tarot cards, so I’ve made one for this piece as well so you can see how it developed. I began with the colored pencil sketch which I scanned and opened in Photoshop, where after clocked out colors and then rendered it to final:

Step by step process of illustration of the maiden, the mother and the crone as the source of Borealis Aurora.

Aurora: Illustration Process

I would love to get into cover illustrations for Young Adult fantasy novels, therefore I am beginning to focus my portfolio more in that direction. For that purpose I did a little book muck up design of this piece. Please click the images to see full size.

Lastly here’s a snapshot from my studio while I was working on the illustration. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this view into my process, please feel free to ask questions or leave comments below, also if you like the art please share it with your friends.

Photo of a digital illustrator's studio

Work in progress.

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Aurora Borealis

Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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