There should be no surprises here. It started with Balon, it proceeded with Rayacha Chajaran, and now we are here with Lana Zfhi. I commissioned Erika Hollice, of course, to finish the ‘set’ and to bring Lana Zfhi to artistic life.
I had a somewhat strong image going in of what this picture of Lana Zfhi would look like:
Some of that was held, and some things changed as I saw Lana Zfhi come to life.
Poses, poses, poses!
This was actually pretty tricky for me to rationalize and articulate over. Ostensibly, these poses were what I wanted…but…well, as I should have expected with regards to Lana Zfhi, my mind changed.
But anyway, here were my comments:
What I did with Lana in TMOL was against my initial expectations so this could be no different. Lana Zfhi, rendered beautifully, needed to not be cautious or weak, but strong.
And here Lana Zfhi is, far more confident! This revised sketch nailed it. Dress, choker, eyes, head, pose…bam. Onto the color!
It was at this point did I realize something big was missing. HER TAIL! I don’t know how we missed it…. Sigh.
Asides from that shocking realization… WOW! Rainbows! The eyes! It was all coming together and was quite thought provoking. I had a few color suggestions/questions:
Erika then came back to me with a tweaked version…tail added, dress color changed, and background inverted. Also face was modified slightly.
It was fantastic! Only comment I had was to make the tail lighter. It looked so good!
And here is the final, wonderful version:
It’s truly glorious and magnetic to behold. Lana Zfhi definitely does defy expectation. What I thought I wanted going in was not what it turned out to be and that’s OK. Lana Zfhi looks proud, strong, slightly mad, and positively radiant in the almost-divine-way she was. Radiant in her mundane whiteness, glowing with rainbows from the Spider of Light… It works. It works so well.
And so the set of three is done thanks to Erika Hollice! She brought each one of the characters to life in potent glory. Thank you so much!