Sad little King
Monday, January 14, 2008

Badger, the way River sees him: a sad little King of a sad little hill. :) River wouldn't be River if she didn't take things a mite literal. So, Badger's very fine hat is the hill, set against on otherwise desolate landscape; just that one bitty 'hill'. I also put Badger on a playing card (a King, naturally): the one visible markers of which are the capital K and the rounded edge at the bottom right corner. I tried to do something special with the image of River. I created the illusion of a 3D border, to look like her portrait (with photo-edges) is hanging on a transparent, orange plexi-glass wall or some such, in the corner of a museum (with the wall to the right pointing right at you). Yet her eyes point you back in the direction of the reality she's 'seeing'. It's, all-in-all, still a simple composition; but it felt somehow very effective to me.



Monday, January 14, 2008 7:55 PM


It always amazes me how much thought you put into your works. Every detail has meaning. I am in awe of your abilities sir. Lovely piece.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 1:15 AM


Thanks, Kayna. :) Coming from you, that means a lot!

I actually changed it a bit. The letter 'K' was too big and not entirely properly placed, as it needs to be shifted up a bit (as it's supposed to be in the upper left corner, and part of the upper end of the card is falling off the top edge). Here's the restored version:

Also, I forgot to mention yesterday, but see that darkish area to the right of the hat? It's actually the hat's shadow. But you have to pull way back to see it. And then, suddenly, it's like the hat is lying on a floor, casting a shadow on a back wall, with a kinda muriel of Badger on it. Again, all these effects are meant to give you a museum feel, all depending on whay part of the image you're looking at. With River's messed-up sense of reality as it is, I deemed it quite appropriate to try out this reality play on a picture starring our fav crazy person. :)

I've also been thinking about cleaning up the hat some. And I even have a version with an entirely smooth hat. But the longer I look at it, the more convinced I am that it's exactly the way it needs to be.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 2:58 PM


Very creative use of pictures and quotes. Very extremely, shiny, well-done. I ask for more and will pay with cashy money or credits.


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