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Well I spent about 3 hours on the Narnia movie website this morning watching and rewatching all their clips on the making of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and just tinkering about on the site. I am truly excited about the film and it just made me really hungry to draw Aslan. I adore the broody/moody colors used on the website and in a lot of posters/concept images for the film so I was definetly inspired by what I saw and thus my chosen colors.

The idea is Aslan simply guarding Narnia and even in frigid frozen tundraw under the White Witch's rule he will bring light and life in his passing. This is also dedicated to all the people I know that have been facing some very difficult life situations. Even in the darkest hour there is hope.

All right I shall stop being sappy now.

Technical details...really it is a quick unplanned speed painting. I should have probably taken more time to develop the concept and work on perspective and design etc but honestly I just wanted to paint. I didn't want to take anything serious or make it perfect and flawless (and flaws abound there are!). I just needed to paint..thats all.

Tools: ps 7 simple brushes
Time: err really don't know..I multitasked so probably 3-5 hours
Size: 3100x4500 pixels (started smaller though as I didnt expect it to go anywhere)
Prints: yes, larger prints available through me if there is interest.
Critique: serious ideas are welcome but since this is a quick piece I am unlikely to work on it again. However I welcome suggestions for future pieces.
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Revanchist Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Wrong will be right when Aslan comes in sight
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more.
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.
MissSunflower Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
this is the best pic of aslan, well at least in my opinion, that I have ever seen :D he looks regal, but still kind :)
Silver-Zabrak Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can really feel the emotion in this picture. Awesome job!
werewolfsfan Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
InsanityBunneh Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student Photographer
Narnia is one of my favorite movies, and your fanart of Aslan is absolutely amazing. Great job. ^^
angel234567 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
That's who I thought it was. It really DOES look like Aslan. =3
dariusdragon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Ok. I know you probably get a million comments a day, but I just needed to tell you that I absolutely love this painting. I know you said that it was just a quick speed painting, but I think that it almost feels even more expressive than some of your other, more developed pieces... not to discount those; they are still amazing. But there is something about the looseness here that just feels very honest. I admire your work and your obvious talent, but this piece has a special power. The warm radiant light from His body, contrasting the icy cold colors in the sky and castle just emits the character of Aslan and the story of Narnia. You have done C.S. Lewis justice here, even though it may not be technically correct, the spirituality of the painting shines. I definitely think you would produce an excellent fully rendered version. Thank you for painting and posting it.
wyldhart1395 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Yay Aslan! XD Awesome piece.
JayfeatherForeverFan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
=( I have to draw this guy for the book club I'm in, and I suck at drawing.
LE0PATRA Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
How do you make him look so realistic when it's speedpaint? Are you planning to do a tutorial, may I ask? ^^;
HolyMolyBatman Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Brilliantly done! I'm sure you've already heard this a lot but the first thing I thought was "Aslan!"
Cosmi2 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is what I've been looking for all night. I need some hope and comfort right now and this makes me feel peace. Thank you.
balaa Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Im truly glad I could create something that brings folks comfort. Thank you for your comment and I hope whatever is ailing you in life rights itself soon.
Cosmi2 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you =)
Daaakota Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
Great colors.
moodyblues Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Hobbyist
I got shivers looking at this. Beautiful work!
SpottedFlicker Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Wow! I love the colors and shades! I know you worked hard on this one!
Blue-Roan-Comanche Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008
I have no words. Except for that this is an instant fave. It depicts Aslan's power, yet at the same time his peaceful nature. (Sorry...I'm in a poetic/morbid mood today...)
SnarkySidekick Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008   General Artist
Beautiful! It really captures the spirit of the books. I love the juxtaposition between warm & cool. :D
SilverFlameWanderer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Phenomenal! The colors are spectacular and Aslan looks so noble!
HorselessHerder Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
this looks great. i thought it was aslan right when i saw it before even reading.
frankey89 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
he's not a tamed lion ^^
Refeathers1104 Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would you mind at all if I got this as a tattoo?
FaPingMulan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
totally cool, i love it
Spuderific Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
C.S lewis sure chose the right animal for Aslan.
CharacterTamerSteph Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your Aslan pic is lovely. I like how it came out. This is one of the most beautiful Aslan pics I've seen. :)
lasmita Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
Yes Aslan! I've have read all Narnia books! Narnia is awesome!:w00t:
Thats beautiful artwork you know!
ZsofiaGyuker Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
JEAikman Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
before i even read it, i knew it was aslan, he's just soooooo special, and the best thing about him " He's not a tame lion" quote from narnia
sweetmary037691 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
very beautiful
Feantalia Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey i love this pic it remindes me of the movie The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe ^_^ great job (big fan for your work)
proovja Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Allpha Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, i just love Aslan, gr8 job!
seagull49-er Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
Love lions! I can't draw them...but I hope to some day. ^_^
Child-of-God Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
I too, LOVE the Narnia film and can't WAIT to see the next movie! Wonderful job on capturing aslan! He's my favorite. :D
WisheWing Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
This is beautiful - and funnily, this picture is making a lot of sense to me. Im going through an awful family situation at the minute - and its only gonna get worse :(

Thanks for this :)
Qutey Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
You know, I saw this in small view and I thought that makes me think of Aslan! Then I read your note! Lovely job, I adored those books as a kid.
k-ee-ran Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
aaaah!! this piece is so amazing!! :love:
great job, mate. the color balance was done marvelously, and the subject matter is just AWEsome. :aww:
AlexFloh Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Cheshire94 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007
you should set all your pictures as prints! You could make a fortune!
kyubigirl Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
COOL :clap: :boogie: I wish I could draw like you. :raincloud:
MidnasShadow Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
^_^ That is beautiful!!! You have an amazing talent!!
braveheart06 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
This is great! :)
AuroranWings Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006  Student General Artist
This is stunning. Awe-inspiring! You make me want to draw Aslan, too! And I love the idea behind it, too. The 'sappy' stuff that you were talking about. =P I think it sounds great.
I love the colours and the mood of the picture, and Aslan looks amazing. This looks wonderful! x3
Angel20 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006
I Love it it looks so cool. It reminds me of Narnia.
PanDemoniumAeon Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
RainDreamer13 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006  Student
The colours are perfect and you have brought out Aslans character, I love the movie it made me cry!
Wonderful artwork
CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Dark colors, cool moonlight, and fiercer warm "fore"-lighting give this piece a strong sense of drama, of tension. I actually like the slightly sketchy feel; I think it adds vitality that polished pieces sometime lack. Great work, thanks for sharing!
Insanitywithapencil Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
meep ;-; its so lovely! *faves*
kyranthia Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
That is amazing. I love the Narnia story and you captured Aslan so well!
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