Illustration Friday is 'cold' this week.
At first i was pondering on penguins and some of the arctic whales for the idea of cold this week but this week I felt i wanted to do something more fanciful.
It didn't take long to come up with a real idea since I had been thinking about the story of the Snow Queen earlier in the week. It seemed obvious that she would make a good painting for the idea of 'Cold.
She was of the ice; clothed in Ice and snow and had the coldest heart, made of solid ice. I wanted to play with the extremes of facial features and make her face look as much like an icicle as possible, without going over the edge into cariacature. I also wanted her to remain beautiful since the Snow Queen is coldly beautiful - as beautiful as an iceberg or glacier. She is the very opposite of queens such as the Queen of Hearts who seem comfortably rounded, bustly and smelling of warm kitchens and baked tarts filled with jam.
I think i've made her more sympathetic than many people because i can see why she wanted the company of Kay; why she craved a warm and clever child to help her pass the time in her castle of ice. Of course she could only keep him by half changing him to ice and removing the bits of him that had appealed to her in the first place.
When i first read the story of the Snow Queen, I think i empathised very much with Gerda - the older and wiser sister who had to rescue the younger brother from himself. I think my youngest sister was born around that time [I'm the oldest of four girls] and i think the idea of a resourceful older sister was something i felt i had to live up to.