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HJ: Through the Dark by JeyBarnes HJ: Through the Dark by JeyBarnes
Those who hang around my sketchjournal have put up with my enthusiasm over this idea for a few weeks now. To the rest of you: Surprise! New project. I'm calling it Hero's Journey.

Our protagonist is a young girl named Rae. The story follows the age-old "hero's journey" formula in the vein of things like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars--the quest of an everyperson traveling across far-flung lands and having many strange, frightening, and wondrous encounters along the way.

On her journey Rae meets Dingo, an unhinged but well-meaning fugitive who has escaped a tyrant's dungeon. Rae promises to help him search for a key that will unlock the cumbersome shackle around his neck.

A magic-wielding creature named Robin appears at key points along the way and helps Rae with clues, useful items, and advice.

Eventually Rae and Dingo meet the child prince Petya, and find that the fate of the world hinges on his salvation.

REALLY, this started as an excuse to have an alternate universe in which just about any of my characters could pop up (largely inspired by Kingdom Hearts, which somehow managed to have Winnie the Pooh and Squall from FFVII in the same story without seeming totally surreal). It is entirely just-for-fun and the cliche/vague-ness of the story is a non-issue.
Rae is sort of a composite of what I've looked like at different stages of life, though personality-wise she's more her own person. Robin is based on my old imaginary friend.
If you want to read more behind-the-scenes type stuff, check my sketchjournal. (I friends-only it 'cause I'm shy, but I'll add pretty much any commenter!)

More illustrations sooner than later!
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MRZ-Tonks Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wicked piece!! :D:D:D Love it!!
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DarkerPersnicketer Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Student General Artist
Aw, that looks so cute~ ^^

Gorgaous watercolours. . .
And I love the little floating thingie!
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Fernheart95 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Student General Artist
this is really good. what is hero's journey?
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's a project I started that brings together ALL of my characters (and some of my friends' characters) together in a fantasy setting, including ones from dramatically different backgrounds and stories. Basically I use it to have fun with alternate-universe designs and to explore the archetypes that my characters fit. It's a lot of fun. : D
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Fernheart95 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Student General Artist
i bet it is. it's really interesting. i thought it was a video game or something, lol. but the character designs that i've seen are really amazing.
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again! I actually want to present it as though it's concept art for a video game. I even want to design a logo! Hopefully over winter break I'll find the time and energy. :dance:
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Fernheart95 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Student General Artist
ahhh, i see. that's really creative.
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Spilled-Sunlight Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Student General Artist
The use of purple is beautiful! :D
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's probably my most overused shade when I do watercolors. :D
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Spilled-Sunlight Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Student General Artist
Yeah, purples and blues and GREAT for shadows :D
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