Narnia has been a very influential place throughout my life. I remember as a young lad watching the Narnia BBC version and falling immediately in love. After reading the books, I realized that I would be a fan for the rest of my life. Up until this point, I have not explored the ideas of Narnia in my art. I’m currently listening to the audio series by Focus On The Family’s “Radio Theatre” If you are a Narnia fan and haven’t listen to this series yet, stop what you are doing right now and get it. I’m not kidding.
Aslan is a brilliant character in this series. I could go on and on about how I love the parallels between Aslan and Jesus; showing his great strength and power at times, and at other receiving comfort in times of need. This very concept drove me to painting this part of the “The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe,” right before the scene at the stone table. My heart fills with emotion as we watch Alsan grieve in full knowledge of the sacrifice he is about to make.
Here are some of the initial drawings and sketches that led up to the final painting. First, I have my initial sketch of Aslan with the girls. From this idea I built the background and eventually digitally painted a rough color comp. The color comp is my guide for the actually watercolor process. Without this guide I can’t get a good feeling of the emotions and setting I want to portray through color.