"Beside him, Dagg went rigid, his nostrils wide. "It's pans," he whispered, strangled. "I can smell them. Fly!"
Jan felt the muscles of his friend beside him bunch. "Stand still," he hissed, "or they'll see you."
Dagg hesitated. But Jan felt strangely, perfectly at ease. He wanted to see - he had to see - what would happen next, and he would not have Dagg bolting and spoiling it. The pans were coming into the glade.
They moved in a long file, a whole band of them, and made themselves into a Circle. Crouching and lounging, they faced inward. Jan saw small ones, weanlings the size of hares, and old ones, gaunt and gray-flanked among the rest, not just the slim, strong half-growns and warriors that had attacked them earlier. And then, within the Circle under the moon, three pans began to dance. Goat-footed, high-stepping, they moved and swayed.
"They dance," Jan murmured, with a little start of surprise."
- Birth of the Firebringer
With this piece, I decided to go with a more traditional illustration, which I may also do for a few more subtle scenes, in a style similar to illustrations you see in classic novels.
The main drawing I did in pen and ink, and added the color and parchment texture in Photoshop, just to give it an aged look. Pen and ink is quite a challenge, but I really enjoyed doing it.
For those of you who've been waiting for more firebringer art, thank you for your patience. I'll get the next one posted as soon as I can.
Firebringer Trilogy (c) Meredith Ann Pierce
Artwork (c) Nekkyo Usagi (Me)