'Kay, summer idling on and not till now (well, yesterday) did I hear of this contest. Not that I'm experienced in these matters - I gave Dominance War a try but other projects kept coming in the way, and that's the full grand extent of my painting-contest experience. Anyhow, by the vagaries of mind, near enough at once I had an idea!
Okay, so, the concept is that this girl here has actually sculpted the swan she's holding, and a few other besides that'll lie littered around her, and by magical means is now... well, turning the sculpture alive. Might not go with this girl - my first plan was to have a more... aah... wild woman, though I derailed. So much for carefully planning everything before I go to business. Well, all can't become a Bouguereau... though I'd love to challenge myself to go in that direction, anyway.
So, well, the thought behind it all, then, has to do with... well. I read somewhere that black swans are sort of a symbol of things that are thought not to exist - till Australia was explored, swans were white, period - but all of the sudden, here they are. Next I thought I'd add in just a couple of, mm, failed or broken sculpture-"corpses" in the back just for eeriness. Which I realized was a bit interesting, what with artsy-making now and then being compared to birth-giving, and we all know the astronomical odds for us at all being around here in the 'verse, don't we? So maybe we're all a sort of black swans?
I expect to hammer away on anatomy for a long while before I go into refining it. I'm also worried that whatever idea I had for composition has somewhat deteriorated - so, I hope it'll all change quite a bit. Comments - duh - most welcome!