100 Maidens Project and Illustration Friday

Celestial Maiden Fara, 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics

Celestial Maiden Deia, 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics


The topic this week at Illustration Friday is “Lonely” and there are few lonelier than the Celestial Maidens. Whether walking the stars or talking to planets, they walk the heavens and rarely meet. These are the final two in a group of four created for a swap at illustratedatcs.com. The first two can be found in my last post.

I joined that swap as a challenge because I so rarely do people of any kind. But I had so much fun I decided to embark on a new project called 100 Maidens. I figure after 100 I will be much better at drawing women, at any rate! It’s not 100 in 100 days or any madness like that. Just 100 in the next year or so, hopefully a really nice variety (and not 100 young, beautiful blondes, for instance). I’ve got a Flickr set created to collect them.

The one below was created for a trade by someone who liked the second maiden and wanted a version with warm colors. Thanks for visiting!

Maiden Number 5, Pharandra, 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics

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24 thoughts on “100 Maidens Project and Illustration Friday

  1. Abby

    Wow, Cindy, these are extraordinary! Yes, that’s the first thing I thought was how you have said you don’t normally do people. Great concept for the topic.

  2. Elena Caravela

    Really great idea, never would have occurred to me. I love the varied ethnicity of the first three. Exciting project. Looking forward to the next bunch:)

  3. Brandi Powell

    Amazing shapes and colors. I love how you include process shots. I am always wanting to do that but get so wrapped up that I forget to take them.

    – Brandi

  4. Linda Hensley

    I would’ve never thought to put a pattern on a blue face like that. Fascinating! I like the international aspect too. Looking forward to the next 95 :)

  5. Richard Ewing

    I’m glad to see you working the human figure, I assume as you march along on your Maiden Century that you’ll include the full figure as well.
    I like how you’re starting to show the in and out of the forms like cheek bones etc.
    –and I agree, by the end of the set you’ll have made leaps and bounds.
    happens to me all the time.

  6. Claire Wildish

    I think there’s nothing like giving yourself a challenge. Go for it I say! I particularly love Celestial Maiden Fara. She’s very mysterious and has beautiful eyes.

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