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Random request week result #2 for :iconkblue00001:

Brief was to create "something with Lucy and Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia? maybe her and Aslan hugging? really anything with them. ...it would also be great if you made them look like how they are portrayed in the movies ... ".

Funny coincidence that I got to draw Narnia-themed stuff again for a random request week (and I got a few requests for other Narnia-related pieces). Not that I mind, I loved the books as a kid. First I wanted to draw the cute little Lucy of the first movie for this, make it a happy hug but the more I thought about Narnia the more I didn't want that. The one thing that always struck me about Narnia was the tough lesson it gave to children on dealing with how to let go and say goodbye. Part of me always wanted to scream that it's not fair, Narnians get to live there always yet the human children visiting once they grow too big they can't go back. When I did the last Narnia request piece with Aslan and Susan I got a lot of comments about how "how could you draw Susan, she's such a traitor/forgot Narnia" yet is denial not just one of many coping mechanisms when you lose something you love beyond all else? It wasn't something the children were told off the bat, for all of them there came a moment when it clicked; that some day all of it would end and they would never see Aslan or anyone else again. So it had to be a slightly older Lucy who would understand the loss.

Brown and white ink, watercolours.
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BrianGriffinForever Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Aslan looks really nice lying down
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ShannonAllAround Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful drawing! 

I agree. Also, I think Susan would eventually join them in the world beyond Narnia when she died. 
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narnianasusan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
lucyyyyyyyy :)
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tmwillson3 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so adorable! :D
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1Jade2 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww I love the Narnia series :love: This is so sweet, I really love Lucy and Aslan's relationship :la:
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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1Jade2 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :D
You really captured both of them :)
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susan-p Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Its a lovely picture. It is sad when they have to leave Narnia but I think that the last book really says how they all get to be with Aslan again and in a new Narnia. So they do end up back together again. :)
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you and yes I got comments about that already, I just didn't remember the last book too well myself as it's such a long time since I read it. :blush:
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TheFossilSisters Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aaaaah! Oh it's so lovely!! I adore how you captures Aslan! Truly mind blowing!
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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Rae-22 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really Beautiful! I think you did particularly well on Aslan, animals are so hard to draw I think, and you did great!
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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Rae-22 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are Welcome!
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HanaFa732 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
BOOKS FOREVER! MOVIES NEVER!!!
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graffiti-blaze Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Aww... I love Narnia so much! And I love this piece. Aslan's face is so... thoughtful? He almost looks worried, or sad about something about to happen. Is he thinking about when she'll have to leave? Oh... now I'm getting all teared up...
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know, I had a little tear in my eye when I was typing out the artist comment. :blushes:
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graffiti-blaze Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
awww <3
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Very beautiful and I agree with your notes! :heart:
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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PrimaryColourz Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anyone know the poem Lyca by Blake? This reminded me of it, really lovely :)
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did not know of it but thankfully I'm 4th dan in Google-Fu. :)
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That was sweet, if sad.
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Very good work!:-)
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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Renin-Sa Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Yay, Narnia!
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KathlynNicole Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
This is so utterly beautiful...
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Avis-Praeda Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it
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TheLunarDragons Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so sad, but beautiful... Thank you so much for doing this, it is absolutely amazing. *tears*
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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TheLunarDragons Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome.
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KarlyNoelleAbreu Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love how magical you made this, with the blue trees and all in the background. The books mean so much to me, I was so disappointed that the films failed to capture that magic that drew me in so much. I especially love how huge you make Aslan, like he's already grown bigger as Lucy has. Just lovely. Reminds me why I love Narnia all over again.
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :) And yeah I pondered about the background a while and then thought about how most of the books seemed to take place in thickets and in forests that always felt a little bit alive by themselves so normal brown-green trees were out heh. :blush:

The movies were a bit sanitised imo, I think they wanted to please everyone in the world so they treaded a very fine line with the magic/superpowers (for the lack of a better word). Which was a shame as the original books were all about fairytale magic with the religious message weaved in so when you read it you didn't even necessarily clock the Aslan-Jesus parallel. Especially if you weren't aware of CS Lewis's personal life or weren't brought up religious. I know I didn't realise it till I was like 17 and analysing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for English class and it just made me go wat there's religion in this? Which then sort of made it extra special for me, the thought that Christian philosophy could co-exist with essentially paganistic fairytale creatures. Personally I can't stand the black-and-white mentality that some people have that for example Harry Potter is of the devil and needs to be banned. I'm all for everyone getting along.
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KarlyNoelleAbreu Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's true. I picked up on the spiritual themes as a child, but then I always noticed that distinctly "moral" things were in line with my beliefs; I wrote out parallels to Jesus in the Disney version of Hercules once, and Star Wars many times, and still find them pretty valid.
Lewis said numerous times that pagan stories could teach as much about morality as the Bible, and often was a better starting point, since the Bible gets a bad rep. He was a great scholar of especially Greek mythology (his novel, Till We Have Faces is actually a retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth, and arguably his best work), and he is directly responsible for fantasy worlds, such as Harry Potter, having a "kitchen sink" culture featuring creatures from various mythologies- such as centaurs. All his doing.

But at the end of the day, Lewis wanted you to be able to take or leave those themes- and if you took them, then more's the better. At it's core, it's a series about wonder, belief and good ultimately triumphing over evil. And so are most fantasy stories, from fairy tales on. That's why they are so timeless and powerful.
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kblue00001 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
this is amazing! its gorgeous! thank you so much, you captured exactly what i wanted and more :) i really like the woods in the background, the colors are perfect. and i love how you drew Aslan, and how big he is and his golden color. you also did great on lucy and how she looks like the movie and you still put your own style into it. its awesome! thank you!!!
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, so pleased you like it!! :XD:
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Mairelyn Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that being said this is GORGEOUS! it has a subtle beauty to it with the muted colors and subdued smiles of lucy and aslan. (you also did a magnificent job on Aslan- he has both that conforting and powerful air to him)
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Mairelyn Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
don't they all go back there, in the end? in The Last Battle? that's what I got from it in the end. (even if Susan didn't i got the impression she didn't for a time- that for susan it was like purgatory-- she would be allowed back in narnia after she regains her faith/belief in it.
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Probably, I can't remember the last book that well as I haven't read it since I was like 10 or 11... I re-read the couple of first books as the movies came out and decided to read them all as the films were made but now the films are kind of frozen in production land, welp! :wtf:
And thank you for the lovely comments. :D
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LadyElisera Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely piece. Well done! It always saddened me to think they would never be able to come back to Narnia... I've even found myself wishing I was Narnian! Doesn't everybody? Anyway, what I wanted to say, I love reading the descriptions and background on photos and art that deviants do because I can get an idea on what the artist was thinking. This is a beautiful piece, but on your statement "they would never see Aslan or anyone else again...", note: in my opinion, isn't true. They did! At the end of it all, they were sent to a land much like heaven, where they were reunited with old friends, Aslan included!
(I apologize for the long comment! and please, I don't mean to offend, if I did in anyway...)
Blessings!
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TaijaVigilia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you and yes they did all get together in the end but there was still the hearbreak before that. And I like long comments when something I doodle actually makes people think about it. :D
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LadyElisera Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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