This painting started as a watercolour sketch, and I very quickly decided to bring this sketch into Krita. I painted digitally with the excellent oil brushes in that free software. While rendering this fine detail, I was careful to preserve the original grainy and crackled watercolour texture. The work ended up looking organic, living architecture that incorporates a human skull. The second sculpture is a harlequin.
The principal character, Red Queen, is inspired by the royal Spanish family in the works of painter Velásquez.
Update 2021 I’m now selling art prints of the Red Queen. Orders are shipping to Europe, UK, North America, and other locations.
Below you can see the initial watercolour sketch that sparked this illustration and served as a underlying texture for the digital painting.