With the sun in his face, the wind at his back, and a relentless optimism in his goblin heart, he set out along the path in search of something new. Although he admittedly had not planned this journey well, his lack of direction did nothing to diminish his excitement for the possibilities that lie ahead. Wandering was a joy in itself.
This drawing is part of a loose series depicting traditionally evil or thick-headed fantasy creatures in a lighter, more personal moment. (Here’s another one.) For this piece I was partly inspired by the sense of adventure in open-world RPGs, particularly those from Bethesda Softworks, and the ability to roam anywhere and discover intriguing people and places.
In a more immediate sense, this drawing was influenced by Rhandir, a music artist who has created some of the most intriguing high fantasy tracks in and around the dungeon synth genre. “I Wish You a Successful Hunt” and “Prince Tyrinian’s Naming Day” are beautiful creations that perfectly match their titles, though it was “Midsummer” in particular that helped shape the style and mood of Wandering, from the energetic movement of the goblin to the airy lines of the high fantasy castle in the background.
Wandering is a tribute to possibilities in life, even if we don’t always know where we’re going.
My everyday drawings are available for sale in my Big Cartel shop each morning at 11 am EST. For the first 100 days, each new drawing increases in price by $1.00, starting at $1.00 on day one. Everyday 011 – Wandering is listed at $11.00.