Art: Tread softly and carry a big spear
Created for Esotaria as part of the Kaleidoscope exchange run by Dark Agenda.
This is a blended digital artwork. Balsa Yonsa is a spearwoman, bodyguard to young Prince Chagum, and they have various adventures as they flee Chagum's enemies. It's a novel and an anime TV series, and the journey is a spiritual quest as well. Anime is a cartoonization of real life (visually, anyway) so I've flipped that and made more realistic art out of an anime. In the art, Balsa Yonsa is taken from photos of a wonderful cosplay costume created and worn by Ashe. My thanks to her for letting me use the image, and there are more photos of her costume here, photographed by Ludick Kepler. The rest of the work is a collage from multiple sources, heavily modified in photoshop to make the landscape somewhat magical.