I must admit that this one is certainly one of the strangest things I've painted. Ever. Just because it's a fanart for the character of the books I simply ADORE.
It's Juffin Hully from Max Frei's "Stranger" and other books of the sequence. So, for those who's not familiar with the subject - let me quote Wikipedia first:The books making up "The Labyrinths of Echo" describe how Max, born in our world and having lived his first 30 years here, ends up in the city of Echo in another world, having been called there by the chief of the Secret Police, Sir Juffin Hully.::see the rest of the article here::
Now let me tell you "my" part of the story.
The mentioned Juffin Hully (born in the town of Kettary, Shimara county, about 400 years old) is a weird magician, who is about 1/4 a kind of, erm... werefox.)) Before his becoming the chief of the Secret Police, he used to be quite a notorious criminal, who used to be called "The Kettarian Hunter
" or "Chiffa" (by the name of the curious fox species of Shimara county). His real young face is remembered by most part of Echo citizens, so he has to look older and funnier in order not to scare common people.
He's quite a character, you know.))
The most interesting thing about him is that you cannot say if he's good or evil; as Max Frei says himself, "he's just DIFFERENT". The author also describes his younger face, as strikingly beautiful, but extremely cold in his cunning eyes' expression. Sir Hully seems to be funny (especially in the first books of the sequence), but he just hides his might underneath his joker's face. That's why I decided to paint his "real" face, ever-smiling, but a bit predatory.
You can see this work step-by-step and read some technical details here
The books of Max Frei are now being translated into English, German and Spanish, so I guess if you're too curious about this, you can easily find out the rest of the story.))