2015, fine-liner pen (original) plus Photoshop manipulation
To link with the previous work, but with a Gothic/art nouveau twist, the 'Lohengrin' poster brings together imagery and themes into a new illustrative style.
The story of Lohengrin was adapted by Richard Wagner into an opera and had a dramatic influence on the young Ludwig II as he sat in the audience at his 18th birthday. He was physically and emotionally moved by the whole experience and identified himself with the swan knight 'Lohengrin'.
This poster is designed with many symbolic gestures; in the top corner pieces there are swans with a crescent moon and the grail cup (the grail castle where Lohengrin has been summoned from) Elsa, Lohengrin's unfortunate bride, is grief stricken with not trusting her knight in shining armour and by breaking the oath she had taken of not asking where he has come from and who he ultimately is? She did not heed his plea to have unquestionable faith in him just as she would never think to question the magic of a summer night's scent of flowers (hence the lilies that surround Elsa). As the oath was broken the swan, who pulled Lohengrin's boat to Elsa's rescue, reappears only to fly away - here Elsa learns that the swan is in fact her long lost brother who was turned into a swan by Ortrud, a pagan witch, who wanted to rule over the Kingdom where he was destined to reign. A dove then descends from heaven, taking place of the swan, to pull Lohengrin back to the Grail castle (the outline of Neuschwanstein, Ludwig's very owl Grail castle, can be seen in the background). Lohengrin gives Elsa his sword and wedding ring (seen in the bottom left) before he departs. Elsa collapses and dies, stricken with grief.
This image was firstly hand drawn with fine-liner pen and then manipulated in Photoshop for different colourways and effects. It has also been reproduced on large scale pieces of perspex and coloured in metal leaf and as a painted glass style plaque. Images to follow soon.