“I’ll admit you’re not at all what I was expecting, your majesty. At worst, I was expecting you to be another intelligent, powerful, ambitious ruler, like myself or Queen Sita: yet another damned rival to vie for power with. Instead you’re something far worse. You’re… power and intelligence made manifest. You’re something neither Sita nor I could hope to attain. And it’s likely I’ll spend the rest of my life praying you never find cause to come south and take my empire from me.”
—Emperor Orvandius, reigning Hegemon of the Empire of Pellastor
So I commissioned the lovely MJ Barros for a fifth portrait from my novel. Portraits 1, 2, and 3, I posted to Sartorially Smart Heroines, but portrait four was a little too NSFW for the blog (MJ posted it here if anyone is interested and not at work or school). MJ gave me two lovely portraits of Queen Viarra showing her majesty’s tender, more human side. I really wanted to see MJ’s vision of Viarra as a warrior queen and builder of an empire—the side of her that her soldiers, subjects, allies, and enemies always see. I specifically asked for ‘imposing’ and ‘intimidating’ in the commission, and I definitely feel like MJ succeeded in that portrayal.
Please, folks, consider commissioning MJ for a portrait. She’s been super cool to work with on these commissions, and her prices are really reasonable for such high-quality artwork. As always, thanks for reading and take care!