The idea of the magic book is like a corner stone of fantasy. And why not....it works every time. We need an object that is the source of magic....magic book. We need something that will tell us what will happen in the future.....magic book. We need something that will tell us who the chosen one is and something that will give him his powers....magic book. See, on that last one I combined another cornerstone on fantasy, but one that I like much less. The CHOSEN ONE.
I have never loved the idea of a "chosen one" in stories. It's just too simple to say that we need a reason for our character be to the main character because there is nothing else special about him or her. Oooo, I got it, they're chosen! If you make a character that people can get into then your character can be a janitor that finds himself in the middle of Lord the Rings if you want and it can work. The Matrix is a great example of how to fuck up by using the chosen one. The first movie was pretty simple. Neo=Chosen. The two following that, the brothers fell victim to the comic book fan inside. They built a story on plot and not on character and the chosen one became pointless and all powerful with no reason at all to be cared for by the viewer.
So, give me a magic book all day and I'll be a happy camper. Hey, in the end it's all made up anyway, right. This piece was done pencil, a watercolor ink brush, and a white out pen at our drink and draw, The Lead Poets Society. Which I'm proud to say that we are still doing ever Wed. after a year and a half.
UPDATE: I decided to throw a little spot color on top of the wash to give it a little life. The grayed version was a little drab and lacked the "magic" feel.