So this illustration was truly a collaboration. The physical aspects of the old Man Willow, Tom’s hat and blue feather, those came easily. Where to connect the psychospiritual concept was a bit difficult, the light was really key to connecting the lotus of eastern philosophy to the one ring itself and the sparks of consciousness. The hardest part was Tom’s visage; his face, his twinkling blue eyes and that Celtic red beard, as real as if he were standing in front of me.
Alan and Janet involved themselves at every iteration, with both feedback and guidance. For me, most of the creating is very intuitive, and some of the best ideas just happen as one is “lost in the process”.