My entries in to "A Calendar of Tales" project by Blackberry and Neil Gaiman.
Neil Gaiman proposed a question for each month of the year on twitter people tweeted back and Mr.Gaiman responded by choosing one and writing a story, then all were asked to illustrate on said stories.
I wanted to capture the look of the old Atari/Nintendo video game covers, that had beautifully painted scenes which of course the game was nothing like. But those covers like Missile Command or defender always captured your imagination.
A never lost lion ring, I wanted to draw two ideas for this one a Chinese lion statue ring, with the finger hole being its mouth and the maltese falcon as a totem for the crow. Something about this story made me think of the beginning of a great suspense crime novel.
An alternate of January's tale drawing, focused more on malevolent vastness