This is my second illustration inspired by C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. Here Lucy shares tea time with Mr. Tumnus by the warm firelight of his cozy woodland abode. I wanted to create a rich sensory image that felt safe and warm in contrast to the blustery winter storm outside. I repeated round spherical forms in the architecture, decoration, and character anatomy to enhance the composition with a serene calmness. The viewer's eye can wander and explore various details, but always returns full circle to the focal point between Lucy and Mr. Tumnus.
The story of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe has so many wonderful themes, but what I love about these two characters is the transformation of their relationship through kindness. A walking and talking Mr. Tumnus would certainly frighten any grown adult, but Lucy looks beyond his appearance with the curiosity of a child. I believe children are hardwired for curiosity and possess a relentless sense of wonder before they learn to adopt and mimic adult fears. Of course, according to the story, Mr. Tumnus's intentions are to capture Lucy and deliver her to the White Witch, but ultimately he is changed by Lucy's innocence and chooses instead to protect her from harm. Some of us may have forgotten how we looked at things with more curiosity and less fear when we were little. The childlike curiosity and kindness of Lucy remind us how these creative qualities can transform our relationships and change the outcome of our lives.