Monday, December 31, 2012

Zelda and Shadow Misjudge the Monster of Luckberry Park

Happy New Year!! Here is my last illustration to share in 2012. It is an unintentional homage to Kilroy. It is done in gouache and pen and is 15 by 20 inches.

   Zelda is a notorious jewel thief and is proud of her qualities of ingenuity, grit and gumption that contributes to her great success in the field of robbery. She works alone except for the assistance she receives from her pet cat and sidekick shadow. Zelda was influenced to become a thief by the most notorious of literary robbers, Robin Hood. Zelda was similarly inspired by the principle of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Zelda decided to only steal from corrupt and cruel rich while leaving the kind-hearted rich to enjoy  their wealth unimpeded upon. She has stolen from many a cruel rich person. The evil Countess Lydia Cordelia the Third, King Francis Benedict Harthfellow and Financier Marcus Peppernut have all been victims of Zelda's nimble fingers and clever scheming.
    But a couple of years ago she was led astray by her sense of power and her own greedy desires. Zelda and Shadow completed a particularly difficult heist involving a corrupt diplomat. The diplomat had a cellar full of jewels up to the waist. Zelda and Shadow stole all of the jewels! Instead of giving the bounty to the poor as usual, Zelda built a great mansion out of all the jewels she stole. The great house glittered beautifully in the sunlight. But soon Zelda felt guilty about the betrayal of her morals in the favor of indulging her own fanciful whims. She converted her sparkling mansion into a commune and invited all like-minded individuals to join her. Soon Zelda was back to only stealing for the poor.
   After several successful heists that led to the renovation of the orphanage and successful completion of a new homeless shelter, Zelda and Shadow decided to set their sights on the notorious monster of Luckberry Park. Zelda and Shadow sneaked into the monsters house and stole several handfuls of jewels worth thousands of dollars. The monster, whose eyes are keener and more alert then Zelda suspected, spotted the thieving duo as they left his premises. He could have easily picked up Zelda and smooshed her within his tight grip, but he instead left her to escape unharmed. And this is where Zelda made her mistake. She assumed that the odd and reclusive monster was just as cruel as his appearance hinted at. But the monster is a kind soul with a love for the world and for all the worlds inhabitants. He abhors violence of any kind. And, the monster has heard of Zelda and her philanthropic ways. He knew at least his stolen wealth would go to a good cause.
  In three years Zelda and the monster will meet again under completely different circumstances. She will realize how wrong she was to ever assume the monster is anything but sweet and kind. The two will become quick friends. Together they will work on more humanitarian endeavors in order to make the world better. Although they will not always agree. The monster will encourage Zelda to give up her thievery  Likewise, Zelda will encourage the monster to join her on a heist or two. 


Optimistic Existentialist said...

Did the video game Zelda's name come from this story :)


2justByou said...

One of the best things about art is that each piece has a story behind it. Thanks for sharing!

Ghadeer said...

I LOVE this!

Amber Fauna Finds Flora said...

Keith- Thanks, Happy new year to you too!
Kim- Thanks! I agree, the story is part of the fun of both viewing and making art.
Ghadeer- Thanks so much!

alabee said...

ah the monster is so cute, and the detailing is lovely

Amber Fauna Finds Flora said...

Thank you alabee! He was fun to draw.