A series of digital illustrations from a personal project consisting of twelve character illustrations. Each character is based on a lamp type and associated with a month.
The empire lamp of January, Irden. Strong-willed. Idealist. Stubborn. Constance Rosenthaliana is the bellwether of the twelve lunar lamp maidens. Now a pilgrim seeking to bring light back upon the fatally moonstruck world, Constance was the daughter of a decommissioned warlock in the kingdom of Lucerna, who crafted and sold lamps for a living, providing electric light for those during the night wherever the moon couldn’t reach.
The scallop lamp of February, Arden. Indirect. Poetic. Passionate. Fortuna “Lucky” Auriola was found in a basket floating in a red river by a wandering lunatic making its voyage to Kyousei a hundred years after the moon shattered. Lunatic souls seem to have a sinister attraction to Fortuna, and being a poetess born under the false blood moon does not sound like a coincidence.
The tiffany lamp of March, Sanreden. Sophisticated. Double-dealing. Wild. A seamstress and herald of spring. Aemilia Aviv’s unpredicatble manners lead others to believe she may be partially complicit in the events of the Shatter. Aemilia resides in the rural area of Aurientum, thousands of miles East of their sister kingdom, Lucerna. Some say Daffodils bloom in threes when she is near.
The twin-bulb lamp of April, Cirden. Modest. Outgoing. Bubbly. Born in Marian, Camila Zelena currently resides in the kingdom of Lucerna as a florist to make a living. Her most loyal customer is Aemilia (Sanreden), who takes trips overseas and sends her gifts from time to time. She is happy to share the culture and traditions of her homeland, Marian, which is rich in embroidery, decorations, food, and folk music.
The sconce lamp of May, Orden. Tight-lipped. Quiet. Tense. A shepherd of beasts and bells, cast away from the Lucernian urban life. Maybell Lebenthine would reading books about zoolingualism after lectures. Maybell would always use her wagon trips to her godmother at the Clemenlune Lake to practice communicating with fauna along the way. It is this way she would learn about the Shatter after she mistook a kiwi for a rat.
The pendant lamp of June, Lorden. Energetic. Curious. Adventurous. Lora Hanada had lived in a strict and extremely protective household, with her only activities being attending school and doing homework. It would be no surprise every time one of her close friends, Denzel, talks about his camping adventures with his dad in the cedar woods and listens to Denzel’s flute playing during lunch breaks, she would be filled with the strongest desire to learn what lies beyond the boundaries of her home.
The gooseneck lamp of July, Cherden. Melancholic. Wistful. Unforthcoming. Marina Limbusa is the fresh sovereign of the seas East of Lucerna, where a significant number of maritime melancholic episodes and incidents have been reported by sailors and fishermen from Lucerna and Marian. Marina was approached by a wandering lunatic when it spotted Marina washed up at the Lucernian shores after a powerful storm.
The fringe lamp of August, Burden. Exuberant. Sympathetic. Intimidating. Valora Ainsworth was one of the women of the growing upper-middle class of late Lucerna three centuries after the Shatter. Her 9th great-grandfather was Arle Rosenthaliana, brother of Irden’s father. Valora captures crowds with her voice as a talented lamp artisan and mezzo-soprano singer. Despite her outwards appearance, she always maintains lively energy and is generally warmhearted.
The banker's lamp of September, Jureden. Aggressive. Naive. Obstinate. Copperoak is the herald of prosperity and calamity. Irden’s uncle, Arle, found a shard with a tormented soul that reminded him of his wife, whom he met under an oak tree. Originally believing the shard was a shining rock he could use in a lamp, Arle noticed a soul and housed it in a copper vessel. Earl swore to raise Copperoak with the love he never had the chance to give to his wife before she passed.
The torchiere lamp of October, Sovreden. Wise. Sensitive. Hotheaded. Like Sanreden, Sage Naniya is also an Aurientine. A newly emerging priestess, she is the daughter of a cleric from the bustling districts of Aurientum, located thousands of miles East of their sister kingdom, Lucerna. Even though Sage has a thick skin for minor issues, she will never back down in the face of justice.
The drum lamp of November, Noyaden. Placid. Schizoid. Enduring. Nona Morozova resides in a silent, winding kingdom of Bleskov, built on top of the buried ruins of Shinzan and Lucerna. In the daytime, little Nona leads a marching band on her own of imaginary dome-like toys. She has very open contempt for folks who are easily swayed, and often chooses her own path far apart from the few friends she has back in the wintry Bleskov.
The lantern of December, Sharden. Angel. Demon. Burning. Desrea Fatalle, a lantern angel, has been exiled onto the waxy shores from seeing other lamps. A bizarre crimson glow emanates from the distance beyond the kingdom of Lucerna, where her trial would begin. Desrea treads through glooming candle wastes, where she wrestles through her journey in isolation and torment. Whether Desrea is able to rise again as a lamp before converting into a candle, is up to her endurance.