Saturday, October 10, 2015

Illustration: Magic is the Moonlight

This week's Colour Collective was Russian Violet, a lovely deep purple that was perfect for a magical night scene. I went to a wedding a few weeks ago which had a wisteria theme, and I'd been wanting to work some wisteria into my Colour Collective ever since - and here was the opportunity!

I chose Magic is the Moonlight (music by MarĂ­a Grever, English lyrics by Charles Pasquale) for my inspiration this week:

Magic is the moonlight,
silver stars above me
send someone to love me,
show my heart the way

somewhere in the moonlight,
surely I will meet him,
with a smile I’ll greet him
and I know he’ll stay

Lost within the splendour 
of our kiss so tender,
we will then surrender 
to a love divine 

then when love is over 
I’ll recall a June night,
for magic was the moonlight
when the world was mine

Someday I’ll meet my love

The song was originally written in 1929 as Te Quiero Dijiste (I Love You, You Said) so I went with a 20s theme for this illustration (I haven't done a 20s girl for this series yet), even though the English lyrics weren't written until 1944. I'm not even sure if the lyrics quoted above were the ones written then, as I am using the song as sung in 1950s Nancy Goes To Rio, which has different lyrics to the standard ones everyone else seems to sing. 

Here is Jane Powell singing it in the film. It is also sung as a duet with Ann Sothern with the same lyrics:  

The song is Mexican, but as I was using the English lyrics, I didn't go with a Mexican theme - I think that would have worked better had I been using the original lyrics.

This makes the tenth Colour Collective I have done in this series:

Adobe Photoshop CC on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2
About 4 hours


  1. This is a beautiful series! Such a lot of work too. I love them all.

    1. Oh, thank you so much! I don't think they're as much work as they look - all that fabric I *don't* have to paint, and I use the lasso tool for the backgrounds. ;P



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