This was done for the OC Winter Contest : [link]
hold by the very kind Endorell-Taelos [link]
The point was to depict one of hers OC and one of mine in a winter/X-mas environment. I do not have specific OC, but she allowed me to have one of my Butterflower, and so the Butterflower Poinsettia was created.
I chosed Luciana [link]
among Endorell's characters, because... well, is the most intriguing one.
She is basically a Dragon mage princess, with a vampire illness, a kind girl, with a heavy past and duties.
So, here comes a little explanation of the pic's symbols:
yes, you 've seen right: the Poinsettia gives its blood as a (X-mas) gift for the gentle but thirsty Luciana. Normally Poinsettias have a white juice, but this is a Butterflower
And, no fear for the little creature: the petals can grow back.
The constellation above Luciana is the Draco. Obviously.
The flowers are typical ones used in winter bouquets, as well as the Bullfinch is a must in (Swedish) X-mas cards. Just to make the pic prettier
The crown of light resembles the one of Lucia, here in Sweden is a key figure under X-mas times. And, Lucia/Luciana means "Light".
I tried to represent her as a young princess with a childish, but sad expression in her eyes, as if the happiness of these days could never be enough to cancel the terrible past following her.
Otherwise, I enjoyed very much to paint this, in Photoshop as usual.