Ever since childhood I have been fascinated and enchanted by the heraldry and pageantry of medieval costumes. Studying medieval and gothic romance literature in college only deepened my love for the aesthetic of knighthood. The epic poem of Orlando Furioso by Ariostos has been a favorite story of mine for over a decade and from time to time I re-engage with the fable for inspiration. This image illustrates the paladin Astolpho and the magical hippogriff he rides on his various adventures in that story.
Below are a detail and wip image, plus some historical images of the same subject....enjoy.