I’m very drawn to this drawing, and the title came easily to mind. I really love the movie “The Dark Crystal”, and if you’ve seen it, you know what sort of dark, but also delicate and beautiful fantasy movie it is. Though the drawing has nothing to do with the movie nor was it in any way inspired by it, the words “the dark crystal” always make me think of fantastical things.
This young character, an apprentice of magic, wields a dark crystal in his hand. His eyes are set deep, fundamentally open to the world, and his face is marked. Neither human nor fully animal, he is something alien, something of a magical world, far beyond our grasp.