Ink on paper, digital colour. Original size: 28,5 × 46 cm (11’’ x 18’’ approx).
Originally drawn with ink, “The tavern of delusions” was conceived during the summer of 2001 while I was living in Peru. After a few years — now living in Spain —, with the advice of a good friend of mine, I added colour enhancing the characters and atmosphere of the composition considerably.
The scene is composed of by two teams of vicious dice players: the cunning and suspicious long-nosed, bluish skin elves; and the greedy and deceitful animal-like, yellowish eyes creatures. As players focus their attention in the not so friendly game, they are served by the tavern’s owner: a beefy, sharp-eyed Cyclops who dislikes serving his delusional clients until late at night, especially when he has to kick them out his establishment later. Of course that’s the least of the players’ worries — especially when there are so many gold coins on the table —, because what matters is to feed their pockets with fortune, using guns and knives if necessary… and also, they know that if they can win accompanied by wine and beer, the triumph is double!
So all that remains for us to do is to become delirious, in a tavern where winning can be very dangerous.
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