Based on the legend of the Selkies, seal-like creatures who could shed their skins to become beautiful humans.
Selkie legends claim if a Selkie's skin is stolen, she loses any ability to return to her seal form or the sea from which she came. Typically, the legends only describe instances in which a fisherman steals a skin in order to keep a Selkie as his wife, but they never mention what will happen if a human were to wear the magical skinprobably because the only non-Selkies daring enough to try are not humans at all, but water-faeries.
Unfortunately, the water-fae can't always quite fit in the significantly larger sealskins, so they usually resort to stealing those of baby Selkies and doing a bit of impromptu tailoring.
Keelan Rosa, Pennsylvania Member Since May 2008 Artist Statement
Keelan Rosa first became interested in art when he was two years old and has been fascinated by art, illustration, and design ever since (the unhealthy obsession with all things sci-fi came a bit later). He's especially fond of figure art, and the challenge which goes along with trying to show a complex personality in a simple image.
Keelan was trained in traditional media but prefers working with a combination of traditional and digital media. He has also worked in a variety of subjects and styles, but is currently focused on finding the union between humans and other aspects of nature.
Started with pencil-scribbles at the kitchen table, then studied at Sue Hand's Imagery throughout most of his school years. Keelan also spent all of two years as an art major at Syracuse University and Sage College before dropping out of art school to study business (aka, How to Make Enough Money to Continue Being an Artist). He still attempts to learn new art techniques on a regular basis, but this now comes primarily in the form of ImagineFX magazines instead of studio classes.
Website - You can see larger versions of Keelan's artwork at his main site, illo.KeelanRosa.com - and can even get some cool freebies while you're there.