This is....every kind of fantastic. I love her quizzical expression, I love his hopeful smile, I love the body language and posturing and the fairy tale element (I feel a kinship with this piece from a number of "favorite stories" perspectives...it reminds me of The Labyrinth and Dis & Persephone and Beauty & the Beast or my most recent fixation, ABC's "Once Upon a Time" Rumplestiltskin/Belle dynamic). Also I love your description of the piece, haha.
If I had the time, I would ask if I could do some colors for this lovely thing. Alas.
I faved this before but I wanted to take a minute not to say, "Thanks for sharing your wonderful art!"