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Phedre's Marque Final Version

More about this concept at my blog entry - Designing Phèdre's Marque.

I cleaned up version of the previous sketch depicting Phedre's marque with Illustrator:
Phedre's Marque Variations by AngelaSasser

If you happen to use this marque for your Kushiel-inspired fan things, I'd appreciate a credit to me as the artist.

I've been working on my own version of the cover to the novel Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey.  Rather than use the established marque, I thought I'd design my own version just to give the image an even more unique flare.  Also, I've always felt the traditional marque was far too literal when reading the description:

"With some effort, I recognised the underlying design, which was based on a very old pattern, the briar rose. Somehow Master Tielhard had kept the dramatic vigor of the archaic lines, yet infused them with a subtlety that spoke at once of the vine, the bond and the lash. The thorny lines were stark black, accented in only a few choice hollows with a teardrop of scarlet - a petal, a drop of blood, the mote in my eye."
(Phèdre no Delaunay, Kushiel's Dart)

I took heavy inspiration from some of my favorite fan versions, including elegaer's versions, which you can view here:
Phedre's Marque - versions by elegaerPhedre - Briar Rose by elegaer
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aicus's avatar
I like this version! I like the general symmetry with, like jademacalla said, little bits of assymetrical detail. Also that you have the three roses instead of one big one.
AngelaSasser's avatar
Yes! I think the lash part of the marque in the original design is just spot on for emulating that shape.  Mrah must do more marques sometime!  It's such fun design inspiration.:)  I've wondered how doing a more random pattern (like briar bush roses in nature) might work as well for Phedre.
jademacalla's avatar
Especially how the thorns add a little element of asymmetry to the balance of the overall image. Really nice work.
jademacalla's avatar
I love this design.
MrsNox's avatar
This is so pretty! :heart: