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Phedre's Marque Variations

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

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:

The cleaned up version of mine:

If you should happen to use my variations or final version for your Kushiel fan endeavors, I'd appreciate a credit back to me as the artist. Otherwise, have fun!
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MrsNox's avatar
They are all beautiful but the last one is the most symmetrical and defined. :)
impactbooks's avatar
I really like this new design for her Marque. It's very elegant. I agree that the original Marque illustration on the book was not quite what I imagined. This is definitely closer to what I pictured in my head. Great work!
AngelaSasser's avatar
You should definitely check out :devlelegaer:'s marques if you haven't.  They're just so perfect and with such attention to detail, as far as marque descriptions go!

impactbooks's avatar
Oh wow, you're right. Those are some great interpretations of the marques. Not quite what I imagined for a few of them, but definitely great designs.
PrimaGaren's avatar
i like the middle one and the one next to your final and your final!
Darkendrama's avatar
I think your version is a huge improvement!!!!
jademacalla's avatar
Really like this!
Keeshaba's avatar
♥♥♥ Love the new marque!
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