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She Who Remembers

This is an illustration of The Mad Ship, by Robin Hobb.

◊Spoiler warning◊ for those who haven't read so far.

Wintrow finds the serpent She Who Remembers emprisoned in a cave on Treasure Beach (pages 775-778 of the UK paperback, in a chapter called "Oracle").

Photoshop, about 13 hours and the same number of crashes. :rage:
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:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Hey, I finally finished Fool's Fate! So now I'm competent to critique! I think! <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)" />

These three illustrations for Liveship Traders are actually my favourites from your Robin Hobb series. This one, I love for the colours and great composition - the way She Who Remembers looks at us out of that one eye through the prison bars is very cool. I also love the rocks - they remind me of some rock formations here in NZ, round Raglan. I am very jealous of your Photoshop painting skills! <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)" /> I've just started putting in a bit more work with my tablet myself (illustrating - guess what - Robin Hobb!) - I'm not anywhere near being able to do something like that.

A couple of *very* minor quibbles (just because a critique has to have them): I think on the sides of the cave, you would need to indent the rocks a bit more - the shading suggests very deep grooves, but the line on the sides - particularly the bend on the right side - doesn't seem to follow that through.

I was also wondering about the white highlights on the rocks in front of the cave. Are they reflections of the rocks above on wet stone, or little waves lapping out of the cave? I decided that it must be the later, I reckon if it was reflections you would probably have to have some blue from the sky reflected as well. But that might destroy the very nice colour balance of the image... so don't mind me. I'm not a fan of to the letter realism anyway, as you probably know! <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)" />
Dianna-Art's avatar
Very cool take on this. Poor twisted thing I'm so glad Wintrow was able to free her.
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I'd like to feature your gorgeous image on my blog on Amazing Stories - [link] - credited of course, and with a link back to your DA gallery.
The blog is scheduled for Wednesday 12 June. You will be able to access it through the link above once it is up.
Please let me know if this is NOT ok with you! And apologies for the short notice.

cheers, f-l</p>
Crooty's avatar
Of course it's OK. Thank you very much! :hug:
helixmoon's avatar
I really like the angle of this picture, as though Wintrow is the one imprisoned. (It's been a long time since I read this trilogy-- I don't remember the particulars.) It's very dreamlike, almost surreal.
Voltarrens's avatar
Like the balance of colour and textures in your work/image. Very nice fantasy feel about it :)
Lyranthe's avatar
I really like this one, great angle
skyhag's avatar
Beautiful, awesome, delightful.
sythiar's avatar
Argh. My boyfriend (yes, now I'm not only in love - we are actually together! *swoon*) has the books, so now I have to read them at some point. As soon as he manages to move them from his parent's place to his own.
I tried not to read the spoiler - but I had to look at the picture of course, so if the picture itself is a spoiler too, I hope it didn't spoil too much. ^^;

What I like most about this is that you don't really know if it's the person or the dragon that's emprisoned. I like the very smooth skin texture of the dragon and the pose of the girl gives the whole scene something desperate beyond facial expressions or words.
So yeah: I like it!
elegaer's avatar
Awwww. That's great. I love her. She loves more comfortable here than in previous incarnations of yours.Which pleases me because I hate her being so confined.
starrynienna's avatar
Oh, she looks soooo cute and beautiful! :aww: And really knowing. The golden eye is very expressive. The rocks are of great colors and I love it that they're visibly wet.

I know it's partly the perspective but Wintrow's left arm looks a bit too log to me, and the feet are too small. What do you think?
Crooty's avatar
Thank you! :hug:

It's all because of persepective! :P
(of course you're right)
AndyIomoon's avatar
Fantastic perspective, Crooty. And I love the light on the edge of the stones in the wall and the drops of water. A beautiful touch.
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Thank you very much Andy! :glomp:
SydeX's avatar
Nice really nice Crooty, I do feel however that the colors might be too similar and blend too much.
Upon closer look however you can see the definition.

Wish people would hire me to do stuff like this :(
Crooty's avatar
It's because there isn't much light... :P

I wish they'd hire me too!
terrance-b-funderful's avatar
Hehe. I also had trouble really seeing the piece. Took me a minute before I realized "oh, right, it's a cave in the side of a mountain or something"! At first I got the impression that it was a hole in the ground, but it bugged me because the perspective seemed funky. Of course, I was the funky one and not the perspective. Hehehe.
It looks great though. The rock is amazing and I love your choice of colour.
Sythgara's avatar
nice one. i really adore the stone walls ^^
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