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Dresden and the Denarian by DSillustration Dresden and the Denarian by DSillustration
A portrait of Harry Dresden created for a private collector. Oils on Board, 25x40 inches.

For a complete oil painting step-by-step, and a bunch of alternative sketches, go here:
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Narutosith Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
Awesome art
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:iconzanaji:
Zanaji Featured By Owner Edited Apr 28, 2017
I know this was a custom commission, but would there be any way to get a print of this? I'll be seeing Jim at an upcoming con and would love to get him to sign it.

This is the best piece of Dresden art I've ever seen, and I can think of nothing else that shows him this well.
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cornerofmadness Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
This is absolutely amazing.
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SymbioteNinja Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016
AMAZING!!!
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mallettepagan0 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Saw this in an ImagineFX issue and thought I would fave it.  I love it. :D
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Generalobiwankenobi7 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I love Dresden!
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fireillisa Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE THIS!:heart:
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Magick205 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"The building was on fire....and it wasn't my fault..."


Harry Dresden - Trouble Magnet
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EvilPlatypus Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
This is phenomenal! Beautiful work, and wonderful subject matter!
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emosedud Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Late to the convo but just gotta say, regarding the show, why did they cast a Spanish woman as Murphy and a white woman as Susan? That's entirely backwards. Certainly it's more to do with the acting than appearances it just bothered me. Also, Harry is always wearing a hat in book covers even though he maybe only ever wears a hat like that once. 
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luproc Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
I like seeing Lash in the smoke/embers of his staff.
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Warpwind Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
pic is still awesome though.
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Warpwind Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
denarian should have 4 eyes. and the for is too like a classical demon. descriptions in the book were different. 
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DSillustration Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Warpwind, this isn't a specific Denarian... it's just a generic, unnamed one. Though, I know the exact one you're referring to (I've painted him on an actual cover for SF Book Club). The client wanted an amalgam of lots of different scenes, so we made stuff up this image. You'll also notice Lash hidden in the hellfire flames. She wouldn't have been in the story as early as the Denarian you're referring to either. The whole image is a made up scene, perhaps a side mission that you might only hear about in 'Odd Jobs' or the like.
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Warpwind Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
I understand that. the point is the demon is too generic, i would prefer to see one that looks like a six legged bear with 4 eyes. 
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DrazziElder Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG It's Harry Dresden art! I died. This looks fantastic.
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Dragonhulk Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Yes he is that badass.  Excellent job on drawing Chicago's most awesome wizard.
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AnticDuelist Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
First, I feel I must say this:

The television series was horrible!!! Nicholas Cage was the executive producer of that disgusting offering they sacrilegiously called the "Dresden Files" TV series. And the only fitting punishment for that transgression is to be sliced open a few dozen times in sensitive areas of his anatomy and then tossed naked into a very large vat of salt. Then when he is begging for death, drag him whilst hog tied to the rear bumper of a classic VW Bug to the nearest landfill or toxic waste dump, and beat him the rest of the way to death with an aluminum baseball bat!

I know that all sounds quite extreme, and I would never want to see it actually done. But that's the kind of impulse the television series inspired when I saw it. I had read everything up to "Changes" and was still smarting from the emotional response that book's finale had evoked from me after getting deeply attached to the entire cast of characters. So seeing what they did with the television series was tantamount to heresy for me!

The only person that could be trusted to do a Dresden Files television series (and that has a proven track record with this genre) would be Joss Whedon. And it would have to be done by the BBC because only they seem to be smart enough to give new shows proper respect. For proof of this, I submit Doctor Who and Farscape as evidence that BBC knows how to launch a show correctly from the beginning. Sadly, I highly doubt we could ever get Mr. Whedon and the BBC connected properly to bring this all about.

Also, The Dresden Files MUST be a television series, and not a movie series. Only a television series could give Dresden Files the longevity it would  need to properly explore all the minute-but-important details as well as the various primary and secondary story lines woven through the book series that make it so dear to us. And Jim Butcher's style of ending most chapters in a mini-cliffhanger would even lend itself to giving the producers of a show good places to end and begin episodes.

This has all been my opinion, and I am aware that Jim Butcher is on record as having approved of the television series. All that being said, there was one thing about the televiion series that I liked. I liked Paul Blackthorne as Harry Dresden. If you would like to see him in something notable without exposing yourself to the Dresden Files TV series, you need look no further than the "Arrow" television series. he currently portrays Detective Lance in that series.

For some neat stuff that some of you may not know about, I offer this link:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8ZUvr…

It leads to an amateur fan made trailer on YouTube for "Skin Game", the newest Dresden Files book. The people who made it have done multiple Dresden Files projects. They are amateurish, but their work is still entertaining. I'm going to get off my soapbox now, and leave you all in peace.
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DarthYan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
jim butcher didn't mind it. It's never going to be the same and what I saw was okay
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DSillustration Featured By Owner Edited Sep 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I confess I quite liked the TV show. Was it accurate to the books? Definitely not. But it was still a good show. I feel it captured the 'spirit' of Dresden well. Achieving that balance of adventure, mystery and a smidge of campiness is WAY harder to pull off than it looks, and they really got it. It was charming. The show also managed to bring new readers to the books, and that's always good.
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wellis Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
OMG! Harry Dresden! Awesome!
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SuperNormalMan Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
"Teach YOU to fuck with me."
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philnicholl13 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Awesome!!! great work you have really captured the feel of the books!
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Panhead13 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student General Artist
One down....twenty nine to go.
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Dalsih Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
I love it. Its so hard to find really good art of the characters in my favorite book series' no matter how popular they are.
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SanityOrInsanity Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
This picture makes me wanta read the books again! Love it!
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chameequa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
two of my favorite things: Harry Dresden and Dan dos Santos!!!! :-D
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chameequa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
amazing - LOVE
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RosalieMinnie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
totally kickass!
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NoirartTexas Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing one of my favorite book! You totally brought it to life!

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zeromaha2012 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Do more of these please! Your talent, abilities, and skills are totally awesome!!! This would be great artwork for a game based on Dresden & his world.
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Samwitch Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist
This is my favorite Harry picture ever! The details are wonderful! Thanks SO much for sharing this.
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WarriorArnelle Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
I love how you portrayed Dresden here! It looks great!!
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Aka003 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
this is figin' badass
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ShroomBot Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist
In a scale of 1 to 100 this is about....100 amounts of AWESOME.
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ambermdigitalpaints Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool, love the light effects! Can't believe this is traditional! 
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Crimsonberry Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh geez. I'm jelly of the collector. Lovely!
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Therakul Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Love the painting.  Just wish I could remember where and in which book this occurred (unless this is just something you came up with on your own, which doesn't change the coolness of the work one bit).  I do have one question, though.  Don't all of the Denarians have a second set of eyes that become visible when they turn into their demonic forms?  I honestly don't remember if all of them do or not, but it looks like the Denarian hasn't quite given up its human host yet, and it just kind of struck me that the second set of eyes were missing.
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kawaiku Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Took a look at the step-by-steps you posted and have a question about one of your artworks in Part 1. Who is Harry with in this picture (4.bp.blogspot.com/-BwAZ8sIj-Dk…? I want to say it's Lasciel but Harry's bump-ins with women has never been exactly stellar lol.
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DSillustration Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
She's a Fae in disguise that appeared in one of Dresden's short stories. The story was included in the anthology 'Naked City'.
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kawaiku Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Ah! Thanks for the heads up! I didn't know that story was even written!
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lasile Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
can we just talk about the fact that this is not  a digital painting.I mean either way it would be epic work but frankly your oil skills are INSANE.
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DSillustration Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol. It's just experience. Sadly, I got my start before digital painting existed.
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caffeinatedmusing Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great details in this! Now I want to go back and re-read...
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rurounitriv Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the lighting here, and the skidmark.  Harry must have been really pissed that day!
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gioped Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Great character, great series.  Too bad the TV show stunk so bad.  The only thing missing from this piece is the Beetle.
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DSillustration Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I actually kind of like the TV series. It's obviously not faithful to the books, but I do think it did a fair job of capturing the 'flavor' of the stories, and introducing a lot of new people to the series.
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DigitalInked Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
ah hellfire, tis been too long.....dammit Butcher, bring back Lash!
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MIKECORRIERO Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Nothing short of an amazing piece Dan, I love the color contrast and the lighting on the human character is beautiful.
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DSillustration Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Mike! I hope you've been doing well.
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