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Leading you home by e-soulu Leading you home by e-soulu
Artist: Eva Soulu

An illustration for my novel "Vestnik" ("Messenger").

Completed: December 29, 2010
Tools: Wacom Graphire 2, Painter 6.0, Adobe Photoshop CS2

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Portrait of Alesya, the character from my novel. She first came into existence when I was 10 years old. Can't believe how long I've been living with this story.
Done as a NY present to my sister.

Upd.: Many thanks to archanN for such words about Alesya and to Atramina -- for making "Leading you home" a DD.

If you know Russian, you can read the book here (если вы знаете русский, то книгу можно почитать здесь):
vestnikbook.com

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My tumblr account: eva-soulu.tumblr.com
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Given 2011-01-19
Leading you home by ~LAMP-ag is powerful, like a deity. Her sight is calm, pure and strong as fire, and it really transmits that supernatural feeling only fantastic creatures give off. ( Suggested by archanN and Featured by Atramina )
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Peter-pools Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
She is lovely. She looks like she might be related to Laura Marling
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:icone-soulu:
e-soulu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
No idea who it is, but she must be cool. :)
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Peter-pools Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Laura Marling is certainly cool and talented. Google is your friend
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Peter-pools Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting perspective.

I did say, "she is lovely" and "might be related to"

I will refrain from such insults in future.

Interesting choice, putting a really clear image of a character with a book.  I always enjoy letting the words of a book create an image in my head.  Sometimes, when I see how a character is portrayed in a film from a book, I am disappointed.  Then casting for big budget films is an altogether different thing.  the author gives up control (unless it's J K Rowling! ha ha )  
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e-soulu Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Since my character is fictional, there is no way she can be biologically related to any real person, so that "might be related to" reads only as "looks like that other girl".
It's a regular thing for human mind to try and match things it sees with something it already knows (regardless of how much or little resemblance there is). And often these comparisons are meant as compliments. It doesn't encourage creative folk for a number of reasons I hope you read about.

Portraying character from the book is an interesting choice how? Every second book has its' character(s) on the front cover. :)
Also, being an artist and a writer gives me an opportunity to show my characters the way they meant to be. Simple.
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Peter-pools Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll be explicit, might be related to as I meant it, means shares some characteristics in a way relatives do. Generally, I would say a fictional face having real human characteristics is actually a good thing as many look blank and not at all authentic as living people.

Yes, humans have evolved a powerful habit of seeking out similarities and categorizing, it's a useful cognitive skill.

When a creative person puts work in the world they have no control over how it is seen or commented upon. Most are glad of any attention that isn't negative. In another universe, I operate in arts other than the visual and am used to the idea that once a product is published it has a life of its own.

I wonder what the statistics are on having characters on a cover of a book? You say 50%. I must be reading different books to you. We have way too many books and the only covers with characters I've seen as I scan a few dozen are Bridget Jones's Diary, a couple of Potters, The Enchatress of Florence and The Fall of Kelvin Walker.

BTW I am an irritating pedant, '...book has ITS character...', surely.
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e-soulu Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I'm sorry for any grammar mistakes. I started to use English only several years ago, and as a self-taught speaker am bound to do mistakes (and learning from natives is hard, since they are not grammar nazi at all). If it bothers you, we can speak Russian -- I'm much better with it.

We all have our own perception, that's totally fine. You have the right to tell me what you think; I have the right to tell you what I think about that.

As for the book covers... How did you say, "Google is your friend"? Try "books with characters on covers" or something like that. Thankfully, "dozen are Bridget Jones's Diary, a couple of Potters, The Enchatress of Florence and The Fall of Kelvin Walker" don't cover literature. ))
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Zazoreal Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I get this calm feeling when i look at this artwork and the name feels like it echos. Well done great artwork.^^
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e-soulu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly!
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Shiro255RGB Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
Вау КРАСИВАЯ :wow:
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TheodoreVoronov Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016
Кто делал иллюстрацию?
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e-soulu Featured By Owner Edited Mar 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Я публикую только свои работы.
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TabuKleon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student
so beautiful *_____*
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Guest54 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
Первый раз вижу фэнтезийную  икону. И признаюсь, она просто божественна. Рисуйте ещё, и как можно больше.

Дальнейших успехов. :)
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e-soulu Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Спасибо. :) Честно говоря, об иконах я не думала, пока рисовала, это ведь даже не фэнтези (к чему религиозные мифы весьма близко расположены), а НФ. Хотя это тоже забавный поворот.
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Beautiful work. Very well done. 
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:icone-soulu:
e-soulu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
You're welcome.
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imhilien Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely. :)
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Monkey-Fromthebridge Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ho, I wish I knew Russian but I only know the alphabet D ;
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:icone-soulu:
e-soulu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's a start! (I wish my English were better, so I could translate the novel myself.)
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Monkey-Fromthebridge Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well, maybe it will be translated in english one day : ) it could be great ! or, at least, in French 8D
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e-soulu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I wish for that too. :)
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AbyssalDaemon Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
You've done amazing job on both the suit and hair.
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suprem0 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Visually stunning and gorgeously detailed. Paints all sorts of ideas in my mind just trying to know more about this mysterious character. Truly excellent work.
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:icone-soulu:
e-soulu Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly!
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mks5958 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Gorgeous!
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Skandron Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Stunning! The colours, the details, her face and hair and eyes ... all gorgeous!
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artifart Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Her face is very beautiful
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats, your wonderful work is nominated for our "Eye Candy at the day" :iconsoulcollectors: today you find your work on our main page and also here [link]
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e-soulu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly for the feature!
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
always my pleasure :love:
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bossie-boots Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Incredible :love:
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KirenBagchee Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Really love this :)
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent !!!
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Fangaroo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome !
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anacecilia22 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Writer
Kind of looks like Joanne of Arc
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spiritual2011s Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
wow
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Photographer
Absolute Trancendence of Beauty

Delicate Class Sensitive...!!!...:heart:

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GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Thank you for letting us feature your Amazing work! :iconfantasyfans101::iconslipperyhugplz:
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fuelavriling Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
soft lighting
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Keeper-Of-The-Hollow Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Very similar, no? [link]
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e-soulu Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, weird - the link in your previous post didn't show up before.
I saw "Rosa" couple of weeks ago, but didn't notice any resemblance with my own art. Now, when I tried to find some, I've got the feeling you spoke of complicated patterns on tight suits. Am I right? If so, I doubt "Rosa's" creator even saw my art. And if he did, he has played the inspiration in his own way which is good. :)
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Yes that was what I meant.
Sorry for the delay.
I came across the short from a friend of mine. When I watched I noticed a similarity in the pattern of the suits since I came across your piece before watching the short.

Great artists think alike.
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e-soulu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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e-soulu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
With what?
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Redspades Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
that kicks some ass
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frogeyedape Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
For some reason I saw this and thought immediately of Jane from Orson Scott Card's Ender series. Beautifully done :) Have you published Vestnik? I ask because I'm working on my own novel
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e-soulu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I hope Vestnik will be published soon. But for now I don't want to run ahead of the horse with any official announcements. :)
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