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Phedre's Marque - versions



If you've read Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel trilogy, you'll understand this. If you haven't, well ... Phedre (the "heroine" of the books) has a marque / tattoo covering her back, put there as a sign of her trade as an anguissette. The official version isn't great - well, I think so - [link] - at least it doesn't follow the book description very well:
"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)

Anyway, I'm working on a picture of Phèdre and Joscelin from the books, and kind of got waylaid into making marque designs ...

Shitty, crappy scan. Apologies. Scanner having a bad day!
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Simple and elegant-- excellent depiction!