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WOOT! Here's a compilation of all the marques. Doesn't it look pretty?


From Jacqueline Carey's "Kushiel" series.

A reminder of the canons:

Alyssum - modesty; "With eyes averted"
Balm - compassion; "Rest and be soothed"
Bryony - cupidity and wagering; "Wealth seeks company"
Camellia - perfection; "Without fault or flaw"
Cereus - fleeting beauty; "All loveliness fades"
Dahlia - dignity; "Upright and unbending"
Eglantine - creativity, song, and performance; "To create is to live"
Gentian - mystic purity of spirit; "Truth and vision".
Heliotrope - devotion and love; "Thou, and no other"
Jasmine - pleasure and sensuality; "For pleasure's sake"
Mandrake - dominance; "Yield all"
Orchis - mirth; "Joy in laughter"
Valerian - submission; "I yield"


The individual marque links:

Alyssum - [link]
Balm - [link]
Bryony - [link]
Camellia - [link]
Cereus - [link]
Dahlia - [link]
Eglantine - [link]
Gentian - [link]
Heliotrope - [link]
Jasmine - [link]
Mandrake - [link]
Orchis - [link]
Valerian - [link]
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:iconalexielnoten:
alexielnoten Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
These are absolutely amazing.  Thank you for creating these.

Would I be able to use these images as part of a project, credit and link to your DA will be provided.  These are lovely, thank you for creating them.
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Deviantlinguist Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
Love your interpretations - wish I'd had these to look at when I was reading the books all a decade or so ago!  Fantastic interpretations.  
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:iconimpactbooks:
impactbooks Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
These are some really great design interpretations for the marques! Not quite what I pictured when I was reading, but still some really interesting design.
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:iconmadbarista:
madbarista Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
What are your feelings on me using your designs for a tattoo?

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:iconlady-paragon:
Lady-Paragon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved those books and your interpretation of the marques are beautiful!!!
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Wolfrunner6996 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...I'm Speechless! Bravo, All of these are beautiful!!
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:iconvarwen:
Varwen Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!! Very elegantly done!
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:iconedarke:
edarke Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
How lovely!
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Artania23 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
This is so wonderful and creative!
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:icondaimakaichohild:
DaimakaichoHild Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
As a HUGE fan of the books, I can't tell you how much I love this!!!!
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:iconlifeiscomedy:
LifeIsComedy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
I love that book series so much.
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Zagora-dAnguissette Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Wow totally beautiful renditions of them. You brought them to life for me. Thank you so much!
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Erishkiegal Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ah, this is lovely. So nice to see another perspective on what the marques must have looked like. I believe I may have to start saving my pennies and purchase a print at some point in the future.
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Cibbwin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely work. I don't agree with 'em all, but your skill is fantastic!
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elegaer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Thank you! I didn't ever expect everyone to agree with them, and they represent what was in my mind at the time. I'd probably do something completely different now, but I still like them :D
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:iconcibbwin:
Cibbwin Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
You should do 'em again, just for the hell of it! I'm sure we'd love to see another reinterpretation. :)
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amethystvamp Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
It is quite lovely to see that someone put effort into identifying the many marques of the Night Court. Thank You.
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:iconelegaer:
elegaer Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
I'm glad you like them!
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Genity Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Holy crap... I just finished "Mercy," and was searching around and WOW!... And thanks as well for the listing of each house and its official "affiliation," if you will--very helpful! I'm going to have to look at each of these designs very carefully, seeing as I'm working on my very own tattoo at the moment.
Many thanks for your beautiful, beautiful work! (And of course, to the lovely Miss Carey, who would doubtless love this work!)
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elegaer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
thank you for your comment :D I hope you find some inspiration among the house designs, and yes, she does like them :P
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ocngrl Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
These are great...my husband and I are both reading the books right now. I'm re-reading Kushiel's Avatar before jumping into Kushiel's Scion, and my husband is working on Kushiel's Justice. These are beautiful....
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LaAthenais Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
Have any of the fans of this piece seen work done to depict the house seals from the books? We've been looking for some interpretations of the symbols for Terre d'Ange and some of the houses (Shahrizai, L'Envers, Courcel, etc) to use when we add to our game site.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Great books, beautiful art. :love:
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
I've just started reading Kushiel's Dart and am almost halfway through. I know a novel is wonderful when it breathes on those embers of inspiration and makes me want to draw so many wonderful flitting mental images. I was quite happy to come upon your work while looking for other fanart. These are wonderfully detailed and attentive representations of Carey's descriptions. I will definitely be looking at them when I plan to do some of my own fan art.

Wonderful job!
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elegaer Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
oh yes :D I felt the same. I just wish I could get my mental images of Joscelin sorted enough to draw a good pic of him. Glad you like the marques, and please feel free to use / play with them (if you should so wish!) in your own fan art. I'll look forward to seeing that :D
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:iconlaathenais:
LaAthenais Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
Hi there. These marques are completely beautiful. I am actually here as the Head Admin from KushielMUX, begging if we can use your designs (with credit and link of course) on our new wiki page for the Houses. You can check out the site at [link]. Carey has given the game her gratitude and approval, and many fans would see your beautiful work. (and buy prints? ;)

We would be deliciously appreciative!
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:iconelegaer:
elegaer Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
oh sure!!!! I'd love that :D More later, just wanted to say that's fine :D
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:iconlaathenais:
LaAthenais Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
Hi there. These marques are completely beautiful. I am actually here as the Head Admin from KushielMUX, begging if we can use your designs (with credit and link of course) on our new wiki page for the Houses. You can check out the site at [link]. Carey has given the game her gratitude and approval, and many fans would see your beautiful work. (and buy prints? ;)

We would be deliciously appreciative!
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:iconelegaer:
elegaer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
I've just been looking at your site - wow! I'm even really tempted to join though I know I really have far too much to do and I'm always scared of joining pre-made RP sites LOL
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:iconlaathenais:
LaAthenais Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
So glad you liked it! You should come and log in sometime, who knows, you might have fun! And people would fawn over your fame! (The world of Kushiel fandom art is a small one, and there you are a shining star!)
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Astrastella Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
this is soooo amazing! so much time had to have been put into that. i think i might purchase it for my wall :D
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:iconelegaer:
elegaer Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
thank youuuuuuu :D glad you like it!!
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scoundrelle Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
im in love with your interpretations. very nice. :) what font did you use for the text?
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alysdexia Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018
They're not nescient; you are.
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:iconelegaer:
elegaer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
its called "The King and Queen font" Isnt it *fab*!!
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maggiethestrange Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
You are a genius! :)
If I may, I'd love to borrow one or two for my LJ. They are too gorgeous not to use.

x
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:iconelegaer:
elegaer Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
go for it! :D
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sassyeggs Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
i notice you used the crescent moon version of gentian.
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LilysApple Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007
Love it!! Again such an awesome job!
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:iconelegaer:
elegaer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
thank you D
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Phoenyxphiyre Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
I commented a bit ago, but it didn't show up. I love your Marques series - you have no idea how much - and use the older version of this compilation of the marques as a wallpaper. Is there some way to get the updated version of it without the watermark? It's only to use as a wallpaper, I promise...
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Phoenyxphiyre Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
These are stunningly lovely! This compilatiion pic makes an excellent wallpaper, by the way - is there any way to get this updated version without the watermark marring it?
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tsigane Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
too bad it's so small
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:iconelegaer:
elegaer Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
its really small? hmmm. strange.
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:icontsigane:
tsigane Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
well as for me, i can't read the words^^
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:iconelegaer:
elegaer Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
gah! hmmm. let me look at it again.
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It is indeed lovely :nod:
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:iconmonbaum:
monbaum Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
stunning!!! you must be a very patient person drawing all those knots... :)
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OniShak Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
these look amazing, I think you did Terra D'ange proud! I hope you'll put designs to a few more things from the books some day like maybe Alcuin's marque, the Alban facial tattoos or the symbols for some of the houses like courcel, montreve, and shahrizai theres just so much in there. .but of course thats just a thought the rest of your gallery is beautiful too so I'll be happy so long as you keep drawing =)
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elegaer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
ALcuin's marque is already lurking in the gallery somewhere :D
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