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Dragon Kindred Book Cover by fabianrensch Dragon Kindred Book Cover by fabianrensch
I was commissioned to illustrate a bookcover for Marshall Drews' book Dragon Kindred - And The Gyr Worshipers.
It was loads of fun to develop the looks of both, Venneith and Nerr. If you like Knights, Dragons and fantasy novels, you might want to check it out!

:bulletblue: You can get the book here.

Humans, Beasts and Dragons. Some may claim there's little difference in nature between the three, with rule and order being the fine line between tranquility and peace, as opposed to mindless viciousness with a thirst for pure, unadulterated destruction. Many advocates against this cynical mentality would argue, rather counterproductively, that it be the same order and rule, with a healthy mix of morals, that leads men to hold fast to what is right in a way beasts and kindreds alike are incapable of.

These beasts or monsters written in legend are often observed to be mindless in nature and destructive by law. No sympathy lingers behind their piercing gazes, neither intelligence nor a base desire. Dragons and scaled kindreds alike are said to hold much the same virtues, but one cannot simply say they lack conviction or desire. Within them lies greed for things others may perceive to be useless. Like a newly born duckling imprinting on some large, protective-looking object, a dragon will instil value on anything that catches their eye insomuch that they will defend it until dead.

Within this land there exists such a dragon. One posing as a nuisance and a menace to those around. In the dark hours of the night, a band of men brought together by the same strong morals, rule and order sought to seek out that which caused destruction and unrest however minor it may have been. During this night, the party sent out a single reconnaissance man while the others slept and fewer kept watch in the dark, silent wood. When he returned he reported to the Knight, who had traveled far simply to see their situation out of a vague interest or motive not yet spoken to the others. The reconnaissance man spoke of how he found the Kindred's cave and that the beast itself indeed slumbered blissfully away.

“I did as asked,” the man had said. “And I kept watch for the burnt tops of pine trees. Shortly ahead about a mile and half, we’ll find our bounty, Venneith, my Knight.”




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:iconexeidur:
Exeidur Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, this is so cute! And really nicely drawn :D
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Nexumorphic Featured By Owner Edited Sep 2, 2018
Considering the comparisons to Dark Souls, this can't end well.

Great use of lighting; the form and color of the fire is particularly impressive. Great work!
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:iconmaddonut25:
MadDonut25 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I'd say its optimistic...
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:iconninjadapug:
Ninjadapug Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really want to read the book now, this is amazing!
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:iconfabianrensch:
fabianrensch Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Feel free to have a look at it :)
Thank you!
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:iconninjadapug:
Ninjadapug Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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:iconunderpable:
Underpable Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Student General Artist
You shouldn't give souls to dragons. They gave Seath one and he became a bitch
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:iconfabianrensch:
fabianrensch Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, but without Seath there's no Moonlight Greatsword :P
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:iconmaddonut25:
MadDonut25 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 31, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Only to other dragons, he was cool with the hoomans tho... for the most part.
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:iconknight-in-space:
Knight-in-Space Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  New Deviant Student General Artist
So awesome! >~<
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:iconmichaeljohnmorris:
MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Aww!! ^^
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:iconweilis:
weilis Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hewwoo
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:iconfabianrensch:
fabianrensch Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Hewwwwwo
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:iconwolfguard22:
Wolfguard22 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018
Very nice piece.
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:iconjabroyles:
jabroyles Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Professional Photographer
Very cool!!
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:iconreal-live-fishlegs:
Real-Live-Fishlegs Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018
"Awww, I can't slay youuuu, little guy!"

But in all seriousness, this is amazing work! Excellent use of lighting and evocative imagery.
Perfect for a book containing said subject matter! 
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:iconfabianrensch:
fabianrensch Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I appreaciate it. :)
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:iconreal-live-fishlegs:
Real-Live-Fishlegs Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018
You're very welcome, sir! 
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:iconmaddonut25:
MadDonut25 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Student Digital Artist
That's Baaaaasically how it turned out to be. I'm the Author btw lol, its weird saying that now really.
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:iconreal-live-fishlegs:
Real-Live-Fishlegs Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018
Noice to meet you! 
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:iconkaribuxy:
KaribuXY Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018
I smell some serious Dark Souls Tragedy ;)
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:iconjagerin004:
Jagerin004 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!
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:iconzerglurkerzelure:
ZergLurkerZelure Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing wtf
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:iconsaramagyk:
SaraMagyk Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this. You are so talented!
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:icondgold123:
DGold123 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018
nice work~!:)
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BULLETPROOFCHEETAH Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018
This is interesting, age old enemies that appear to be collaborating!Baldi-Happy 
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:iconaustin-kispotta:
Austin-Kispotta Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Really nice work for a cover!
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:iconfabianrensch:
fabianrensch Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconvolinfer:
Volinfer Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't believe I see something worthy in "Popular". Nice work with lighting!
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:iconfabianrensch:
fabianrensch Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, thank you! Love your work : )
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:iconvolinfer:
Volinfer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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:icondaria102205:
daria102205 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work! Clap 
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:iconguilty-10-games:
Guilty-10-Games Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018
Niacin Armor.
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:icondrphoenixjkz:
DrPhoenixJKZ Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018
Awesome! It certainly can be used for broadcasting on this book! It's really impressive and brilliant work!
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:iconfabianrensch:
fabianrensch Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you think so!
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:icondrphoenixjkz:
DrPhoenixJKZ Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018
My pleasure.
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:icondrphoenixjkz:
DrPhoenixJKZ Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018
My pleasure.
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sfontain097 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018
Nice, for a book cover it sparks some curiousity.
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:iconfabianrensch:
fabianrensch Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad it does that :)
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:iconwar2040:
War2040 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Good for a book.
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:iconfabianrensch:
fabianrensch Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconjack-lant:
Jack-Lant Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's kinda hard not to mistake this as Dark Souls fanart.
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:iconfabianrensch:
fabianrensch Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I think the story has influences of Dark Souls in it but is a whole new universe for sure. :)
And maybe my love for Dark Souls influenced the illustration as well, but psssht.
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PhantomInvasions420 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! I love knights and dragons so this instantly got my attention. I think you did wonderful with this piece. This would get my attention if I crossed it in a book store.
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:iconfabianrensch:
fabianrensch Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, glad to hear that : )
If you're interested, you might want to check out the kindle version.
Cheers!

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:iconhunlzzle:
Hunlzzle Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool!!
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:iconfabianrensch:
fabianrensch Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconhunlzzle:
Hunlzzle Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You’re welcome ^^
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