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Dune - St Alia of the Knife
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Published: September 14, 2009
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St. Alia Atreides at age 17. I imagine somewhere between Children and Messiah when she is beginning to adopt her role as a religious figure among the Fremen.

I wanted it to be a sort of classic portraiture of her, which I rendered first, and then I later thought it would be cool to frame her with a window shaped like a rising sandworm.

If you're wondering why she is so colorful, it is because my readings of Herbert's Dune has always used color very symbolically and very vividly to describe clothes.
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JynxedDraca's avatar
JynxedDraca|Student Digital Artist
There used to be a video of you drawing this with commentary and, honestly, I love watching that video.  I can't seemed to find it though on the site that it was on.  Is there any place I might be able to watch it?  Or is it down for good?
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Gorrem|Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm unfortunately I didn't keep that vid around, it's pretty old and I've done other process-paint videos since then. I can't even remember what I said! I probably wouldn't upload it again since my methods and thought process have changed so much.
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JynxedDraca|Student Digital Artist
That's fair, I'll probably go find your other process videos then.  I didn't know you had more than the one.  Thank you for the response.  :)
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ada-arts13| Traditional Artist
Stunning
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DaiDreama's avatar
You've so perfectly captured my personal picture of Alia. Is there any chance of this being available as a print?
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ada-arts13| Traditional Artist
I second that about the print
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Cymeshy's avatar
Your Alia looks awesome.
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Poppechild's avatar
Poppechild|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Precious artworks. :D
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artmikah's avatar
she's gorgeous
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Quadeus|Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning. Absolutely stunning
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tamaranorbust's avatar
One of the most convincing pics of Alia I've ever seen - amazing!
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Ambient-Vibe|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant. Stunning work. :) More Dune, please!
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Vanguard3000|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work!  I especially like the iridescent colouring on her robes.
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bachterman's avatar
love the gom jabbars.
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riverotter7|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Excellent. Alia has "the Look" down pat. It's a shame really that she went madder than a dozen or so March Hares.
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Hank-Farshy|Hobbyist General Artist
She reminds me of Azula
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arkozo's avatar
Gom jabbars? :3
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clockwork-madness|Professional Digital Artist
This is so awesome!
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iSignIn's avatar
Alia is a babe! A terrifying babe. You captured that well.

The posture and expression reminds me of certain portraits of Elizabeth I of England.
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jamlebrilla|Student General Artist
This is amazing. You really projected the "Fear Me" aura that Alia is supposed to have. 
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KidXister|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is beautiful, I have to show my husband Dune is his all time favorite book.
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MissArisu|Hobbyist General Artist
I'm interested in her story, this is the first time I've ever heard of her.. Very nice painting! The details and colors are simply amazing! The shadows are too! And the smoke!
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DarlingMionette|Professional Digital Artist
[link] <-Your work has been featured here :3
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Oh, i finally found you - the author of this image:D
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