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Ladies of Grace Adieu

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(fan art of one of Susanna Clarke's short stories, The Ladies of Grace Adieu)

[...] suddenly one of the owls cried out -- a hideous screech to freeze the blood.
Miss Tobias looked down and crossed her hands -- the very picture of a modest governess. "They do that, you know," she said, "to petrify their prey with fear; to turn it, as it were, to stone. That is the cruel, wild magic of owls."


I love Susanna Clarke's writing style :D But unfortunately, I don't know how to do justice to her talent. I explored different drawing styles with my fan arts of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, because I have no idea which style would fit that universe best... I painted this one traditionally, and added a few corrections in Photoshop afterwards. Once it's scanned, the gold parts look... odd, to say the least, but I like her creepy face ^^
Image size
3197x3098px 5.92 MB
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Focal Length
35 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Feb 26, 2017, 5:12:59 PM
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Filia-Secunda's avatar
I haven't read the short stories (just JS&MN) and have no idea what the context is for this picture, but it's beautiful and badass enough to favorite anyway.
Harkale-Linai's avatar
Thank you very much! And if you enjoyed JSMN, you should like Susanna Clarke's collection of short stories too :)
Milarcha's avatar
Oh, I thought I had already commented how excellent this is but seems like I didn't so now I'll do it: excellent work! <3
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Thank you very much for your kind words, fellow fan of Susanna Clarke's books :)
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Gorgeous, don't know the short story but I think you did quite good justice for it! I so love the use of green red and brown here. Can't really say what you did digitally but I love the outcome nonetheless! :D

(Sorry, my inbox is currently a mess of over 700 deviations or so, I'm late watching and commenting on them... Sweating a little...)
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Thank you for your kind words! If I remember well, I used Photoshop to locally change the saturation and clean up some lines...

And I know how you feel... I just come back from holiday, and I'm currently trying to catch up on my watchlist ^^
seralune's avatar
So pretty details :la:
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Absolutely beautiful artwork! I like the colors, composition and idea! Well done!

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Thank you! It's very kind of you to say so (though I must say that in my opinion, you understand watercolour much better than I do ^^)
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Earlinwe, don't be shy! You have a wonderful artworks and interesting gallery Nod 

Thanks for your kind words Shy 
As for my watercolor skills, I think I still have much to learn :D (Big Grin) 

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TiphLaMerveille's avatar
C'est vraiment féérique comme souvent ce que tu fais.
Et je ne connais pas Suzanne Clarke non plus^^;
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Vive le féérique ! Et je te recomande vivement Susanna Clarke, elle a un style très original... La BBC a aussi transformé son livre le plus connu (Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell) en une courte série bien sympa, si tu préfères !
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Il faudra que je me penche dessus un jour :)
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The way you did this is extraordinary!  The faces on the owls are so, so sweet and I love the vibrant reds and all the details.  As someone else who has read The Ladies of Grace Adieu, I can tell you that this work not only "did justice to her talent," but also complimented it very well.  Wonderful job!
Harkale-Linai's avatar
Thank you for your kind words, I'm really honored you think so! And I'm glad you enjoy Susanna Clarke's books... I'd love her work to be better known among fantasy fans :)
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omg this is amazing
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Thank you very much ^^
atram95's avatar
Your draw is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!
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thank you for your kind words :)
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