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(Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell fan-art)

After my painting of the Raven King, another tribute to an amazing book! This time, Lady Pole and the Gentleman. I have to thank that creepy fairy guy for making me google the meaning of "thistle-down". I took revenge by painting him with flowing mermaid hair; I hope he likes it that way too, because I'm not going to make him look like a mad scientist who just discovered the funny properties of nitroglycerine :D

...or maybe I should. It would be a great excuse to paint more Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell fan-art. Hey, I'm really good at finding excuses!
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JayLeeArtwork's avatar
The composition of this is very fitting for the feel of the book. Very fitting indeed :) I may be persnickety about one of my favorite books ever, but I feel people rarely do it justice, and this does. 
Harkale-Linai's avatar
Thank you, it's one of my favourite books too :) And I'm glad you like the composition of my painting... though after more than a year, I now see a lot of anatomy mistakes and things that could be improved. I'll try to rework it, someday ^^
sakura-no-kage's avatar
Salut je ne l'avais pas vu celle là!

Vraiment très beau et les personnages sont très expressifs.
Tu commences vraiment à avoir un bon niveau!

Juste une petite critique je ne saurai dire quoi exactement, mais il y a dans les yeux des personnages quelque chose qui me dérangent.

Sinon faudra que je jette un œil à cet auteur. :)
Mais personne ne peut battre Sir Terry Pratchett!
Harkale-Linai's avatar
Oui, je suis d'accord, les yeux sont bizarres... Mais c'est en partie volontaire : le gusse de gauche est une fée, et l'auteur du bouquin spécifie que ses yeux ont quelque chose d'étrange, trahissant ses origines. Ils sont un peu trop écartés, ce que j'ai interprété comme "un peu trop sur les côtés de la tête"... La dame, quand à elle, souffre d'un manque de sommeil chronique, d'où ses cernes. Mais bon, en fin de compte, ça lui donne un air zarbe aussi ^^

Et je te conseille vivement ce bouquin (en anglais, dans l'idéal), le style et l'histoire sont très originaux. Très différent de celui de Pratchett, mais génial dans son genre :)
seralune's avatar
Oh very beautiful :la:
Bo-Po-Mo-Fo's avatar
Gorgeous composition and use of colors!
Harkale-Linai's avatar
Thank you! You have some truly beautiful paintings in your gallery, by the way.
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Oli-X's avatar
Que dire sinon que ton illustration est magnifique... Tes sujets sont toujours expressifs, tes compos maitrisés, bref je répète un peu la même chose à chaque fois mais quand on a du talent ça fait pas de mal de se l'entendre dire.
Sinon je ne connais pas le bouquin (mécréant que je suis) je l'ajoute donc de suite à ma liste des "10000 trucs à lire/regarder/écouter quand j'aurais du temps".
Harkale-Linai's avatar
Ben, ça fait toujours du bien à mon orgueil surdimensionné :D Plus sérieusement, c'est vraiment gentil de ta part. Les compositions... Il y a un an, je ne savais même pas ce que c'était. J'ai énormément progressé depuis, en grande partie grâce à DeviantArt et aux gens formidables que j'y ai rencontrés ! :badteethhug: 

Pour ce qui est du bouquin, je te conseille très vivement de le lire en anglais. Le style d'écriture a beaucoup de charme, mais risque de moins bien passer à la traduction que les œuvres de Pratchett, simplement parce que certaines tournures volontairement désuètes sont employées, qui n'ont pas réellement d'équivalent en français. C'est un beau pavé d'un milliers de pages, mais il se lit très bien ! J'espère que tu apprécieras.
ReeseBillings's avatar
This looks so cool. Great job!
Harkale-Linai's avatar
I'm glad you enjoy it! Thank you for the watch, too :)
VoiceInForestShadow's avatar
I like the different expressions in this. The swirling motion of the hair and thorns and petals are very dynamic and make it interesting. I haven't heard of the books before, but now I definitely want to check it out.
Harkale-Linai's avatar
Thank you! I hope you'll enjoy reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, then. I know I can be biased when it comes to well-written fantasy books, but I think this one is the best story I've read in the past year, at least. So, if you like Tolkien's work and Austen's style, you should be fine :)
Ros-Poz2's avatar
OH MY GOD THIS IS AMAZING I CAN'T EVEN I SQUEALED SO LOUDLY I LOVE HIS FLOWING HAIR

I draw him with long hair too. With a long ponytail in fact! I love drawing his hair.
I love how smooth it looks! I love the eyes and the lips! So shiny! I love vivid lighting in a picture. I just love how it looks!
I love how Lady Pole's eyes are drooping down a little, so she looks extra sad, and the Gentleman's are thin and look very mischievous!
I love the thorns and the petals which are mixing with the blood, showing that the Gent is causing more harm to her by allowing her to live.
I love that the only vibrant colour is the colour red. Very nice!
I love a lot of things about this picture! I love this so much! It always gives me joy to see people drawing the Gentleman because sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who currently draws him! <3 well I draw him with stephen a lot

Please draw more JSAMN fanart! You are so very talented! I love the way you draw!

I apologise for fangirling so much over this...I just love The Gentleman so much. <3
Harkale-Linai's avatar
Thank you very much for your compliments, fellow fangirl!:badteethhug:  I'm very glad you enjoyed my painting. And I'm even happier to know I'm not the only one fangirling so much about that book :D I don't know who my favourite character is, because I love them all so much, even Mr Norrell or the Gentleman (in his case, it's more of a love/hate thing :D). Probably Childermass, Stephen or Arabella Strange... I want to draw them all, but I don't know if I will have enough time with all the other things that I want to paint ^^ I'd love to paint them in the style of those Dragon Age tarot cards I often see on DeviantArt, but I don't know how it would look in my style.

Anyway, thank you again, I'm glad to know there's at least one person who's happy with my current obsession :D
Ros-Poz2's avatar
You're very welcome! 
Oh, yay! I'm glad! I've been fangirling about this TV show/ book for 1 year now and I'm still very passionate about it!
I do love them all very much too. I love the Gentleman with the Thistle-down Hair, Stephen Black and Lady Pole the most. (The Gent being probably number one...actually definitely.) 
I do like Childermass and Arabella. <3
Do what you like! I would love to see you draw them, but if you want to draw other things that's fine! You do what you want to do! <3
Go for it! You won't know unless you try!

I'm elated with your current obsession! <3 <3

I'm actually currently drawing some thistleblack fanart because I am thistleblack trash ^^"
Harkale-Linai's avatar
Thank you for your encouragements! I'll do my best ;)
Ros-Poz2's avatar
You're welcome! 
Hatsune Miku-02 (Winks) 
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