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Offspring Cover

By kerembeyit
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Cover art for the upcoming book named Offspring (The Sword of the Dragon Book 2) by Scott Appleton [link]

The book will be published in in Spring 2011.

Originally I didn't go with that costume and made the sword differently, here's the first sketch:

But the author was strict about his descriptions so the first version turned out like this:

Finally they thought the backlights drew too much attention so I turned this into a night scene.


Note: I used reference for the cave.

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Wihr's avatar
Awesome :+fav:
AnnaRDunster's avatar
all your links to original sketches and so on are broken now :(
isaacbenezra's avatar
Is the girl in the picture the same girl in your picture playtime?
BlueWolf007's avatar
Hmmm... let's see- the boomerang OR the glowing, magical sword of doom? What to do. What to do..... :iconthinkingplz:
AokiBengal's avatar
I noticed on the author's site that he asked you to redo the cover because this one seemed to "sexually provocative". Personally I see nothing sexual about the image. Maybe I'm just blind to it or it's just the probably over rantings of a conservative soccer mom. Though as said I see nothing wrong with the cover.

That aside, fantastic work on this one and the new cover, as well as the one for Key of Living Fire.
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ThisIsLydiaStudent Interface Designer
looked at the other versions of this drawing and yeah i think i like this one best.. its awesome
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I makes me wanna play pen and paper RPG. Right NOW :) Love it
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EvergreenaProfessional Digital Artist
Wow, this is so beautiful. I read the first book, and I'm looking forward to reading this one as well. I love the final version; it looks good as a night scene. Though, I have to admit, I like your original costume design, even if it doesn't fit with the story.
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I really Love the use of colors and Detail!!! :mangapunksai:
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b10aHobbyist Digital Artist
Nice picture :-) I got to agree with the author, the backlights do draw a lot of attention. I like how you solved that with a nightscene. It also makes (glowing of) the sword come out better. I also like the costume you designed at first better. I just fits better with the sword somehow.
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AnubitFireHobbyist Digital Artist
I like the flame looking one better but in a night scene the glowing sword does look better. nice work on all of them tho!
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Gorgeous :heart:
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tamivelduraHobbyist Digital Artist
As an author and reader, thank you THANK YOU for changing the initial to better reflect the story. Most of us writers can't draw what the words can paint and seeing the final book in hand with a cover that reflects the text inside makes the whole insane project finally worth it.
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darkHunTer2009Hobbyist Photographer
This piece has been featured in my Journal Under the section "Fantastic Digital Art!" :D [link] :rose: :dalove:
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JohnnyflamesProfessional Digital Artist
I liked the progression from sketch to final and the way it turned out. The ornate dress tells of a mysterious & important magical land quality to the illustration. Background etc - You did a great job !
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plastikmaniacStudent General Artist
Is that a boomerang on the ground?
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Vivienne-MercierHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Definitely looks better as a night time scene. Your paintings are really gorgeous.
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liespies5Student Photographer
Featured here: [link] :heart:
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ayuICHIHobbyist General Artist
Fantastic color, I'm blown away.
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kendall95Hobbyist General Artist
I like the black and white one best, but all of them are really great.
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You really do the most beautiful illustrations :clap: :+fav:
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SilentlyDamnedHobbyist Writer
Always a fan of strong female characters. This looks awesome.
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Nice work on the glow!
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