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This is the French cover art for the tremendous Book "The name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss.

I Tried to be quite close to the book, in the spirit. For those who had the chance to read it, let's say this is more another vision of Kvothe's legend, that the real one.
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Critique by Lokine Apr 16, 2010, 3:03:39 PM
Je ne suis pas sûre que ça compte vraiment comme une critique, mon niveau n'étant même pas comparable au votre, mais pour faire simple, votre couverture est la plus belle que l'on puisse offrir à un roman.
Bien sûr, du point de vue de la technique, on frise la perfection: la composition est bonne, l'ambiance touche juste avec des teintes qui font penser à l'automne et rappellent une certaine mélancolie, mais aussi la chaleur grâces au même couleurs, qui évoquent indéniablement la douceur et le lyrisme de certains passages. Le vent, est lui, bien présent, qui s'engouffre dans les vêtements et les cheveux de Kvothe, joue avec ceux-ci...
De plus, votre patte artistique et le talent dont vous avez fait preuve crèvent tant les yeux que je me demande encore si je ne vais pas finir aveugle.
Cinq étoiles partout donc, parce que votre couverture dégage à elle seule toute la puissance du roman. Je n'ai de ma vie jamais vue telle chose. Et d'ailleurs il faudra revoir l'adage qui dit que la couverture ne fait pas le livre, parce que dans ce cas ci, la couverture colle au bouquin telle la moule sur la roche (c'est peu lyrique mais ça me semble logique).
Comme décrire encore l'émotion qui assaille le pauvre lecteur innocent qui tombe sur le Nom du Vent?
Vous êtes doué, très, mais à mes yeux (larmoyant à force de regarder cette œuvre è_é ) cette illustration restera la plus belle de toutes vos créations. Alors comme dire? Bravo.
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Son-Reborn Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Artist
Fabulous!! I love this saga, its art perfectly captured the spirit of the story. Your job is beautiful. You who made the second cover?
bendwalk Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018
I love your art! Such detailed depictions of good stories, such implied action/movement.  

Quick question on this piece -- what is the square column to the left of the city?  I don't remember it from the books... and it seems like it wasn't on some of the french covers?
IsoleCimeleh Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018
C'est mon livre préféré ! And I LOVE your draw. It is so beautiful, so poetic... like the book. Thank you for making this amazing cover. To be honnest, it is one of the reason that I buy the book. And because the picture reflects the story, I never feel disappointed. It's perfect. Thank you.
SarahRezende Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018

I'm in love with your art. thanks
xelianthought Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017
SharonDA1 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Student Digital Artist
So amazing!! And from my favorite book!Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] 
Wish I could buy it, but really man, nice work!
kamael1988 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017
Beautiful !
KehXKeova Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Love this pic so much!!

Fantastic job!! :w00t!:
diebitch2947 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It reminds me to the original romantic art. Meow :3 
OMGABRIEL Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
Nice.. Excellent!
Mogofod Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
this is so beautiful it perfectly captures the image of young kvothe. Impoverished, bedraggled and yet standing proud. Unbroken by life, ready to take on university and the chandrian in spite of the challenges that he's faced.
Musicist Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I don't know if you know but the Hungarian version of the book features this artwork too(actually a cropped version) but your name is nowhere to be seen. Its not mentioned at all. I felt like I should warn you, there may be some copyright issues with it.
Kapa-V Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015   General Artist
I really like the way you have pictured Kvothe and the University. It has the feeling of a long journey coming to it's end, a final breather before the new start. The warm colour palette gives to the Univesity really nice and inviting feeling. :)
EricTiddle Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks like Skyrim ^-^
IsoleCimeleh Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018
Yep, and in Skyrim, there is a soldier who tells you that he took an arrow on his knee... Like the caracter of the Name of the Wind ! :)
Have a good day.
dragonsinger99 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Student General Artist
I am almost finished reading the book, and your artwork is incredible!
corafoerstner Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
I read the book when it first came out. I think you did a great job of capturing the spirit of the book. Wonderful.
aslove Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely stunning! The Name of the Wind is such a brilliant book and I am so thrilled to see that there are talented people out here creating such amazing fan-art! You really captured the atmosphere that I imagined with the book. This is absolutely beautiful :)
MarcSimonetti Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Please note that it isn't a fan-art: This is an official cover art, for France and Brazil, and some other countries as well.
I know the difference might be confusing, but it was a job, with everything associated to that :)
aslove Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, I am so incredibly sorry! I didn't know this drawing as the cover of the books. But it's absolutely stunning so I kind of wish I now had that version of the book.
MarcSimonetti Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No need to be sorry :)

Thanks a lot!
JacobBakk Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Goosbumps man...
Scarlett-Winter Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
I love the book cover ! (:
a2vaaaly Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work and a charming scene, very well executed!
ramonmoreno Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
it looks like when he went to the university 
Shadow-Of-Nicte Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work ^^
PistachioInfernal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
So lovely, you really captured the spirit and the vision of the series :love:
Sylphara Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing picture, amazing book. Nothing more to say.
SithLordLiisa Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
NLeicam Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist
I bought this book because this case is very amazing!
this cover is very, very cool!!!

Tokkra Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Fabulous artwork of a great book!
VelCake Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm so happy your artwork is the cover for the brazilian version of Kingkiller Chronicles, it's a thousand times better than the american cover in my opinion. To tell you the truth, it was because of this cover that I picked up the book in my local library and started to read it, because it was so beautiful... and that was the best decision ever, now this is my favourite book series ever.
I really hope you illustrate our version of The Doors of Stone as well:love:
MarryEllen Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
boah, this looks epic!
hunterofdeath Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. I started reading the book for the amazing cover, and now is one of my favorite series. Awesome wouldn't describe what you do.
BigGoronSword Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Are you excited about The Name of the Wind TV show that's coming? 20th Century Fox bought up the rights. I'm sure this will give Patrick Rothfuss more incentive to finish the third book.
Sovoy21 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So cool! *__* I've already read the book (The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear) and cannot wait for the third part to be released ....
Mymonkeysocks Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is one of my favorite fan art pieces
MarcSimonetti Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, but it's not a fan art, it's the cover art for France and Brazil.
Merwyn-L Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Je trouve cette couverture excellente, c'est en grande partie grâce à elle que j'ai acheté ce livre. Et même si je ne l'ai pas encore finit je trouve qu'elle correspond parfaitement à l'histoire du livre.
Du très bon travail !
uauaUahalo Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist
i realy love this one! i already got exited about it when i just saw it at the recommendations in the small format and i was right, its wunderfull! but i wonder if there is a even bigger format of this one somewhere to be able to enjoy it even more ;)
blackstar707 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am speechless. This is perhaps one of the most phenomenal pieces of art I've ever seen. :wow: The atmosphere, the placement, the colors and's all purely breathtaking.
Mint22 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
You know, I've had this painting in a folder on my computer for a couple of years now, and I always wondered who made it. The style is subtle and unpretentious, and if you've read the book you know that it encapsulates everything that Kvothe felt at that precise moment, which is why it's so powerful.
Artificial-Indivdual Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awhesome! droolingg
Deimurus Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013 really amazing
Sorain26 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Such a breathtaking piece of art :D. I love the color scheme.
December94 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Simply incredible! :) I feel like im reading the whole book all over again! Can't wait for the 3rd volume..!!
Absolutely love this interpretation.
BlackRaven003 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I actually am reading the book right now.
I bought it for the fact that seeing on it the artwork of an artist that I knew was for me a great source of thrill. I proudly told everyone who asked me about this book that you were the artist behind the creation of its magnificent cover and linked some of them to your gallery ( those friend of mine do not have DeviantArt accounts, sadly. It would have gave you a lot of +fav, that I am sure of ).

In all honesty, I seriously believe this artwork of yours to be the most beautiful book cover I have ever seen. "Brilliant work from a brilliant artist" I would say.

I actually wondered about the cover of the last book, "The Doors of Stone"... It has not yet been officially announced if I remember but have you heard of something about it ? ( If it's permitted for you to answer this question ). I am obviously very eager to read the book itself but I feel even more eager toward the desire of seeing its cover!

Once again, brilliant work from a brilliant artist. Thanks to you for this marvelous artworks which made me discover a whole new world of legends.

Sincere admiration from the bottom of my heart - Guillaume .Cyr

P.S : If you desire to give this commentary of mine an answer, free to you to speak French or English, I understand both.
firefox42 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!! :D
I love the series, and this really captures it :O
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