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elantra: High Lord, Consort, Evarrim and Ynpharion

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Cell-shaded illustration of the scene between the High Lord, the Consort, Lord Evarrim and Lord Ynpharion from Chapter 21 of Cast in Flame by Michelle Sagara.

The title of the painting is "The building’s name is...Helen", and it was inspired by the following passage:

It [the building] has six points, Ynpharion told her, if it is symmetrical.
It looks nothing like Helen.
Helen?
Damn it. The building’s name is Helen.

Ynpharion coughed. Sadly, the cough was not entirely on the inside of his mouth. It is your influence, he told her sourly. And of course, I will bear the consequences. He dropped into an instant bow. “Apologies, Lord.”

“There is very little that is either amusing or outrageous occurring to my knowledge,” the High Lord replied. “You will, of course, explain.”

Ynpharion didn’t want to explain anything in front of Evarrim—and Kaylin didn’t want him to, either. It was the second time this evening that they were in lock step. Evarrim is less of a concern than the displeasure of the High Lord.

Kaylin didn’t believe it. I’m not going to stop you. I’m not going to try. But—I don’t trust him.

Of course not, was his impatient reply. The miracle of you is that you trust anyone at all, and survive. “Lord Kaylin believes that the building’s name is...Helen.”

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WyzzelHobbyist General Artist
I don´t know how you can do such amazing cloters, backgrounds, light and details ... but you are a damn GOD of beautiful and harmonious atmosphere in scenes!!!
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Your art is amazing! And the High Lord's armour is awesome!
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Thanks ever so much! I am glad you like it. :D
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Awesome!
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a-peridoxStudent General Artist
dude, this is impeccable. wonderful work as always; you'll have to teach me or something! haha.
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MathiaArkonielProfessional Digital Artist
Lol. Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment. I am super happy to hear you like this piece. :D
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and I also liked your drawings of the archangels
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MathiaArkonielProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I am glad you like my archangels as well. :D
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That's really beautiful your very talented
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Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment!
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*-* <3 

So beautiful :)
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Thank you very much! I am glad you like it. :D
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:3
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What a beautiful scene. I can't get over how you made the floor look so shiny. How do you do it?! :) Those handsome elves are drool-a-licious too! mmmm!
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MathiaArkonielProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I am glad you like this piece, Kuro. As for the floor; pretty easy. First make it all smooth and shiny, and then just reflect everything in it, which adds the feeling of a polished shiny floor. :D
I totally agree with you on the elves (Barrani as they are known in this series). I do so love them.
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Evarrim's smug face is just the best :D (Big Grin) so much for being very straight forward for a Barrani
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MathiaArkonielProfessional Digital Artist
Lol. I do so love Evarrim, with all of his flaws. :XD: I am glad you like how I represented him here.
atusapersian's avatar
superb! can't get enough of your elantran commissions!
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MathiaArkonielProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the compliment! I am happy you like my Elantra illustrations, though this is not a commission. It's a personal illustration/fanart of the novels, if you will. No one commissioned me to do this. I always specify in the artist's comments if it's a commission. :D
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wow! it was not commissioned and you did it as a personal illustration! i am beyond amazed!it shows tour enthusiasm and diligence. and i'm sorry if i didnt notice that its not commisioned (my bad!). anyway, its a great piece of work and its obvious that you put a lot into making it! i'm really happy because i can see these beautiful pieces of art and appreciate them! they help me visualize some scenes in chronicles of elantra series in a better way! thank you!Hug 
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MathiaArkonielProfessional Digital Artist
No worries at all! And yes, I absolutely adore this series!! Thank you again so much for your wonderful compliment. :D
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chronicvillainyHobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaahhh those details are amazing! The armour, the fabrics on the guy in red...they really stand out! :D The map, however, is really impressive as well. It's not something that immediately stands out, but it's awesome that you've painted it nonetheless; it definitely adds to the picture! :D I also like how the person in the front is slightly blurred, putting the focus on the trio he's bowing for. Good job! :D
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That MAP, though. DAMN. I am so impressed! <3
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Lol. Thank you very much. I am overjoyed to hear that you like it. :D
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