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The Shining Palm of Arya Shadeslayer by megcowley The Shining Palm of Arya Shadeslayer by megcowley
This is my entry for the #eragonfanclub "Arya & Firnen" contest; due date tomorrow! I only just made it.

**SPOILER WARNING** Some people still apparently haven't read the last book of the Inheritence Cycle, so, if you haven't, this description will be a spoiler.

For fans of the Inheritance series (by Christopher Paolini), this is the moments after Firnen (the dragon) hatches for the elf Arya (erm... the disembodied hand is Arya!), and, when she touches him for the first time, the gedwy ignasia ("shining palm") forms on her palm; and thus, she becomes a dragon rider! Happy days. :giggle:

I hope I win the contest, it would be satisfying after putting lots of effort into this piece! In any case, it was amazing (like a breath of fresh air) to be able to dust off my Wacom and become absorbed in a painting again. I've missed it so. :-)

I enjoyed painting this a lot generally (didn't keep track of how long it took to paint, but quite a few hours. I dunno, if I had to guess, maybe ten or something?) Very therapeutic to paint scales, and satisfying to paint dragons. I hope that, by providing this picture so large, that you can see the textures in it (I used a cracked mud texture by ~HumbleBeez humblebeez.deviantart.com/art/… ). I'm hoping I managed to get the very harsh light painted convincingly; it was hard!

Anyway, enjoy. It's been a while since I was able to post last, so my apologies! Hope to post again soon. :-)

:heart:

Meg
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www.artbymeg.co.uk
megan@artbymeg.co.uk
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:icondogman15:
Dogman15 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Your work was featured on Shurtugal.com: shurtugal.com/2013/10/18/gedwe…
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megcowley Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for letting me know - I saw it pop up on my facebook newsfeed yesterday, which was a pleasant surprise! Hope you like the drawing. :-)
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SilverHeatDragon11 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! PS do you take requests?
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :-) No, I do not take requests.
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SilverHeatDragon11 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, ok. And you're welcome! :)
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Evrielleir Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
It is so beautiful, simply magnificent. Q.Q
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the lovely comment and fave. :-)
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Qwin321 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
This is amazing.
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :-)
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altair05 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Wow it's amazing.
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :-)
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Faithypooh Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
OMIGAWD I SHOULD NOT HAVE CLICKED ;_;
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Why...?
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Faithypooh Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Spoilers ;_;
xD It's a lovely picture though <3
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aww, well unfortunately there's a lot of spoiler art out there if you haven't read the final book. Hope you get to read it soon if you're intending to. :-)
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Faithypooh Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Oh, I finished it a few days ago.
Was totally freaking out and crying at the end. Dx
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aww! I cried at the end too :XD: :hug:
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Faithypooh Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I think it was more because I just couldn't believe it was over! xD //hugs
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, probably the same for me too! :hug:
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Yolizz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Luv it! this is amazing!
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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Jasmijjn Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great! Firnen is so adorable:love:
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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Solarget Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this. I love Eragon =3=
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I love Eragon too! :)
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cece9991 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Gah! This is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!! I love it!!! The hand is perfect, and Firnen is adorable..

If you don't win, ima gonna be very mad!!!
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for the nice comment. :-) I didn't win, I actually placed joint third place unfortunately, but that is better than nothing. :-)
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Your splendid work has been featured here: [link]
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for the feature! :)
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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Irony95 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
awesome!
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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mitzi32996 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
love it! and i haven't finished the book yet but i'd already always suspected that it hatches for Arya
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Glad you like it, hope you enjoy the rest of the book! :) :hug:
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Meganium Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Woooah, neat work, hon! It looks really good 8> You never fail to amaze with your skillz~ I particularly enjoy the hand; it just looks really nice with the light n' everything!

I quite like the dragon as well, howwwever the scales look a bit more like a... texture overlay at points. They could stand to wrap around the body a little more, make it look a smidge less flat. But other than that, it looks really great! I voted for you in the contest so good luck :D
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megcowley Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :hug: I think I need practice on scales! ^^; Thanks for voting for me though, muchly appreciated! :love:
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ghevan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! It's always hard to paint something new.
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :-) It is indeed hard to paint new things, but, as artists, the pleasure is in the chase of honing our skills and chasing new challenges!
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Frogata Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! @A@
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Frogata Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries~
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Anyzamarah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweet! :heart: :clap: :heart:
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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faror1 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is really cute. =)
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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rhiannonbull Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
beautiful - and the hand is just perfect!
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! I referenced my own hand bwahah. Very happy with how that came out! :) P.s. I miss you :( <3
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rhiannonbull Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
well it looks beautiful - you deserved to do well in the competition :)

I miss you too - life is just so hectic at uni - I mean, it's always been hectic at uni, but third year is like nothing else. Our term finished yesterday, so there was a mad rush to get my formative essays in, and now I;m staying here over the holidays to work on my dissertation, and then its finals... eep.

Would love to catch up really though. Do you have skype? Or would email be easier?
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you <3

I know what you mean! I am only in first year but combined with everything I have no free time at the moment. I dread it getting more hectic, I don't know how it will bepossible to do everything and still sleep! Haha. (ps sorry for late reply, snowed under with essays lmao)

I do have skype but I never go on - so we would have to arrange a time to skype? Email would probably be more flexible for both of us I am guessing? :-) <3
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rhiannonbull Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
will try and send an email - like you, a bit snowed under at the moment, but im becoming a master of procrastination, so maybe i could procrastinate usefully and send you something of an update - would love to hear how youre getting on, i think the last time we must have emailed was before christmas?! :)
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