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Dawn Star by puimun Dawn Star by puimun
Cover for "Dawn Star," upcoming sequel for Catherine Asaro's "Imperfect Mage" and "The Misted Cliffs" books.

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Size: 18x28 inches
Medium: Watercolor

copyright Harlequin Enterprises, 2005.
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ariya-sacca Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2018  Student General Artist
I loved that book and the illustration!
rhunel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015   General Artist
Beautiful!  Congratulations.
Andromeda-Silverwave Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
i thought that your work looked familiar, when I saw this it confirmed it! I have copies of the books that you did the cover art for! Asaro's books are great, and I loved your cover art! :+favlove:
puimun Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! :)
urban-lingo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i love the attention paid to detail, it must hvae taken you so long!
but it pays off; tenfold.
shaitu Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011   Photographer
whow, i love it!!!!
SherbetBunny Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
I love this book, it should be given more credit than it has, it should also be turned into a movie but thats just my opinion
frenetic-maker Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Mystical and elusive. Wow, I love the delicate shading!!
Phosphorose Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Raeikon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeus,amazing...have no words...genius!
Dancing-Riku Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
i looooooove these books, i thought you were the artist :D it soooooo beautiful :heart:
AlterEgox5 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
Wow! I'm at the Seton Hill WPF program and Catherine Asaro spoke there my first year. Never expected to find her cover artist here at dA! Beautiful work, by the way. :D
AlterEgox5 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
Oh, and also this is extra fantastic because it's watercolor. (watercolors are my arch-nemesis so I'm always awed by people who can create amazing pieces like this with them).
Couramours Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008

Are you really the incredible artist who did the Dawn Star coverart? If you, words can't describe my extreme appreciation for your work. In any case, this scene is beautiful and it's what drew me to the book in the first place. Amazing.
puimun Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
pixlkid Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
oh my! I love dawn star :)
never guessed that you were the illustrator :D
Luke-dah-Yuke Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
istherecolor Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
please sell prints of this so i can buy one :)
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007   General Artist
Congratulations! :clap: This image has been featured in THIS News Article!

Please do not reply here, but take a look at the article, and if you enjoy what you see there, please add it to your :+fav:'s and spread the word via your journal so that everyone gets maximum exposure!
BlackSpotRose Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
Wow, this is really beautiful.
You can close your eyes and block out reality, but you can't block out memories...
hydrofluoricacid Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
carlalobot Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
i DID buy this book for the cover! i had seen your work before and i got sooo excited that i found a book you illustrated the cover for.
thejackbull Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. Im reading this book right now as i was hunting through DAs submissions and stumbled across this. I wish i could mail you my book and have you sign it.

My god that sounded so fangirlish. Hah. Sorry. Im just so surprised at how many artists grace the covers of my most beloved books are actually here on DA in this community with me. Its amazing. I certainly appreciate DA for bringing everyone together in that aspect anyway.
puimun Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, DA is a great place for bringing the artistic community of all levels together!

Anyway, I will be happy to sign it if you send return packaging and postage. Send me a private note for address if you are interested.
thejackbull Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll have to do that as soon as i have more time on my hands. I have a newborn son. =]
kitsunedajfox Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007
my goodness!! and here I just finished reading Dawn Star. Huh. Figures I'd find the artist at DA. O___O'''' Anyways, this is beyond lovely!
Dizzyflips Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006  Student
how did you get the watercolor to do that tecnique in the backround? id love to know!
PacWoman Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006
The Dawn Star is one of my fav. books! ^__^ I love the cover to it. Excellent job!
fishimishi Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
Oh wow, I thought I'd never see the things behind the font. Not that it was a lot, just background, but man, it's neat to see the cover art alone. I found Asaro's books because I was like "Jeeze, that cover art looks familiar". So I basically dug through everything I could find that connected the two of you. Well done, both the books and the covers.
Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the contrast of the cool and warm colours. and the camel is :heart:
jeriweaver Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I was in the book store the other day, walked by and end cap of books all with this painting on it, I recognized it instantly as your work and looking in the jacket to see and sure enough there was your name.
It looks amazing as a cover and made the book increadably eyecatching. great colour use!
MellowMinda Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006
I just love your art, especially the tarot card designs. VERY IMPRESSED!
chibixestella Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2006   General Artist
I hadn't been caught up on be deviants on dA, so I never saw this before. (I think it was this one--I didn't look at the book title. ^^;) Then I was at the bookstore with some of my friends, and I saw the book. At first I was like, Yeah, just another book. But I had a double take, and I was like, "THAT ART'S BY PUIMUN!" I had to go through and find the credits just to be positive it was you. I was so excited that I saw something of yours at the store. ^^; You're probably used to it, though.

And, of course, you did a fantastic job. ;)
puimun Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Naw, it's aways fun to see my stuff at bookstores. :)
Burnheart Featured By Owner May 24, 2006
Very pretty!
satine09 Featured By Owner May 6, 2006
hey this is wonderful!!! trophy:trophy:trophy:trophy:trophy:trophy:trophy:trophy:
Kohalu Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2006
this reminds me of the early Magic: the Gathering style of cards. I like it
zoona22 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005   Interface Designer
amazing tecnique and coloring
i've been watching you and I very much like your style
keep up
astarael22 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
OH WOW! So breathtaking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How do you paint it so detailed without it bleeding together?
puimun Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
As long as the paint is dry, it won't bleed over.
astarael22 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005
ah! So do you dry each section or something before doing the next? All m ywatercolors bleed no matter what! >.<
alatherna Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005
Beautiful! Those colors! It's perfect! :+fav:
RuneSpider Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2005
Wow, really nice... beautiful even...

on a clompletly unrelated side note, I had a cat named Brown Star..
FisterMoley Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
This is just fantastic! Perhaps one of my favourite paintings of yours, the sense of space is incredible and the figure's posture is very imposing. The colours really capture the feeling of a hot, dusty desert and all your usual little details are as perfect as always. Magnificent.
eventide Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2005
i love the colors...they are beautiful :)
NEforevermoreMO Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
I love the coloring on this picture.. ur a great artist!
nenuiel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2005
That is gorgeous! Now I'll have to go out and read that book... ^^
higashi-kaze Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love your colours @--@ anytime every time
lotusii Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
Asaro got a good deal. ^_~

Great job, as always.
tangerine-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005
I love the way this is painted. Beautiful work! :heart:
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