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Blade Dance

By SilentRavyn
In the desert city of Aksu, Zayn the jackal practices his sword dance on a rooftop, high above the bustling streets, souks and bazaars below. The fluidity of his movements seem effortless, and his clothing flows in perfect harmony with his body. With a flourish he halts and gazes up into the eyes of Naji, who has been watching from the sidelines.

This was a large commission for the ever patient NightEyes, inspired by the novel he is writing. I'm very much looking forward to seeing that published!

I was thrilled to do an Arabian themed piece as I am so interested in that aesthetic and history. My favorite part, personally, is the intricate doorway. I haven't done many urban settings, or that level of patterning before. This took me quite some time to complete, but I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

Watercolor, colored pencil and marker on 11x14" illustration board.
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KosmoKOYOTE's avatar
I can see that you've done a lot of research in preparation for this wonderful drawing!
It imparts a sense of reality to this illustration so well!

It makes me believe that this city and its inhabitants truly exist.
I particularly like that barely visible Moon hanging over the city!  
SilentRavyn's avatar
Thank you so much! I compiled a lot of references from middle eastern art and photos, it was fun to create the landscape :)
KosmoKOYOTE's avatar
You're welcome!:D (Big Grin) 
ACEnBEAKY's avatar
When Disney tried to make a sequel to Prince of Persia and Lion King into one movie...
DiosApollos's avatar
This is absolutely amazing!
Is there a link to the commissioner
SilentRavyn's avatar
I don't know if he has a DA account but you can find him on FA here:…
JUSTinnator4's avatar
It's difficult to tell if he's wearing some for, of loin cloth or if the outfit doesn't cover.
Not that that's a problem.
The background has great soft lines for seperating it from the characters.
danzor1991's avatar
nicely you have done with the shape of the furry but it's nicely.:) (Smile) +fav Matt lenny face eyebrows wiggle 
GodNouva's avatar
My favorite part is picturing all the potential yaoi~
Cambion-Hunter's avatar
Good job. You put a lot of detail into this. Clap 
imaginativegenius099's avatar
That, that looks awesome. What else can I say? 
ardashir's avatar
It's a gorgeous piece of art.
TeiOuja's avatar
Fascinating stuff. You've really captured that Arabian Nights feel.
SilentRavyn's avatar
Coincidentally, I was listening to an audiobook of 1001 Arabian Nights while working on this!
TeiOuja's avatar
As Nicholas Cage once said, it's all connected.
TeiOuja's avatar
As Nicholas Cage once said, it's all connected.
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