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Irulan, the Emperor's Daughter by strib Irulan, the Emperor's Daughter by strib
Read Dune, by Frank Herbert

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Ivor-Kovac Featured By Owner May 8, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work man.  Everything is great, costume design, background, lighting.  You did an excellent job capturing this character and world.
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strib Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thanks.  I consider her the beautiful "caged bird" of the books.  
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Ivor-Kovac Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yea it was unfortunate what happened to her.  Interesting how they would have their official wives and then a kept woman on the side.  You'd think in a universe like Dune they would reinstitute polygamy so that the nobles could form a greater network of alliances.  I know that Frank Herbert was inspired by ancient cultures, and decided to put in the idea of marriage being used as a form of alliance, but he left out polygamy.  
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Aquelion Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Wow! She is exactly like I've imagined her from the book.
Nicely done! Clap 
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bluesandblast Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is such a great picture! How long did it take you?
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strib Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Couple of days...on and off.  Thx
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FurtherShore Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Amazing work! and the color looks great with the scene.
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strib Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thx!
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where-I-Am Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
love it !
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strib Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thx!
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Sigma-Echo-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Writer
An amazing design, fits her character perfectly!
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strib Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thx!
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SvalaW Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Aboslutely amazing work! Very beautiful! I love the color sheme here, it really fits to Irulan in a way. And the details are stunning.
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strib Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very nice, thx!
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artisvast Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
dope!
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strib Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thx!
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Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work, Strib!
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strib Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
thx!
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NEWATLAS7 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
AMAZING !!
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strib Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
thx!
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beltminer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
just curious what did you think of virginia madsen in that role?
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strib Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
She was good, although the role wasn't really fully developed.
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beltminer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
man this one is cool. is that a suspensor censer. so many awesome details. this image really pulls me in. the gown is so strange and wonderful. may i ask did you use a model for this piece?
anyway thanks for another free lesson.
george
ps is there a significance to the color palate here, just seems to add so much otherworldly atmosphere.
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strib Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
You know your Dune. Color-wise I picture Irulan as this golden beauty...a woman bred to be the perfect companion and mate for royalty. In a way, she has to be everything Chani is not, and yet completely desirable. The perfect woman in a gilded cage. So, there's your yellow.
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beltminer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
i thought so. no one ever has much to say about irulan, she's always been a favorite of mine. i love the quotes from her writings in the books, sort of a sidelong glance into the gravity mr. herbert gave her. even her name sounds regal. this portrait you've done really captures all the sophistication, self sacrifice and grace. she has in my minds eye. i'd love to know if you used a model or if you were just carrying that face in your head. i don't mean to gush but this one really is super cool.
thanks man. g
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Luanna255 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
I always felt bad for Irulan. Paul made it clear from the start of their marriage that he never intended to give her love, or even one kind word. Yet he gave her no option but to marry him. Essentially, he used her for to achieve his goals and completely sacrificed her happiness in the process.
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strib Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks...I'll have to find the reference shot I used (I think it was a model here on DA), although this pretty much fits what s been in my head for years.
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beltminer Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
i was thinking mainly of the look. i was blown away by the opening scene, she just looked great as irulan.
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JoynerStudio Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow. Phenomenal!
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strib Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks , man.
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