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The Ash-Slave cover by suburbanbeatnik The Ash-Slave cover by suburbanbeatnik
Here was the book design for "The Ash-Slave," my retelling of Cinderella set in ancient Persia. It was originally published in Dark Valentine magazine, and it is now available on Amazon for 99 cents. [link] If any of you like fairy tale retellings with a darkly romantic twist-- or stories with an Arabian Nights atmosphere-- you might want to give "The Ash-Slave" a try!

I was lucky that I already had illustrations of "The Ash-Slave" to work with; but the main painting I wanted to work with-- [link] -- had so much movement in it, I knew it would be tricky making a proper cover out of it. The design was indeed a bit of a challenge at first, but when I found this gorgeous header by =inspyretash-stock-- [link] -- everything started coming together. Many thanks to InspyréTash who kindly allowing me to use her texture border for the cover! It wouldn't be the same without it.

The main display font is Aladdin.
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MissSunflower Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016
Wow! The detail on his crown is fantastic :D 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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haius Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist
I love how your coloring makes the king's crown and their clothes look luminous, like real silk. You have such a distinctive style, I recognize it instantly all over the internet!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! So... that means if anyone steals my work, I'll probably be notified ASAP! ;P
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haius Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist
ABSOLUTELY. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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shiannitako Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
so has this story actually been published ? ? ? sweeeeeet ! i want to publish my book, but i am such a perfetionist, as soon as a finish one chapter i re-read it and then just rewrite it XD lovely cover, will see if i can find a copy ;-)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why, thank you! I'm sorry I've been so slow responding to comments-- the holidays were unbelievably hectic, and it's taken me a while to recover.

Anyway, "The Ash-slave" was published in Dark Valentine magazine back in 2010, but since that went under, I republished it myself last year-- it's now available on Amazon. Here's a link: [link]

If you read it, let me know what you think!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooh, I'm going to have to get this now!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oooh, could you? I'd love to hear what you think!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I realised a little later that it's an ebook. ^^; :blushes: I'm afraid I won't be able to after all. :(

I love your cover painting, by the way!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I could be prevailed to send you a free copy (a PDF specifically) if you could review it on Amazon. :)

Thanks!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, if you're sure, that would be so kind!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure! What email address should I send it to? :)
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Rosengeist Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
What a gorgeous cover dear! I'm sure this will turn some heads :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I sure hope so. :)
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Rosengeist Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Me too! I sure think it will!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:dance:
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Rosengeist Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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