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The Egyptian Pearl by suburbanbeatnik The Egyptian Pearl by suburbanbeatnik
This was a commission I did for :iconblind-fate:, who wanted a cover for her novella, "The Egyptian Pearl." It's a romantic thriller set in England during World War 2, about a half-Egyptian girl and an enigmatic American soldier who may or may not be up to no good. She sent me the first few chapters-- it's a great read. I hope she gets it published-- I can't wait to read the rest!
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The woman looks like my friend Jess could play her in a movie.

This is all gorgeous. I love the man's face and the sky and lighting are extra mood building! You're amazing.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool! So your friend looks like Aishwarya Rai? The character was inspired by that actress. :D
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Apparently! She has smaller eyes than Aishwarya. Also, pale as a ghost.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
She sounds very striking! :)
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of the photos that this drawing made me think of: [link]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a great photo! :)
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Rosengeist Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
I really quite enjoy the background on this! Awesome! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I like how the background turned out too! :)
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Rosengeist Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
:)
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azaneti Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is great! It really makes me interested in reading the novella. Good job!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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stevenshipman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
I love your noir-style work... :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! See, I can do more than ruffles and bows... ;P
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fyr-draca Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
This is really cool. Is it a book?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a novella being written by :iconblind-fate:. I hope she'll have it done and up soon! :)
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fyr-draca Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Cool, thanks!:D
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Luanna255 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
That is just gorgeous! I would love to read the novella, too.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I hope it'll be available soon-- Joe and Lulu make a fun couple, and I love how Kate brings to life the wartime setting.
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Great image. Looks like they are up to no good!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It was fun painting something so noir, though it was a little tricky, since most noir scenes usually take place at night. I like how the light turned out though.
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
OMG I adore your style
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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blind-fate Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
This is the best commission I have ever had! It is beautiful and exactly what I wanted for my cover and characters, thank you Joanne! Especially for making Joe wickedly handsome ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you-- it was great working with you too! I hope the painting arrives safe and sound in Australia. Have you finished the story yet?
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blind-fate Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Thanks for the lovely comments on my story. I haven't finished it yet, I am just rounding off the ending to work better than I had initally planned. Hopefully, I should have it finished by April, especially now that Uni has started :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool! What are you planning on doing with it when you're done? Are you going to send it around to epubs, or are you going to put it up on Lulu or SmashWords? If you sell it on Lulu, then you can use my painting as your cover... it will look so pretty. :XD:
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blind-fate Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
I am definitely checking out those options, and if I was going to need a cover your picture is my perfect cover. I wouldn't use anything else :D I am also considering entering it into a few competitions, basically looking at all of the possible angles. I hope to have it available soon (after editing of course).
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Let me know what happens-- I have my own novella that I'm going to be shopping around soon. What competitions have you entered/thinking of entering?
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Your style is really unique. I've told you before many times how much I appreciate your work but somehow I don't think I could tell you enough times. You deserve to be praised for your talent.
Keep up the good work!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, thank you!! :glomp:
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