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The Magician's Nephew by suburbanbeatnik The Magician's Nephew by suburbanbeatnik
This is a promotional image I did for my agent's fall mailing, to prove I could do fantasy art. For my subject, I chose "The Magician's Nephew" by C.S. Lewis, and illustrated the moment when Jadis shows a horrified Digory and Polly the ancient and ruined city of Charn.

It was fun to do, if challenging. Between the red giant/white dwarf star system described by Lewis and the Babylonian architecture that I used for Charn, I figure this painting could also be called "Space Babylon."

My studies for Jadis can be seen here. [link]
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grimfairyreaper Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
...meep...so many ideas not enough hands...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha... I know the feeling! :D
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sydneysunray Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
I love it. People seem to forget about this novel.
I like the 'texture' of the colors.
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
*lol* on last comment...

Great to see something different from you --
yet still the same wonderful work!


*peers closely at the stone relief god in the background,
trying to figure out what he's doing*
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's always good to make myself try new things. :D
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kyria Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
just fabulous. your versatility with shading is very impressive. :D I LOVE JADIS' JEWELRY.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wouldn't it be great to actually own jewelry like that? I think I was a little influenced by the so-called "Jewels of Helen," jewelry dug up in the 1800s in Turkey by Heinrich Schliemann... [link]
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kyria Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
sure, they're lovely to LOOK at, but they seem a bit heavy. lol
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
Beautiful!
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Otherlander Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
Beautiful! I'd love to see some more fantasy illustrations from you :) The expressions are great, and so are the colours... I couldn't make it through all the Narnia chronicles, but I did enjoy "The Magician's Nephew". I, for one, picture Jadis as a blonde, most likely under the influence of the movie, but I do like your version of her and love her Antiquity-inspired outfit :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D "The Silver Chair," "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and "The Magician's Nephew" are my three favorites. Upon rereading, I think LWW, "Prince Caspian" and "The Last Battle" are the weakest, though they have their moments.

Don't get me started on the portrayal of Jadis in the Narnia movie. I have been known to go on for ages about this! ;P

By the way, do you have any ideas for other fantasy illustrations? I've been trying to think of ideas, but I'm having trouble. I'm trying to stay away from the stereotypical elves-and-dragons thing...
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pandagirl6662003 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
i prefer the costumes for jadis in the bbc's version- of the chronicles. interestingly in magicians nephew jadis is in fact described as having black hair. oddly the exact order of the books is not known.  c.s. lewis passed before he could confirm the order.  they were not written in sequence. common theory and publishing firms tend to place LWW first and Magicians nephew last. if when reading the magicians nephew the nephew is the professor the pensieve children meet in LWW. thats why he has knowledge of the rings in the last battle
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup! Tilda Swinton did her best, but for some reason Movie!Jadis just didn't work for me.
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Otherlander Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007
:) Well, have you read George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books? That's one fantasy series famous for twisting the cliches of the genre. I'm a big fan. The series has lots of interesting characters and wonderful scenes, just begging to be illustrated.

One other suggestion, that I think would go very well with your style... If you've read "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" by Susanna Clarke, I'd love to see you draw a portrait of one of the characters, especially The Gentleman with Thistledown Hair :D If you haven't read the book, I'm sure you'd love it, it's a wonderful mix of fantasy, magic and Regency era comedy of manners.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
FYI, I just read "Game of Thrones" all the way through. There were a few scenes that were great- and others made me want to hit my head against something because they were so bugnut over the top. His stories, I find, have a queasily addictive quality to them. I gotta say, I like his writing much better than Clarke's, but at the end of the book I felt like I had eaten an entire bag of pork rinds.

I'll probably read the rest of the series eventually though. I wonder how it's all going to end...
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Otherlander Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
I find Martin's writing pretty addictive too. I too wonder how it's going to end and hope to find out one day. The fifth book will be out this fall apparantly and I sure hope the remaining two won't take as long as this one did.

I started reading Guy Gavriel Kay's "Tigana" and I like it very much. I had to take a break from it though, to read a Clive Barker book I borrowed :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I think most of the people who've read a George RR Martin book at one point are hoping the series is finished before Martin passes into the great unknown. I'm afraid- with the gazillion characters and plotlines he's using- he might have bitten off more than he could chew. (Hey, it happens to the best of us.)

Do you suppose he's actually outlined everything to the very end, or he's doing a "Lost" and making it up as he goes along?

I need to read some more Guy Gavriel Kay. I remember when I finished "Al-Rassan," I felt this immense satisfaction that I didn't really feel when I finished "Game of Thrones." I think Martin's prose, on a purely technical level, is a bit better than Kay's, but I prefer the way that Kay constructs his plots.
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Otherlander Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
I'd say George R.R. Martin is constructing the story as it goes along. This is one of the reasons "A Dance with Dragons" is taking so long. He wasn't happy with what he had written and decide to re-write. At one point he announced the introduction of a new character, but later renounced the idea.

From what I've read of Guy Gavriel Kay, I'd say his writing is more elegant than Martin's, but a bit too sentimental. Martin is rougher and I do agree he goes over the top sometimes. His goal is to destroy all fantasy cliches, but it's a bit too much at times.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You'll be pleased to know I drew a picture of Cersei! [link] It's a little on the campy side, but I hope you like it.

I do agree with what you said about Martin's prose. There are times I wish he would tone things down a bit. He has a lot of really strong ideas, but there's so many of them competing for the audience's attention, alongsides pretty sensationalistic subject matter, that some of his genuinely thought-provoking concepts (i.e. like the seasons that last for years) are lost in the shuffle.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh dear, you just named two authors I don't particularly care for. Perhaps you can think of a few others? I'm a big Tanith Lee fan, and I really like what I've read of Guy Gavriel Kay. But thank you anyway for the suggestions! Sometimes it's so hard to tell what someone else's tastes would be... :)
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Otherlander Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
I haven't read anything by Guy Gavriel Kay yet. I bought "Tigana" some time ago. I will read it at one point, I have many books I haven't read, so it's waiting for its turn :) But if you've enjoyed Kay's writing, why not do a piece inspired by one of his books? :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Eh... the reason I like him is that he basically writes alternative world historical novels. And as a friend of mine said to me recently, the reason I'm trying to take on fantasy art is to "take baby steps" away from corsets, Nazis and other assorted historical themes.

(I get hired to do a lot of WW2/Great Depression era stuff, btw. ;P)
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Seitou Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So pretty *O* I really love that fancy head dress with all the jewelry. It's just so detailed!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I had a lot of fun designing her costume... I was so disappointed by the portrayal of Jadis in the Narnia movie. I don't think the costume designer had any idea that she was supposed to be the former empress of Charn. Tilda Swinton in dreads, and a lumpy glittery designer dress? Ugh!
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Seitou Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those dresses in the film were annoying. The hair didn't bother me as much, but those dresses... Something about them was just weird >_>
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, the costume design of that whole movie was just off. They made such a point of hiring WETA that worked on LOTR... but was Ngila Dickson busy on another project?
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Seitou Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The problem I have with fantasy films is that the costumes always look like something out of LotR. But in Narnia, the costumes in general just seemed really boring to me.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
You're not alone in that... It's like they were trying so hard not to be LOTR-ish, that they failed to be anything at all.
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Seitou Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They had Greek mythological characters in the film, so I was hoping they would try something Greek-ish...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, anything but what they actually came up with! ;P
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Alexiasky Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
I loved that book! I read it again and again :drool:
This deserves a definite fave! :+fav:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Alexiasky Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
Welcome :)
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Adnil Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
thats absolutely beautiful! :love:
i really like how this feels like an illustration from those old time adventure books.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! That's a great compliment. I love those old pulp sci-fi books, like A. Merritt's "Ship of Ishtar" and Robert Howard's Solomon Kane series... I'm sure that I was influenced by artwork like this [link] to a certain degree... :D
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