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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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AndromedaRoach Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Cool, I'll try to get around to it sometime soon! :) Should take a while, there are a lot of names to search for. :-D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I can imagine! :D
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HESarah Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
This illustration is awesomeness with hot sauce!

I agree--I totally loathed the costuming in the movie. (Also wasn't keen on the girls' clothing in either movie--thought it looked heavy and uncomfortable, which Lewis makes a point of saying it was not).

So draw on, woman!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

I was thinking that the girl's Narnian gowns should have been nice bias-cut pre-Raphaelite dresses-- like, medievalesque, but the way the costumes would have been designed in a 1930s movie (like "The Crusades"). That way, you would have had the medieval look, with modern comfort. The dresses did look like awkwardly made RenFaire gowns, didn't they?
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
this is really good, thought that book drove me insane. I didnt like it. Though i must say C.S. Lewis is one of my favourite writers.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! What didn't you like about the book? I love the Charn setting... I wish it had been explored more though.
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
it drove me crazy. i usually get fantasy worlds, you know? i always make sense and then i start to have more sense than those living in them. However Charn and Jadis were what got me. I didnt get it! I didnt understand why she froze charn, i know it had something to do with her sister....AAAH!! see what i mean?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I dunno, I thought it was pretty clear. She was so arrogant and sure of her powers and her destiny, she destroyed her homeworld rather than see her sister conquer it. Remember, there was that prophecy that she would be revived when the bell was rung, which Digory fulfilled.
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
well i read it a really long time ago. I didnt understand arrogance then ^^;
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You should reread it, it would be interesting to hear what you think now. :)
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EmpressofHeaven Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
im thinking i should. And i will!^^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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MissSunflower Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
yay! it's so nice to see some narnian art on DA, and this is fantastic! I particularly love your version of Jadis her face and her hair ornaments are perfect, and you really get the emotions of the scene thorough this! :clap: :+fav:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I've always been fascinated by Charn, and doing this pic was a lot of fun. :D
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MissSunflower Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
hmm, it's an interesting culture isn't it? one wonders which direction they'll go in design-wise for this if they ever do a movie version, could be quite stunning...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
They probably won't make it to MN in the movie series, I think, which is just as well (esp. given what they did to Jadis in LWW). I hear that the box office for Caspian wasn't as impressive as LWW, so I think they're figuring to finish Dawn Treader and finish off the Narnia movies with that. Ah well...
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MissSunflower Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
I dunno, there's defiantly the possibility they won't make it, but I hope they do! I think alot of it rides on how well the next one does, and how Fox feels about it. :)

hmm, yeah, jadis definitely was very different from the book but it was kinda cool seeing a new version...but I can see why you didn't like it. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
They might, I don't know how likely it is though. It really depends how well "Treader" does at the B.O.

Yeah, I really, really did not like what they did to Jadis in the film.
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BlueBumbleBee Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
There is so little art dedicated to this book, it's criminal. I love this, and how Jadis has your style and personal touches but still looks a bit like the illustration of her in the book. And the architecture really does suit Charn. I never had a clear idea of what it could look like, but this works.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad to hear that. I loved costuming Jadis, and figuring out what Charn looked like. It's Space Babylon! :XD:
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AtarahDerek Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
I notice a lot of Caananite/Babylonian influence. That works really well for Jadis. She kind of reminds me of Jezebel.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Jezebel crossed with Hitler! :D
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AtarahDerek Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
Nah. I have a hard time imagining Tilda Swinton with a cheesy little 'stache. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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muncher190 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
This is my favorite book. I love Polly's expression. X3 And your Jadis is really interesting. I've always seen her wearing a lot more white, just because she becomes the White Witch, but I'm thinking she originally looked more like you're version. Great job. ^^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you like it- it's always been one of my favorite books too, and Jadis has been one of my favorite villains. :)
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susieecool Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
I love this. It is just how I imagined it to look.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I spent a lot of time figuring out just how Jadis should look... it was fun. :XD:
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RomildaVane Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
*dies* THTA'S SIMPLY BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAUTIFUUUUUUUL!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Insanitywithapencil Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! Jadis looks perfect with being native to Charn, and not so icy just yet. Not to mention Digory and Polly's expressions are so wonderful~ :heart: :heart:

The art depicted on the wall to the left of Jadis is also such a great touch. It shows the character of the society, as I'm sure you planned it to. *instant favorite*
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I gave a lot of thought to coming up with the perfect "Charn-esque" image. I finally decided on an Assyrian/Babylonian style demon standing on a pile of dead babies, like some kind of Moloch figure (also referring to the holocaust caused by Jadis when she said the Deplorable word). What do you think of Jadis' costume? :)
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Insanitywithapencil Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome! And I think the costume matches with the picture pretty well. It's certainly gorgeous. Not what I personally imagined it when I read the book, but I don't expect anyone to get that exactly. ;]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That means you should do your own take on Jadis, you know. I'd like to see what it looks like! :)
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Insanitywithapencil Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
True true, I have wanted to for a while. :]
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Cafcow Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
Oh wow! That is awesome! You did a wonderful job. ]:3
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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FallenTrinities Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
looks amazing!
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zar33n Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Wow, The Magician's Nephew is my favorite in the series! It's too bad no movie has been produced of it so far. I remember being so frightened while reading the beginning of this scene when I was a kid. Jadis was scary stuff.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, the book is great. I'm almost hoping they don't turn it into a movie, because I just can't see Tilda Swinton as Charn!Jadis...
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Deisi Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Exquisite detail work!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Eyltwo Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I LOVE IT!!! JUST AS I IMAGINED IT!!! GOOD WORK!!!
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
The woman with black hair is absolutely stunning! I love her jewelry and clothing, but even more I like her face. She looks so mysterious. There's something... dark about her, but not necessarily evil. The background is simply wonderful!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Have you ever read "The Magician's Nephew," or any of the Narnia books? They're worth a read (and better than the movie).
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
But I am familiar with Narnia. That's not the same thing as the magician's nephew, is it?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
"The Magician's Nephew" is the sixth book in C.S. Lewis's "Chronicles of Narnia" series. [link]
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Ah, my mistake! I will check it out. :)
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
No I don't think I have.
I would like to though, but I don't know where to find it.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sure it's around in your neck of the woods, prolly both in translation and in the original English. Lewis was a famous author. Probably at the local library...?
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