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A painting of young Phèdre nó Delaunay of the Kushiel Legacy Trilogy by writer Jacqueline Carey. This would be about halfway through the first book, before her life changed forever. I tried to capture a bit of a carefree, and slightly shallow, Phèdre. I plan on doing a portrait of her in Skaldia, as a companion piece to this.

Enjoy!

Phèdre belongs to Jacqueline Carey; I'm just a rabid fan ^^
Edit: Changed her eyes a bit to make her dart more apparent, did some more work to her hair and hand.
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Nanami97 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
She so beautiful! Good job! Yui Funami (Good Job) [V3] 
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Kiara-Yamamoto Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Best image of Phèdre I've seen yet! Again Beautiful work. :D
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swinsea Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I just finished the first book and am so happy to see such high quality fan art. Lovely!
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krilu79 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Sso captures the more shallow, carefree part of Phedre. Mastered beautifully!
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Thanks very much!
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chibichichio Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh very pretty!
Yes, this looks much more like a Phedre before Skaldia and before the death of the Delaunay household!
I like it
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Thank you! That is what I was aiming for ;)
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Ashkanie Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great
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Etain-McCloud Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
With the Diamond! Oh you nailed it, she has no idea what is in store for her. -You will rue the day you solve this mystery- Or something like that
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Thanks a lot :)
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Sicut-Felem Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*_________* beautiful
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Thank you :)
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midsummermuse Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Lovely! Making me remember the beginning before she's kidnapped--have not read the first trilogy in a while. I love to hate Melisande too of course, with her diamond on a velvet lead... Great picture--look forward to Skaldia. I still remember the shivers I got when she was almost skinned!
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Thank you so much!
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xTheAntagonist Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010

God I envy your ability to paint eyes.
sheeeessh
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Aww, thank you! Lots of practice, trust me! :D There are a lot of great tutorials out there, however, that I reccommend looking up if you are having trouble! *enayla's eye tutorial is especially great!
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kdeln Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Ang already said thanks, but I'm really thrilled you uploaded this (as well as the other images) to Night's Doorstep. I saw this piece pop up a little while ago on Facebook and I loved how you caught a side of Phedre we rarely get to see. Her carefree, slightly indulgent expression really captures the contented vanity we find in her character in those early days, and I also quite like that you showed her from the front rather than worrying about her marque.

The dart is well handled as well, very noticeable (even in the thumbnail version) but not something overt and out of place. A really great rendition of that ';petal on dark waters' description.

I would really love to see a companion piece to this later on, showing how much she's grown and changed, particularly after confronting Melisande.

Lovely work. I look forward to seeing more!
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Thank you so much! I'm really happy to be a part of the group :3
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you for joining #Nights-Doorstep and thank you also for uploading our first submissions! Your fan art for the Kushiel series is some of the best I've seen. I adore how you've captured that sense of carefree Phedre with her innocent smile. The details and the colors in this are all quite stunning and are quite fitting for the lavish lifestyle she led at Delaunay's estate.

It's funny I've heard of so many versions of the mote in her eye, but I like this version best where it is more of a small spot of crimson rather than something in the white of her eye (as I've heard others interpret it).

I'd randomly love to see someone tackle an image of Phedre even younger, when she was a poor uncertain child being sold into slavery. It's a face we don't get to see of her too often. It will be interesting to see how you tackle an older version as well (as you mentioned to a previous commenter)

Lovely work! I hope to see more from you:)
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Thank you so much, I'm honored I could be the first! There are so many great Kushiel fanartists out there, this will be a club with a lot of amazing art very soon, I'm sure!

I've always envisioned her mote like that. I've seen a lot of renditions, and have even caught flack for mine, but I've always thought it was more akin to heterochromia, rather than something in the whites of her eye. Maybe I'm wrong, but the awesome thing about doing fanart from books is that you get to interpret how you like! :D
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
I agree! I think I also associate Phedre's mark as heterochromia because the friend who introduced me to the series also had such a condition and enjoyed the parallels between herself and Phedre. My friend has such pretty eyes too (hazel with a random circle of reddish brown). It's interesting to see in real life. It really does look like a mote of color on the surface.
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Totally! Thanks so much!
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So-naa Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Her hair came out stunning and her face is light and airy... I hope that makes sense! I like the beading too. Very nice detail!
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Thanks a lot! That totally makes sense :D
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thecapturedspy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! I love her hair.
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Thank you, doll!
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kaeleers-heart Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
This is beautiful!

Funny, everyone always says that Phèdre was very vain and shallow pre-Skaldia, but I just don't see it being that over the top. I don't know, I guess I interpreted her differently.

That aside, this is BEAUTIFUL. My only problem is that the "dart" in her eye is very light and not as crimson as it should be.
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
It was Phèdre herself that said she was "Happy ,vain and shallow" during her pre-Skaldia days, in the third book. But I kind of agree with you; while she was a lot less selfless, she was by no means a bad person. But that's what I love about fanart from books; everyone has a different observation :D Thanks a lot!
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kaeleers-heart Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
I do remember that quote, I just felt it wasn't that bad, haha. :P
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
Nah, I didn't either; that's why I said slightly shallow in the description :D
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Maxxyne Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous work as always, and from my favorite book series. Still need to get the first of the new trilogy! <3
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Thanks a lot!
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April-Lily Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
*jawdrop*

Holy crap! This is so detailed and so pretty! I'm speechless!
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Thank you!
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April-Lily Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!
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Zingoogniz Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Very impressive detail on the sleeves, and just in general! The only iffy parts are the mouth (which just looks funny), and the hair (looks a little pixelated). Other than those two small issues, this is a really great piece! Congrats
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
I wanted her hair to look that way ^^
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
YAY PHEDRE! I can't wait to see the Skaldia companion piece, I've always pictured her with a very mature bearing. :3
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Thanks! I can't wait to paint it!
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CheleKat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow absolutely gorgeous detail! <3
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Thank you so much!
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pfunked Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Good god woman, impressive job on the dress details!
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Thank you, my friend!
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Antifarea Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Impressive, as usual zeldyn. :D
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Thank you!
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