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A detail montage of "Kushiel's Dart":

In an ancient land founded by angels, a young woman discovers her destiny as one touched by the Angel of Punishment, himself.  This is the tale told in Kushiel's Dart, one of my favorite mature fantasy novels and an endless source of inspiration for me.  I decided to test myself by designing a wraparound cover for this book as an exercise in my artistic and book illustration skills.  Check out the original cover by John Jude Palencar to see what the original cover looked like.

What I Learned:

-  Keep it simple!  If I were to start over, I would make this even more simple, since I got very carried away by all the details.  Clear figures and composition with a hint of narrative to tease the mystery are better than jam packed images that tell you everything.

- Master copies are the best medicine if you're ever stuck on a piece!

- Don't be afraid to 'murder your darlings'. I changed this image SO many times by the end that I pretty much destroyed it - ALL in service of making a more successful piece.

I'm keeping a journal, of sorts, of my Kushiel related art over at Kushiel Concepts and its tumblr mirror, for anyone wanting to see more.  The stuff that's too racy to be in this account's gallery will most likely end up there and over at ~angelicremains.:devil:  

You can also find more Kushiel's Legacy inspired work over at #Nights-Doorstep:
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Grahamhorridge68 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
MrsNox Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so beautiful! I love the silky feel of the garment the most, it's almost I've water. :)
LBtheCC Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting. I'm not familiar with the reference, however.
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
I highly recommend the book if you ever do get curious.  It's a little risque, but that's half the fun (and it's tasteful risque).;)
Uneide Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Gorgeous Angela! <3
Darkendrama Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Amazing!Love Heart Heart Heart 
Moebocop Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Very cool Angela!
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