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Phedre's Marque Final Version by AngelaSasser

EDIT:  I've re-uploaded this painting with a few changes suggested by the amazing folks at IlluXCon.  You can still see the old version here.

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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PS.
Thanks to Zephyri and the Oatley Academy for all the great feedback!  I never would have pushed myself so hard without your knowledgeable guidance and ceaseless encouragement not to settle for less.
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:iconkushielfan:
KushielFan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016
LOVE these books - this painting is a beautiful rendition of Phedre!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you!  I'm glad a book reader approves.:)
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Legion1a Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
Love the books - love your image :)
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you!  I'm excited to do more in this vein in the future.
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AubreyDurant Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Love, Love, Love, This piece... She is quite Beautiful. You have captured Phedre in a Luis Royo kind of way Well done!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! That's quite the compliment.:)
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Xuneneko Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Love the books, and certainly love this one 
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Always happy when I can please the book readers!
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Aaron-Radney Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014   General Artist
I've been following you for a long time actually without realizing it. I found this piece while doing work on a Kushiel's Legacy project of my own. Awesome! 
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey cool! I spied the Kushiel's Dart t-shirt design in your gallery.  Awesome stuff!  I totally need to get back to this project of mine sometime. I hope to do my own versions of the other covers as well, including supplemental illustrations and designs.  Just not enough hours in the day right now!  Funny how you found this one before you knew who I was.:D
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OtherWorldsArt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014   General Artist
I love the process you're sharing with us. Cookie?
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Intriguing and beautiful piece. 
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aicus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness this is gorgeous! The lighting creates the perfect atmosphere, and I really love the little splashes of crisp detail and especially Kushiel OH MAN. I'm inspired to go pick up and reread the books now.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
That's exactly the reaction I wanted to hear with this piece!:D
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Keeshaba Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite amazing. It's so serene, but at the same time, I can feel her longing. Bravo on bringing this to life.
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MrsNox Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so beautiful, I liked the smaller image but this is a triumph. Rally well done on this. :) I was drawn to the attire at first, but now the candles are catching my attention. =3
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impactbooks Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is amazing! I just re-read the Kushiel series this summer for about the 8th time. I love those books. This is such a great illustration for it! I'm going to have to go and look at all your other Kushiel art now.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
So glad I have done this book of books any justice!  It truly is one of my favorite stories and it was important to me to try to channel the spirit of it.  It's gratifying to me that other fans can look at this piece and resonate with it.

I don't have much Kushiel art complete...yet!  To be sure, there will be more in the future, as I have plans to redo all of the covers for fun and practice.

I have to recommend you to the Kushiel group I run here on DA too. Lots more folks of similar interest there. 
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Thanks for dropping by!  It's awesome to know someone on staff over at F+W is a fan of the series too. ;)

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impactbooks Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's one of my favorites too! I re-read the series semi-frequently. I just did a re-read this past summer. I still love the characters and the world and the story. Jacqueline is very skilled with words. Have you read the Naamah series? I need to schedule a re-read of that trilogy. It's been a while and I've forgotten what happens, which means I get to be surprised again.

I'll definitely keep an eye out for your cover designs! I always enjoy seeing the different interpretations that artists come up with. I'll check out that Kushiel group. I love finding other fans who love the same series that I do.

Oh yes, I personally am a huge fan! I was lucky enough to finally get to meet Jacqueline when I went to New York Comic Con last year. She was very nice and autographed my very loved copy of Kushiel's Dart. It's certainly a prized possession now.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've only ever read Phedre's trilogy, but the rest are definitely on my to-read list! I'm hoping to do my own covers for the rest of the series as well.:nod:
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impactbooks Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'll look forward to seeing your interpretations of the other covers! :D So you say you've only read Phedre's trilogy, do you just mean the first trilogy, the first three books? She has two trilogies with the Kushiel name, though the second set focuses more on Imriel. All six books are great! 
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm referring to the first three books, yup!  I'm actually looking forward to the focus being someone else. The idea of a male protagonist in this setting intrigues me.  I'm quite looking forward to getting to know Imriel better and also take a shot at a cover featuring a male character instead.  I notice the official covers feature Sidonie, which is cool, but Imriel seems like a more appropriate figure to be featured.  We'll see if that remains the same after I actually get a chance to read them!
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impactbooks Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I definitely found it interesting to see things from Imriel's perspective. If I remember correctly, the first one of that trilogy is actually still told from Phedre's viewpoint, but then the last two switch to Imriel. I liked his character. He's written very well. I do think it would have been nice to have him on the cover instead of Sidonie, so I will definitely look forward to seeing a cover with your interpretation of him! 
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Malu-CLBS Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is definitely Painting Drama paying off! :D Faved ^_^
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D  Having only progressed through lesson 6, I am amazed at how much PD has opened my eyes!  I can't wait to learn more. I'm so happy it's showing in my work as well.
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ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought this was an alternate official book cover! :) It can totally be!!! Beautiful capture of feeling and detail!!! :heart:
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think I would die of happy if this did end up being some sort of official cover.:)  Thanks for that high complement!
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ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My absolute pleasure.  :) Your work inspires us all.  :)
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TakaraYuuki Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Writer
This is gorgeous! I've never read the book myself but hats off to you, a wonderful picture ^_^
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thepearl82 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Absolutely fabulous. Please more paintings about Kursiel Saga!!!! PLease!!!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Definitely plotting some!:D
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CurveyKittenLove Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
That's gorgeous!
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Darkendrama Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Awe-inspiring!!!!Love Clap +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav 
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theoriginalloveless Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Simply Marvelous
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Rhunespire Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Look's fantastic. I've heard mixed reviews about that series - some hate it, some love it.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's one of those series where I can say I enjoyed the latter part of the first trilogy less than I did the very first book, which I consider a masterpiece.  With as amazing as it was, it's hard for a sequel to beat it, honestly!   When I recommend this series to people, I usually say pick up the first book (Kushiel's Dart), then proceed from there if they really want more of the characters and world.  Even still, the first book ends at such a point where things are resolved and stopping there wouldn't leave you with too many burning questions.
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Rhunespire Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013

I will check it out, I believe a few ladyfriends in town have the trilogy and I will have something to read at work. ^^

 

Keep up the good work Angela.

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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Enjoy! It may be a little racy, just as a forewarning, but at least the cover isn't too porny for reading at work. XD I hope you like it!
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Rhunespire Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Girlfriend, I read Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry - sometimes both of those devolve into straight up porn. But thanks for the warning ^^.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
ahah awesome. Right on!  I think you'll be right at home with the Kushiel books then. xD
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dalamarlotherus Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
This is gorgeous!
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Mercutia81 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Gorgeous! You understood too well the sense of passion and pain of Phèdre, which nourish her and tear her apart from the inside under the gaze of Kushiel! How I love her!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
So glad that gets across in this painting. Thanks for commenting!
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Fabulettie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BEAUTIFUL ((:
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lindowyn-stock Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
Oh that came out incredibly well! I am suitably impressed. :D 
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks hon!  I'm glad the hours paid off. Now to sleep forever!
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Kajehase Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Absolutely stunning. Very, very good.
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