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Sabriel vs The Gore Crows by FionaCreates Sabriel vs The Gore Crows by FionaCreates
Some fanart for the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix.

I promised myself I'd do one "full illustration" just for fun every month in 2017 so far so good!

so many birds... sooo many birds
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Given 2017-02-04
Sabriel vs The Gore Crows by FionaCreates is a well composed, dynamic and captivating illustration. ( Featured by Lyricanna )

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Emilectro Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Great colour
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Congrats
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I only just noticed!!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so annoyed the official cover art doesn't get her hair short even though it clearly says it is D:<

haha, but you need all the birds.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
The british cover art is just charter marks. I like these better. I always got annoyed with cover art that showed the character, it's a book I like to imagine things!!

I mean how would we know I drew it without birds?!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait like the giant Charter Mark that looks like it's made out of fire in the middle? Cause those are the new covers here. I didn't dislike the original covers, except for the hair.

Original, which did show up for me in Amazon UK but idk if import - www.amazon.co.uk/Sabriel-Garth…

:lol: Facts.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional General Artist
yeah the fiery charter marks. I always liked them cos it gave me an idea of what this magic looked like, it's pretty unique as far as what I'd red previously.  But yeah I've seen the originals, and the "improved" digital painting covers too... I just like the charter marks.. it's what drew me to sabriel in the first place. It was a bright white book with a golden mark on it like "OMG WHAT IS THIS THING"

TBH when I was 15 or so reading it, I always hated that she didn't have long hair cos long hair was "prettier" and more dramatic. But as an adult I've learned if I can't make drama without long hair it's not a good picture XD
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh yeah. haha hey the originals have the charter mark on their foreheads! Goldenhand's the best for all the different marks, but as far as the book goes....

oi, what digital painting covers??

Maaan I first picked this book up in middle school, so like, 11 maybe? haha yeah you can always stick in a flock of birds :eyes:
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Professional General Artist
oldkingdom.com.au/ the austailian covers are all like super sparkly digital painting.. they're alright but again overdescriptive for what I want in a cover..
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
woahhh flashy.
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PsionicPengin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
UGH! the colours are so perfect!
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks!! The colour is the thing the book visualises for me the most, so I have to get it right above all else. Glad you like them!!
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LeviaDraconia Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
:deviantart: Congrats on the DD! :heart: :clap: :deviantart:
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
I only just noticed! what kind of failure am I! Thanks!!
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work - Congrats on the DD
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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sayarules Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I read the first book in this series a couple years ago, but I never managed to read the rest because my local library didn't have them. This makes me want to go looking for them again.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
They're worth it! I reread them a lot so I could never be satisfied with library copies! What would I do without being able to pick them up randomly and draw them! XD
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sayarules Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, you've got me petty convinced! I'll have to find them somewhere and get reading!
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lili-tomato Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017   Digital Artist
interesting concept. 
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I see a skull in the picture.

I've never heard of the source material, but that doesn't keep me from appreciating good art. Congrats on the DD! :+favlove:
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
The main character is a kind of guardian of death, she makes sure the dead things actually pass on instead of linger to do nasty things. (Hence the skull shape).

I only just noticed!! HOW COULD I MISS THE DD! ¬_¬
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: I suppose it was easy, and I'm glad I spotted the skull imagery in your picture.
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TheMasterofSuicide Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Student General Artist
This is breathtakingly amazing!
The Crows that build the upper part of a Skull and close in on these glowing eye things all look so dynamic and you can nearly feel the movement in this pack(?) of birds^^
I like the colors you chose here as well, as they work really well together.
My only Problem are the Eyes, as the left one seems to be to much smaller and a little bit higher than the right one.
But except from that one I don't see more things that I could criticize right now^^
And about the:" so many birds" I think it was worth the work, as the birds are a important part of the whole picture and with less of them it wouldn't look as amazing as it does now^^
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the in depth comment. I appreciate it! I see what you mean with the eye and I'll pay attention to that in future!

Yeah, I'd designed the piece round the flocking crows and it was as I was drawing them all out I thought "this is going to be a bugger to draw". Good job I like drawing birds!!
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piranha-ha Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a good goal >__> i should do the same thing. Really awesome illustration
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Last year I struggled to make full illustrations due to my technical abilities not being capable of doing what I wanted of them, so I took some time off and just drew self indulgently and didn't challenge myself too much. In a year I came on technically leaps and bounds so it's now time to start applying that to challenging work again because I feel like I have the tools for it, but if I don't hold myself accountable I'll never do it. This one was a nice gentle ease in, the birds and the character play to my strengths... maybe next month a weakness! :P
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piranha-ha Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! What's your weakness? Mine's uhm..........PERSPECTIVE. IT HURTS. I have to finish my credential program but...after that I want to take a year to work on my illustrations, because I'd rather be an illustrator than a teacher >__>;;;; Not a good way to start your career 
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Imagination/Concept.

I have a lot of physical ability, but I struggle to  know sometimes where to apply it.

Though that was also things I learned about myself last year. I did a lot of adoptables for dA which really stretched my character design muscles. Often before I would say to myself "no you can't design it like that it's not functional" and because I was just letting myself do anything I was like "fuck functional" and I learned a lot about design and such which I can now apply wider.

Perspective is easy for me, but my brain works like a scientist so I can build things in space easily. As I said it's not doing the thing that's hard for me it's figuring out what thing to do in the first place. (this is why I like my job as illustrator people tend to tell me what to do) XD
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piranha-ha Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha! Yeah conceptual stuff is hard. And I saw your adoptables account (+watched it). You have some great work in there, definitely. I'm playing with the world of adoptables, myself, right now. It definitely introduces you to a range of new things. 

I envy anyone who says perspective is easy for them.

Mind my asking what you do for illustration work? I was an animation major in school so my illustration world knowledge is...pitiful.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
I've been drawing in perspective since I was about 6 or 7 so I think it's just a tool I've had in my arsenal for a very long time.  It's not easy so much as it makes sense to me.

As an illustrator I mostly do private work, but I'm currently working on a card game/board game which is super exciting. I have found the work that comes your way tends to tailor towards what kind of presence you have online. I deal a lot with stories and characters so that's the work I get, instead of something more mainstream like editorial or advertising. But who knows where my career may lead me! I just keep drawing and so long as I keep getting work I'm doing ok.
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talsbee Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhh! I've been reading this series for the past few weeks (I just started Abhorsen) and it's my new fave. It was your fanarts that made me give them a shot!
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Eeeeee I still have Goldenhand to read (that's the latest one) I need to get round to that... it's rather flattering to know my fanarts poked someone into reading the books! I like how they don't have a TV show or a movie or even any definitive illustrative style (every book cover features them looking different or just charter marks...) so I get to design them however I want.
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Winged-Seahorse Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
aa I love everything about this, the colours, the shading, the detail! !!
unfortunately I have read the old kingdom books but barely remember a thing about them haha
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks!! I keep going back to them for illustration inspiration... it's a fun sandbox to play in.
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing art!!!

Pikachu Loves It Plz 
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
thanks!! :onfire:
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome!!!

*Free Icon/Emote* Molang (I Love It!) 
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UsteU Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
So fascinating! ♡♡
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks
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chikabika Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  New Deviant Student Artist
Yes Sabriel!!!

This is freakin amazing and really has a feeling of magic
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks!! Sabriel is the best....
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chikabika Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  New Deviant Student Artist
Agreed!!
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SamChanandJasonKun Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks
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SamChanandJasonKun Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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11th-Memory Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous!
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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