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The Demon's Surrender by Katara-Alchemist The Demon's Surrender by Katara-Alchemist
So I recently finished The Demon's Surrender, the last book in "The Demon's Lexicon" trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan and since I did an illustration based on the first two books I decided to round it out with a third for the final book! I finally had the chance to sit down and do it today, and it's been one of those marathon pieces. :XD: About five hours total was spent on this, and I'm super happy with it. I had a lot of fun with all the little details. Sin's braid took forever though! I re-did it about six times before I was happy with the style and how it looked. I'm really happy with it though.

I choose to do Alan and Sin because I hadn't drawn Sin yet, and I really like her. She's a very fun character.

Overall, I'm super happy with this piece and the whole set of illustrations for the books. The series was amazing, and I had so much fun making the illustrations for it. It was super fun to talk to the lovely author as well, Sarah's a total sweetheart. I suggest all of you pick up any of her books, they are all well worth the read!

The Demon's Lexicon by Katara-Alchemist The Demon's Covenant by Katara-Alchemist The Demon's Surrender by Katara-Alchemist

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Time to complete:10 hours

Materials:Photoshop CS6

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Pros: Your composition is solid and the eye easily follows to the focal point of them kissing. Your digital inking is strong showing good variation of weight and proper use of it for form. You positive and negative use for inking is working well if a little busy. You attention to detail is also strong creating good textures and shows a lot of dedication to your work.

Cons: The man's face is suffering some construction problems. First his jaw swoops up to sharply which is a feminine trait, males tend to have a jaw line that goes straight back and then turn at a sharper angle. The glasses are not communicating well as glasses and instead are coming off like a malformed eye that is to close to the bridge of his nose.

Other than those points I have made this is a very strong piece.
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thatpinktee Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
What an amazing, detailed artwork!! I started reading the book a few years ago, but never got the chance to finish it, and I can't remember why, because I remember loving the author's writing style!

How did you add the white stroked in his hair? I really love the contrast of black and white!
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! You should really finish it, then pick up the author's new series "The Lyburn Legacy". Both are very good and will rip your emotions to shreds.

I painted his hair solid black and then went back in and erased out of it. This piece was entirely done with the brush tool and the eraser tool in Photoshop.
thatpinktee Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Thank you for the recommendation!! I will certainly give that book a try; I have been looking for a good fantasy novel to read!

Ah, that is a nice trick! I usually use liquid paper to add white contrast to the black, but I hate the texture it creates on paper. Photoshop is a better tool for such adjustments!
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student General Artist

:nod: Photoshop is great for such things.
outsidelogic Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the style of this; it really looks like an engraving, or a woodcut. Cool technique, drawing white on black like that, with almost no halftones. I'm gonna have to try it...
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it!
the-flying-dolphin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
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