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East of Midnight - Zaister by silvestris East of Midnight - Zaister by silvestris
I read the fantasy novel East of Midnight by Tanith Lee a while back. While the read itself was nice enough, the more I think back on the complex story, the more I like it. I may have to read it again.

Anyway, this is Zaister, one of the main characters. A spoiled and conceited but angsty princeling, who is to be sacrificed for the good of the people, though he really doesn't feel much like it.
I searched the net for images of this nice character, but couldn't find any. Dismayed by the lack thereof, I set out to correct the problem.

Media used: Mechanical pencil, ink, Derwent colored pencils, Corel Photopaint 9, Wacom tablet.
Character Tanith Lee.
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xXemaaizXx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
I've read that book, its a good book.
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aisarete Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007   Writer
I read East of Midnight years ago, and fell in love with it. This... this is Zaister. It's exactly how I imagined it and better. Beautifully done. :heart:
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silvestris Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
Ah, thank you! I'm glad you like my interpretation. ^_^
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endejester Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning O_O
Have you ever looked at the works of "Susan Seldon Boulet"?
Your glowing colors and flowing lines remind me of the same style she uses *^_^* <3
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
I hadn't heart of that artist before, but I looked up her art, and it really is very beautiful. I'm flattered to have my works compared to it; thank you.
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Dragynfyre-of-Ice Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read East of Midnight not to while back, and I was delighted to find that her book there shows some themes followed in the Claidi Journals... a wonderful job showing Zaister! Way better than the ridiculous cover of my paperback (it's so outdated and old...) :D
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silvestris Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
I seem to recall the cover on the library-book I read was quite sucky as well. Glad you like this. :)
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Kumorinoko Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005
Wow, the style you drew this in is amazing. It gives the impression of being on old parchment, but becoming more focused in the center of the drawing. The metal ornamentation actually looks metallic.

That's one of Tanith Lee's books that I *haven't* yet read...I should look into finding a copy. :)
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silvestris Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
Thanks for your comment. :)

It was a good book. I've only read a few of her books, but I really liked the concept of this particular story.
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Kumorinoko Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
No problem, the art here is amazing. :)

Tanith Lee's books vary in quality, but I enjoy them overall. I recommend Biting the Sun (one of the few still in print) or the Flat Earth series (Death's Master, etc.), which has a lovely mythological feel to it.
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hazedvision Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2005
The brilliant colors are awesome!!!! =p
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auryn Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Wondertful colours...looks like you painted onto wood, I really like the texture in this peice.
And he's hot.
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crimsontriforce Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2004
I've never heard of the novel, but the picture is lovely (as always...)! And setting out to fight the lack of fanarts of pretty but obscure characters is always a nice thing to do^^
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silvestris Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2004
A noble quest indeed. ;)
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Ameyra Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2004
There is a very old feel to this iamge, yet he looks young. Beautifully done, it somehow looks, as if this were a drawing, that was saved in teh kingdom for many years and turned brown during time.
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kami-sama Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2004
That armour.. I'd kill for that armour XD I can't think of anything praising enough to say, so let's just say..

::kidnaps him:: ;D

I must read that novel.
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Starlight-Suzuka Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2004
I like it. :)

I like how you used colored pencils, I am trying to fix a certain style to myself, but I am always changing. outside stimuli affects what I do, write, draw. But you seem to have fixed one style, I love it. :)
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dandellion Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
hell, you did something I thiught is impossible....
there is some kind of Byzantine feel in this one, which is wuite nice.... but I do not like original Byzantine art.....
this way it is.... whoa.. I am shocked, it works:!:
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thedarkcloak Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2003  Professional General Artist
this is real beautiful work. Great job on this.
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taria Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry this is so late but this is an amazing image. Not much I could say but it's wicked!
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imtara Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2003
I just like the crown! it's really delicate
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arcane-angelicum Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2003
This is unbelievably lovely. ;_; I'm always amazed when I see such incredible art that's been done with coloured pencils. The colours in this are perfect and I love the background. Also, Tanith Lee is one of my favourite authors, which earns this a :+fav: :heart:
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silvestris Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2003
Why, thank you. :)
I haven't read many of her books, but I rather like the ones I have read. ;)
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klmnumbers Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2003
That's beautiful.. I love the pencil-like feel of the hair with the soft, cg feel of the face. They blend together beautifully! I also love the color choice. Another beautiful piece. :-)
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silvestris Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2003
Thank you. :)
Heh, actually the face is all colored pencil too, except for the highlights in the eyes and on the lips. No CG there. ;)
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jolinek Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2003
wow! excellent. I love how everything blends.... *_*
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ladyli-chan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2003  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool...I'd like to read that...

-Li
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melus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2003
.... Me *LIKES* what you did with this picture. .)
Oh Yes. We do..- *ahum* *whipes away drool*
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variablemisery Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2003
Wow.

Love it o.o Especially the flowy curly hair and the tiara-crown-deco-thingy X3
Also the texture in the background fits there terribly well :3
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