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Offspring Cover by kerembeyit Offspring Cover by kerembeyit
Cover art for the upcoming book named Offspring (The Sword of the Dragon Book 2) by Scott Appleton [link]

The book will be published in in Spring 2011.

Originally I didn't go with that costume and made the sword differently, here's the first sketch:
[link]

But the author was strict about his descriptions so the first version turned out like this:
[link]

Finally they thought the backlights drew too much attention so I turned this into a night scene.

Enjoy!

Note: I used reference for the cave.
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:iconwihr:
Wihr Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Awesome :+fav:
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:iconazzacanth:
azzacanth Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist
all your links to original sketches and so on are broken now :(
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isaacbenezra Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Is the girl in the picture the same girl in your picture playtime?
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BlueWolf007 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Hmmm... let's see- the boomerang OR the glowing, magical sword of doom? What to do. What to do..... :iconthinkingplz:
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AokiBengal Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
I noticed on the author's site that he asked you to redo the cover because this one seemed to "sexually provocative". Personally I see nothing sexual about the image. Maybe I'm just blind to it or it's just the probably over rantings of a conservative soccer mom. Though as said I see nothing wrong with the cover.

That aside, fantastic work on this one and the new cover, as well as the one for Key of Living Fire.
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ThisIsLydia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student Interface Designer
looked at the other versions of this drawing and yeah i think i like this one best.. its awesome
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:iconjohnny2buffalo:
johnny2buffalo Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
I makes me wanna play pen and paper RPG. Right NOW :) Love it
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Evergreena Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is so beautiful. I read the first book, and I'm looking forward to reading this one as well. I love the final version; it looks good as a night scene. Though, I have to admit, I like your original costume design, even if it doesn't fit with the story.
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MnarOUrso Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
impressive!
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:iconahsonzong:
Ahsonzong Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
I really Love the use of colors and Detail!!! :mangapunksai:
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b10a Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice picture :-) I got to agree with the author, the backlights do draw a lot of attention. I like how you solved that with a nightscene. It also makes (glowing of) the sword come out better. I also like the costume you designed at first better. I just fits better with the sword somehow.
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AnubitFire Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the flame looking one better but in a night scene the glowing sword does look better. nice work on all of them tho!
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Lo1k Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Gorgeous :heart:
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tamiveldura Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As an author and reader, thank you THANK YOU for changing the initial to better reflect the story. Most of us writers can't draw what the words can paint and seeing the final book in hand with a cover that reflects the text inside makes the whole insane project finally worth it.
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darkHunTer2009 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This piece has been featured in my Journal Under the section "Fantastic Digital Art!" :D [link] :rose: :dalove:
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Johnnyflames Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I liked the progression from sketch to final and the way it turned out. The ornate dress tells of a mysterious & important magical land quality to the illustration. Background etc - You did a great job !
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plastikmaniac Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Is that a boomerang on the ground?
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:iconvivienne-mercier:
Vivienne-Mercier Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Definitely looks better as a night time scene. Your paintings are really gorgeous.
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liespies5 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Student Photographer
Featured here: [link] :heart:
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:iconayuichi:
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic color, I'm blown away.
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:iconkendall95:
kendall95 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the black and white one best, but all of them are really great.
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Shiron-Sue Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
You really do the most beautiful illustrations :clap: :+fav:
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SilentlyDamned Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Always a fan of strong female characters. This looks awesome.
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:iconkaede-kit:
kaede-kit Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Nice work on the glow!
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:iconaxihulya:
axiHulya Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Botu sevmedim elbiseye gitmemiş:P hah! nihayet bi resmine kulp bulabildim :joy:
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:iconphodyr:
phodyr Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the outfit in both versions, and in my opinion, the original scene looked better :)
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Nightweave Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
I like your sketch better.
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DroUltrinnin-61 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Beautiful detail in the clothing, I love the way the glow lights up her face, especially at her brows & her hair, also the way it changes to colour of her gown where it touches it. Great scene!

Thankyou my awesomeness!
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BeyondTheIcyWalls Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
I think i like the black n white version best. :]
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:iconuzay:
uzay Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
harika bir çalışma eline gözlerine saglık.
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ZiiZii-RocK Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow :wow: wonderful!!!
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Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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This excellent artwork is featured in my journal. [link]
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aedifico Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work. I must say, the preliminary versions are pretty great too, but I do like the finished one best. The mix of blue tone to the background really makes the sword pop out and be noticed. :)
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AuraNegra Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, Kerem..sometimes I hate you >.>
I love this one..is perfect..omg..
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TheLitheSinner Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Without a doubt, I prefer your first original scetch :) It's very beautiful and well done; the foreground, costume and background all mix together and stands out all at the same time. The final version is nice as well, makes the girl look very gorgeous. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose ;)
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Rancherion Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
I would agree with the backlights but the first sketch clothes fit her better than this dress
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:iconfarblade:
Farblade Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Lol, I thought this was for the rock music group.

Like this one a lot though! Love the colors.
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OutlawStudios Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful !!!wonderful lighting!!
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
You were featured here: [link] . If you liked the feature, don't hesitate to show it some love by clicking on the heart :heart: found at the top of my Journal. :peace:
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Arevish Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
outstanding :D
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BertanAkin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Again... Another great work. Im really tired of saying this over and over :P You are just awesome!
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ElysiaHawksbrink Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks really good!:D Very well done
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medienvirus Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
even if i like the final version most, i think i can imagine how you feld about changin the main-artwork. ;)
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gymnosophist Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Writer
XD! As always, marvelous, regardless...
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AnthonyDevine Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work. I thought I recognised it from its art mag ;)
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Amon-Re Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Wow gratz kerembeyit. All of your drawings are pretty good, but this one is purel awesome ^^ Although, the woman and the sword are so good, that the background already looks a little bleak/monotonous in comparison again, IMHO. I rather see her in a likewise moody dungeon (be it a cool-lighted goblins' or a fancy dwarfs' one). (But I think both decisions were right: dress and background look best in this version)
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sonoreo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well you're doing just fine in the illustration business, keep it up and you'll be the richer than bill gates by the end of the year.
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fox4 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Is it possible to get a print of the first sketch ?
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DemonShuriken87 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the day picture is cool looking, but both are pretty awesome designs.
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Bastetanku Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
Fantastic :)
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