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Kathleen Duey, a friend of mine, recently requested a drawing of Sadima, the heroine of her excellent fantasy novel, "A Resurrection of Magic: Skin Hunger." I obliged her, and had lots of fun doing it. I highly recommend this book, it's just awesome! [link]

Kathleen has also posted this sketch on her blog: [link]

Sadima is a farm girl turned magician's housekeeper and secretary, struggling with day to day life under an oppressive monarchy, so it was an interesting challenge coming up with a costume that was appopriate, fit the culture of the book, and was a believable mish-mash of periods. The bodice and skirt has a roughly Tudor/Stuart working class look, with a neckline that combines elements of the Queen Anne and mandarin designs. Her belt and purse are 14th century, and her shoes are roughly late 1600s.

As for the sketch, I wanted something painterly, but didn't feel like breaking out my paints. So I used Prismacolor colored pencils, with Prismacolor alcohol markers. I'm not crazy about Prismacolor markers, but it turned out pretty well, all things considering.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you checked out her book "Skin Hunger"? It's really good. :)
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It's fun to use pencils and markers together, and the result is usually fresh as in this painting :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Do you like to use markers a lot?
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I used to use them in the past, and a couple of times I used them with pastels with a good result. But I have to admit that now I consider them a technique I employ only for sketches and unimportant stuff :P
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kyria Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
I love her pretty face! my favorite part is the way you blended the cheeks :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
I think the story sounds fascinating, great work here!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
Well you're terribly welcome!
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DragenEyez Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
I love your style of colouring!
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DragenEyez Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
oh gosh..I hate to double post, but I've just put an order for Ms. Duey's novel, thanks to you.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you really? That's so cool! I'll be sure to let Kathleen know. :D
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DragenEyez Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
It is indeed! I do need some summer reading material :)
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