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The Magician's Nephew by suburbanbeatnik The Magician's Nephew by suburbanbeatnik
This is a promotional image I did for my agent's fall mailing, to prove I could do fantasy art. For my subject, I chose "The Magician's Nephew" by C.S. Lewis, and illustrated the moment when Jadis shows a horrified Digory and Polly the ancient and ruined city of Charn.

It was fun to do, if challenging. Between the red giant/white dwarf star system described by Lewis and the Babylonian architecture that I used for Charn, I figure this painting could also be called "Space Babylon."

My studies for Jadis can be seen here. [link]
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grisador Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
Amazing
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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grisador Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
You're very welcome :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! 
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grisador Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
You're very welcome ! Amazing works ! :nod:
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BlancaXLobo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
when i read the book, i never imagined charn as an ancient egypt looks like place, but now it really fits
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
It feels very ominous, like a nightmarish Babylonian sort of place, IMO. 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
 This is definitely the best portrait of Jadis, late Queen of Charn that I have yet seen produced - it just about perfectly fits my mental image of her (which is as an admittedly regal juvenile delinquent … and simultaneously something infinitely more dangerous, hidden beneath that solipsistic pridefulness).
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! She was a helluva baddie. Wasn't it great in MN that she wasn't evil because some guy rejected her or some such crap backstory? LOVE HER.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
 It's even better if you assume that she hasn't changed all that much by the time of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' since it explains so much of her behaviour - her relationship with Edmund (Hmmm, another Earthling to play with!), her fear of Aslan and the fact that she still behaves like a high-tempered adolescent with a lethal degree of disinterest in the wellbeing of anyone or anything else in Creation.  
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you ever read Ana Mardoll's brilliant Narnia deconstructions on her blog? I would be interested in hearing what you thought. 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
 I have never read that Blog to my knowledge; could you please post me a Link? (I cannot promise to like what I see, being rather inclined to dislike the work of those that seek to subvert the author's intent, but in the interests of fairness I should at least take a look at their work before I get a good "harrumph" going).Nod 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Ok. Here's a master list of the posts:  www.anamardoll.com/2011/02/nar…

I don't believe Ana is trying to subvert Lewis, but just examine him in great detail. 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
 I shall give the author a fair reading and then get back to you if I have anything interesting worth saying afterwards; thank you very kindly for posting me this Link.:) (Smile)  
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure! I know it's been months (I am so sporadic about answering my comments... my apologies)... but did you have a chance to look at it yet? Ana is very critical of CS, but I think a lot of it is deserved. He had brilliant ideas and lovely prose, but the Narnia novels were often slapped-together first drafts that didn't get the polish of his other novels. 
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Darkendrama Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Great stuff. I love that book
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's a great book, I forgot how many times I've read it.
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HolyCross9 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Jadis sure looks different from the way the films portrayed her.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup!
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bethyhope96 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Writer
wow. This is really really amazing. I love it! I like your style! Fantastic.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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ambassador-brouwer Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
WHOA.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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PeachCat93 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome job on this!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!
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PeachCat93 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
you're welcome!
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OlaNaTungee Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love Jadis!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
She is pretty cool.
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AmongTheFirst Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The Magician's Nephew really sounds like an interesting book to read. It's the only other book I haven't read besides the Silver Chair
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The Silver Chair is definitely worth a read-- IMO it's the best Narnia book.
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Makosharkman Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
you want to know how I wish the Silver Chair happen?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
How's that?
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Makosharkman Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
I wish the Silver Chair happen like this when Eustact and Jill arive in Narian its only been 20 or 30 years since the Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Caspian is in his 20s or 30s and Rillian is only 9 or 10 years old and when Jill and Eusats arrive at Caspians Kingdome the whole Kingdome Looks depress Caspian is happy to see Eustas Eustas inrtudces Casipian and Jill to each other then ask why the Kingdome Looks depress and Caspian says thats its because his 10 year old son Rillian has been kidnap by these Creatures called the Grims they Wear Black Clock and Hoods in other words they looks just like the Ghost of Christmas Future Caspian says he slayed there evil King or maybe there Quess whoch is the women in green and her Minions the Grims wanted revenger so they kidnap Caspain Little boy Rillian and carry him off and Dissappear with Rillian and Caspian and his wife have been worried Sick since then that his wife refuses to leave her room until her little boy is return to her and the whole Kingdome weep for Rillian and Caspian has his men searching for his liitle boy but no sign of him or the grims its like disspared off the face of the earth but Eusats relizes this is why he and Jill have been summond to Narnia to help Caspian find and rescue his littloe boy from the grims Eustach and Jill set out to find Rillian and return him home to his parenst.


what do you think and if you take request or even commsiosn could you draw a picture from my idea it could be called how the Silver Chair could have happen.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I do take commissions. There's more information about my rates here: [link]

What would you specifically like me to do?
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Makosharkman Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
s40 do you take points or prffered to be paid?


well you could draw The Grims Kidnaping Rillian like here is how they kidnap the boy here is how I picture the grims kidnap Rillian they have a pet Raven throw a Sleeping Spell over the Kingdome putting everyone including Caspain and his wife asleep except for Young Rillian who is in his room playing with his toys and when the whole kingdome is asleep the grims just walk in to get Rillian they go into into the Castle walk down the Hallway of the Castle and open the door to Rillian bedroom Rillian is sitting on his bed facing the other way playing with his toys the boy is wearing a Brown or Blue or Red Tunic and is wearing his brown fashion rubber boots and when Rillian is playing with his toys either one of the grims puts his Gaint creepy hand on Rillian Shoulder and Rillian looks up to see who put there hand on his shoulder and see the Grims and gasp and the Rillian says who are you guys and then the Grim who putted his hand over the boy shoulder Grabs Rillins and scoops the boy of his feet and into the Grims arms and the Grim said in a Deep Voice Your coming with us Boy and Rillian yells No Put Me Down Rillian is carried out of his bed room down the Hall Rillian yells help Mom Dad Im in trouble then the Grim carrying Rillian puts his hand on the boys mouth and says you just hush boy your Ours now the Grims carry Rillian out of the Castle through the Village and to the Forest and take him far away and by the time Caspian and his wife and the whole Kingdome wakes up the grims are long gone with Rillian and Caspain know they took his little boy because after the Grims Grab Rillin they left a Note saying Your son belong to us now you will never see him again.

so you could draw Rillian in his bed room wearing his red or brown or blue Tunic and in his black ruber boots and is standing on his two feet and fiver Hooded Figure are standing beside him two are on his lift sid and tw is on his right side and on is standing rightbehind him and hans his Gaint balck Hands and arms wrap around the Boy Chest and Stomach and Rillins is looking up at them in shock or in a puzzled look or a terffied look or in look like whats going on or you could draw Rillin strigginging you could draw a grim gribing Rillian arms trying to pull him tward him and another behind Rillian with his arms wrap around the boy or you could draw The Grims carrying Rillian away they could be in the Boy bedroom or in the hallway or the Woods.

so what do you think?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, sorry for the slow response... It sounds complicated, but interesting!

I take money for commissions-- I can be paid via Paypal. How large would you like this to be? And would you like it in black & white or color?
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SylvF Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
That's great - I like the restrained expression of cruelty on Jadis' face, and the whole ancient world feel the Babylonian structure gives it. Very nice.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! The background and buildings were challenging, but I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
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GeonForever Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
That part of that chapter made me scared
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup, it's intense!
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GreyCorbie Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
That's always more how I imagined her, 'cept with straighter hair. I think the movies really screwed her up.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Definitely!
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Kassis Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
I like everything about this work! It fits so much to this book :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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drawinggirl16 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
<3 I love this, great work.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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AndromedaRoach Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
CHARN! I love Charn! Great to see such a well-thought-through (and executed) depiction of it! :)

This whole book had some of my favorite locations in the series, but it's been relatively under-illustrated... I may have to try to assemble a collection of TMN art, I just did one for the Space Trilogy today. :-D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. That would be great-- I'd love to see that!
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