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Alcuin's marque by elegaer Alcuin's marque by elegaer
Alcuin's marque.

Design decided on after [insert standard Jac Carey disclaimer] a lot of discussion with members of the Kushiel's Trilogy community on LJ, people who commented on the draft designs here, and of course . Huge thanks and fluffy!hugs to all!

For a description of how the various bits in this evolved, have a look here, and after that, there's not really a lot more to say. This is just a conglomeration of all the bits I liked from the drafts, and all the bits everyone else seemed to like too. And it seems to fit Alcuin, and that's all I could hope for =D
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:iconimpactbooks:
impactbooks Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is perfect. Ah, poor Alcuin. What a wonderfully beautiful marque though.
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JusticeFlight Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH ...oh ...   as soon as I clicked on it to see what it was I started crying.  It's gorgeous.  

And it's perfect.  
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lil2content Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I always wanted to see what his marque would look like with my own 2 eyes. I think this did it justice from the deprivation. Love it!
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stardustenigma Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Oh, that is breathtaking. I play Alcuin in a roleplay game, and this truly touched my heart. Incredible work, this is now my headcanon for Alcuin's marque.
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Wolfrunner6996 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alcuin... <3
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gelfl1ng Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
gorgeous. Would look stunning down Alcuin's back.
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Rowen-Ravenstar Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
That's truely beautifu
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MelodyAyers Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Saw this on JC's official website, and wanted to see it larger. So glad I found it here!
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lilmoongodess Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that's amazing! I think you captured the essence of it perfectly!! :D you should submit it to JC's own website (she has a section there dedicated to FanArt!)
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BrujahPriest Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
After seeing this image I knew this is the design I wanted for my Tattoo. We just got the outlining on it done last night and will be coming back to it to fill it in soon:

Here is some images from the session and the finished outline:
[link]
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TorvaBeast Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
Beautiful! I can definitely imagine this being the marque on Alcuin's back! Great job!
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Agateophobic Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
My fiance loves the series and he loves the design of Alcuin's Marque. He would like me to get this as a tattoo and I thought I would ask you first since it is your design before I got the tat done. It'd be a while before I got it done but I thought I'd ask ahead of time.
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peadragon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
I love this absolutely. you really got it just right.
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elegaer Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
ty D
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Lex-Larmon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
I really love this piece. It's aesthetically beautiful, and I think you interpreted the book's description wonderfully.

Also, I was wondering if there's any chance you take commissions. I'm looking to get a marque of my own, and I'm really impressed by your designs. I actually made a post on the LJ community, and a couple people offered to try and come up with one, but I haven't gotten anything from anyone yet. If by any chance you're feeling creative and generous, let me know. I've pretty much laid out my main criteria between my LJ post, and my responses to people's comments/questions thereof. If not, that's quite understandable, just thought I'd give it a try. Either way, I love your designs.
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Lost-song Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
I don't know the reference but this is truly stunning work! Simple and elegant, not overworked, fantastic!
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elegaer Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
Its a series by Jacqueline Carey, the Kushiel series, utterly wonderful. Very inventive and very beautiful! And thank you :D
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Lost-song Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
Your welcome!
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hamlettheangstmuffin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
this is very beautiful-- the visual and the description match up together very gracefully. wonderful.
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elegaer Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
thank you very much. I do love Alcuin ...
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Blood-of-a-cow Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
Oh! Alcuin!

*sigh*

Don't post spoilers, Sophie. Don't post spoilers...*bursts into tears* Alcuuuuuiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnn!!!!
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elegaer Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
awwwwwwwwwww yeah, I think that spoiler is allowed ;)

poor darling boy ...
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hexvenus Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
this is absolutely beautiful!
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elegaer Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
thank you :D I do loveAlcuin!
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GoaliGrlTilDeath Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Every time I read the trilogy I always wished I could see this marque. It sounded so amazing and fit the character perfectly. I'm very glad you did such an amazing job capturing it. I've seen a few other renditions of this marque and they have all failed miserably to catch Alcuin's character, but you did it perfect. I truly love this.
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elegaer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007
thank you. really. I love Alcuin, and of every marque, I think his has been the hardest, because of his beauty and character - and because everyone loves him so much!
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willow-jack Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2006
I almost cried when I saw this. He was my favorate character (still is) in the series, and I always wished I could see his marquee. Finally, someone with the delicate hand and the balls to lightly color something, and do it well. It is so beautifull, so befitting of his memory (look at me, I act as though he were a cousin or something *weeps at his grave holding white irises T___T) Anyways, I truely adore all of your designs from this book, they are so perfect for each of the characters. *sniffles and wipes away tears* I think I'll have to favorate this... *sniff*
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Corvida Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2006
I definitely agree with this one being more accurate and more representative of Alcuin. It's beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.
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Pokeisdead Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
It's very beautiful, the perfect inerpretation of his marque. Makes me want to draw Alcuin just so that I can try my hand at it too! Alcuin has always been and will continue to be one of my all time favourite characters in the series.
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elegaer Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
Thank you *blush* Alcuin is such a gorgeous, sweet character, I really wanted to create something worthy of him!
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sophieblack Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006
Hi, I would like to know if it was possible to use this design for a tattoo I'm getting? I know it's copyrighted, and I can't really put a (c)elegaer on my back, but I would tell everyone it's from you... So yeah, if you don't want me to use your art for my tattoo, tell me.
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elegaer Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
go ahead =D just let me have a pic of the final design, if possible - I'm trying to put together a gallery of pics of tattoos using my designs =D
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sophieblack Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007
Hello!
Time is going by... and I'm having my tattoo done on the 10th, in about a week (Finally!)
I'll send you pics when it happens and stuff.
Also, I need to know if it can be vaguely altered because the lines are very thin which is very hard to do in a tattoo. And do I need to get your signature (I'm guessing it's your signature on the bottom right...) tattooed on my back? Or can the tattooist (is that even a word?) make it vanish?
Thanks again!
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elegaer Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
sure, change it however she feels she needs to make it beautiful! And no, you don't need my signature on there :P Make it poof :D
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sophieblack Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
Okay, I created a photobucket sub-album for my tattoo.
So far, the pics are kind of bad because noone's there to help me so I tried to photograph my back by myself...
But I'll add other pics when someone'll be there.
And others in two weeks when it'll be healed (this is when you'll get the best pics, I guess...)
So keep the url adress and go check it out from time to time :P
The sub-album

Thanks again!
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elegaer Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
OMG! Even now it looks AMAZING!!!! What a lovely thing to have (yes, I know I would say that, but truly it looks wonderful!)
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sophieblack Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
I put more pictures!
Tattoo is totally healed so that's how it will look for ever! (If I go one in a while correct the effet of time ^^)
See the pictures.
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sophieblack Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
Aaaaaaaaaaaand... it's done!
I don't have a picture yet, I'll give you one when I do.
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BetulaNigra Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2006
:clap: Wonderful piece. You have such a great talent, I'm glad you share it with us mere mortals here on DA!
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elegaer Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006
bwahahahaha! mere mortals! I'm just really glad and continually surprised that so many people enjoy what I post up here - I love it. I love drawing and I love creating things that others can enjoy =D
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InKibus Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
So elegant. :)
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elegaer Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
aw thanks =D
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Rose-of-Shalott Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006   Photographer
That is truly beautiful.
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elegaer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006
thank you! I loooove your user name!
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Rose-of-Shalott Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006   Photographer
Oh, thanks!

Also, while I'm at it, I really encourage you to do Raphael's. Because yeah, I love him. ^^
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elegaer Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
I will do, don't worry!
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
lovely
elegant
you combined the best parts of your concept sketches very well
well done
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elegaer Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
Thank you =D=D
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MadamKistulot Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2006
d-d-d-d-drooool... :D
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LissaMonster Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! Love the knotwork bits and your use of color! It came together very nicely and is perfect for Alcuin.
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