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Ragna Approaches the King by Nambroth Ragna Approaches the King by Nambroth
Only the wind stirred.

A murmur rippled through the assembled. Gryfons shifted, parting for someone. Shard, restless and twitching, stood, lifting his head to peer over shoulders and wings.
Slowly though the crowd, wings politely folded and every step graceful, walked Ragna the Widow Queen. She advanced all the way to the king's rocks and mantled, her pale wings shimmering.
“My Lord.” Her voice carried over the pride, but with a different quality than the booming king's. Like rain. A breeze. Shard took a slow breath. No one moved, not even the king. The pale widow raised her head.
“It is still the Daynight celebration. A time for songs, and honoring bright Tyr.” She swept a look over the pride and in that glance Shard saw what she must have been as a queen. She return a huntress's gaze to the king.

“In light of your tremendous news, I ask your leave to sing a tale.”


A "quick" painting, illustrating a scene from Song of the Summer King. [link]
The Author (she has signed copies!): [link]

Corel Painter, oil pastel and acrylic brushes.
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Tia-the-Silver-Ninja Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need to read this book -_-||
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KlarkKentThe3rd Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Why does this picture feels 17C to me?
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BittyKitty1 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
I agree with this. Just looking at this picture makes me feel 27 degrees cooler.

the shadows look so cold ;_;
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sbbelknap03 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The sun in the background bouncing off of the wings is very gorgeousHeart 
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Teowolf82 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
just read that book the last zeek, I liked it! And this Drawing too!
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Teowolf82 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
*week
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Silver-Zabrak Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the sound of this book, and your illustrations make it all the more interesting.
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wh1t3-t19Lightning Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the lighting on this; it's so realistic!!!
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DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   Artist
Nice!
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judygt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the song that is going through my mind with this picture is The Lion King - King of Pride Rock o-o
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MinaWolf10 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of my fav pics from you! Great job!
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debbie-blanch Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student General Artist
i love this
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JaqErant92 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great art. I'm a sucker for gryphons and dragons.
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cheetahpelt Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminded me of Warrior cats :P
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Emazon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
It's lie the lion ing but for gryphons! So cool :)
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leafwolf Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I knew I'd seen this before! I read this book two summers ago and fell in love with. So happy to find fanart on it and so wonderfully done. You captured the scene perfectly. :)
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh gosh are you sure? It just came out last summer for the first time!
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leafwolf Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hmm... I may be thinking of one of the earlier ones before that one then. Either way, the scenery was reminiscent to what I saw when I read, as well as what the characters looked like.
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, cool. 83
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54viruses Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
I feel like fluttering my wings and settling in for a ballad... Lovely!
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Trinitite Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing lighting and detail!
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GotTwistedKnickers Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I really like this :]
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CalliScribbles Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I love how organically the griffins pose here. It's as if their muscles and skeletons actually worked well together, like they were real creatures instead of half an eagle and half a lion.
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Chichiro Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What an amazing piece. :heart: I could stare at this all day.
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emilysodders Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I very much enjoy the characterizations--which is difficult with bird-faces! And your superb use of light. I also greatly respect and praise your thoughts about the society of sentient griffins would be like. It's a very impressive image and creative achievement.
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megsai Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the one sitting on the rock looks so amazing and majestic, in fact they all look amazing
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazon sold out of their copies within a day of you posting this o_O Thank you!! ^_^
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
:) Purely selfish reasons, I assure you..... XD
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing artwork!
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Karfunkelstone Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's great! oO
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pyradragon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
This pictures looks great.

I like the enviroment the griffins are in. The lighting looks great on the griffin sitting on the boulders.
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   General Artist
Oh this is like a dream, a whole collection of gryphons as they assemble as the one gryphon approaches the royalty. The gryphon of amber shows, and the last peaces of the sunset really set the mood of her power and majesty. The white gryphon coming up I am not for certain the true intentions, but I know for an illustration to a story plot sequence I like it. The background, as this is taking place near the sea side, and the sand grasses they are all gathered besides being in the clifftops I like, and the painted sky, the image is well done I feel and the orange gryphon reminds me of Red-IzaK intentional or not. :D :thumbsup:
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zloradovich Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Excellent. Very beautiful work!
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Azureith Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Artist
i love the composition! anf the lighting on the king is beautiful <3
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BreenPhantoom Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!
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Lucernne Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous <3

The atmosphere is done really well - I can almost smell the seaside air because the sunsets by the ocean here look so similar to that. owo
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dizturbed Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful image... I love the shading/lighting on this!
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pina-colada111 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So close to what I imagined when reading it, wow. C:
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shekeira Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous! I love how the sun shines through the king's wings. And, of course, all the little details, especially the varying poses among the gryfons.
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SilverFlight Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant!

I've just past that part in the book and I'm loving every word! Your painting is almost exactly how I pictured it in my head. Actually, because your art is on the cover almost everything out of the book I picture is in your style ^^'

Have you read it too?
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have read it several times. :)
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SilverFlight Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its great ^^ and so is this piece.
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Houkou-NRL Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
Something about Ragna's pose or the angle you drew her at or something feels somehow bland...I dunno, it's one of those weird feelings where you can't exactly define the what or the reason...just that it feels like it could be a bit better than this. Like this scene is so close to being perfect that it being just off is jarring. It might be that I just don't feel like her stance or behavior tells anything, while all others sit and watch so interestingly, with such character. That's probably it, giving it some thought. I hope this is coming through clearly. It's something subtle.
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Do you think it is how rigid her foreleg is? I just noticed that it looks too rigid and linear and maybe that makes the 'static' effect worse?
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Houkou-NRL Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
I believe that may be part of it. Something else is that it doesn't feel like there is much intensity or worry or anything like that in her gaze. Just some little things that could be improved on to really bring her to life.
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
She is described as being very calm in this scene. Hmm...
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xtheamazingnothingx Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree as well. It is a beautiful piece, but something is definitely off about her pose. The rest of the pride look so organic and have a loose, realistic feel. Something about Ragna looks almost robotic in her stance.
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chibi-demon-angel694 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! :heart: Great work! :clap:
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Scrubbels Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should make a comic series about Gryfons if you haven't already. :>
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