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Sabriel by lokelani Sabriel by lokelani
Part 1 of my senior thesis. This is the first one I finished, so I'm probably going to have a TON of changes between now and February, but I am happy with this result so far. I learned a lot painting in this style, and I hope to apply it to my later pieces. Whoo!

Sabriel © Garth Nix.
Art © Me.

Sabriel is so fucking hot. I love her, I have the biggest girl crush on her, and her sexy hubby. MWAHAHA.
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UselessPoet Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Ohhhh, this is beautiful.  Such a gorgeous, atmospheric picture.
janedotx Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
This is beautiful! Reminds me of a Japanese woodcut. And this would make a beautiful book cover.
DraconicParagon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE THIS BOOK! The audio book version of it is read by Tim Curry and he does PERFECT voices for Mogget (and everyone)! Brilliant! this is a superb piece of artwork for the book. Love it!
SARS-08 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Ooh, I love it! Great design, it really suits the book.:D
melzika Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Wow, this is gorgeous! Fantastic work! :wow: I love your interpretation of her bells and clothing.
Zarnitunes Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nice drawing, this is how I'd imagine her at the end of her book; you know at a glance she's the Abhorsen not a girl.
hudwen Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this book!!!! I wish this was like the special edition cover that would be EPIC!
Artizzi Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I second that major girl crush. Cept I'm bi, so yeah.. she's so awesome. It's my favourite series ever.
first-and-last Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
The textures are beautiful!!!
Astera-T Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Wonderful colors and atmosphere! :)
yourbonesmymirror Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great interpretation of the Abhorsen! The colors are fantastic!
slategreen Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Recently they've been Twilight-ifying the covers in the young adult section, Sabriel included and I was really sad to see that. So I love this piece because it captures the feel of the series... which is what a good cover ought to do, I think, instead of some vague, irrelevant blot on an otherwise black cover. I would love seeing your art in the bookstore. :)
lokelani Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
WHAT? WHAT? WHAAAAAAT?! THAT MAKES ME SO ANGRY TO HEAR, because actually, the whole REASON I bought it was the original cover by the Dillons. 8( 8( So freaking angry, why does everything have to look like a cheesy romance noval??? FUCK.

And thank you for the kind comments on my cover. ;_; This is an older piece so I kind of forgot about it. Wow, I'm terrified to go look at the new cover now.....
Grigori77 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Choice! I loved this book, I'm DYING to get onto the rest of them ... :D
Temawei Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist
Wow this is beautiful! I love your style and the textures you've used. Sabriel's expression is absolutely perfect :la:
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Keylove Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
i loved this series.
Dragynfyre-of-Ice Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Abhorsen series are books I return to continually. I read them when I was little, enjoyed them - and I have enjoyed them even more every year I have read them over since. There is such a great depth to these books! (Plus, the audio version with Tim Curry is a special gem. :P)

Lovely work! When I saw your original characters between bluealaris and yours, immediately I thought of the rich prints and styles of Leo and Diane Dillon. I think you have done a wonderful job depicting Sabriel as if your own. :D
DreadPersephone Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Dude, I can't tell you how much I want to be Touchstone just to be with her. Every time I reread that book, it gets worse.
lokelani Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
Hahahaha! I want to BE her! I think she's just so amazing, she's like my freakin' hero. Heroine. Hahaha, she's amazing, and I love the dynamic she has with Touchstone. I wish there were more books just about HER, but alas, I guess she's just TOO basass too have too much written solely about her.
DreadPersephone Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
I know! I read Lirael and Abhorsen just because I was desperate to read more about her. Though one of my favourite parts in Lirael is when Sam remembers the barbarian who tries to kill Sabriel and Touchstone flips out. The way she can always calm him down is so sweet.
I've never had anyone else to geek out with over her! :boogie:
Hannerd Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Lol, I don't know aaanybody who's read these books.

Your depiction of her is... so so awesome. *u*
ShadyBlues Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Student Photographer
The cover did no justice to the description of Sabriel. This clearly does. This is exactly how I wanted it to be, and how she should be pictured, most accurate.
lokelani Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Thanks so much! I really wanted to show her struggling. I think the cover made her seem too strong and capable, when she was pretty opposite. She was just a scared kid for most of the book. She didn't become badass like the original cover shows until Lirael.
T-Rit Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Sabriel is my favorite book of all time! Tim Curry narrates the audio book; totally bad ass.

Anyway- I love this. I love the texture and effect on the background sky, the glowing lotus flowers, and I especially love how each of the bells has a different handle- very clever!

Also, I share your girl crush. :)
GodSaidShutUp Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
Sabriel is my favorite book of all time. Great work. <3
Really gives off the mystery of the books.
mybearjana Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
I love this! You've got an original and well-developed style, and of course, Sabriel is awesome.
lokelani Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Thanks so much, and YES, I love Sabriel.
mybearjana Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
You're welcome! I'd love to see more of these!
conartist89 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I am a humongous fan of the Abhorsen trilogy and i have to say, in all seriousness, that this is definitely the best interpretation of Sabriel i've ever seen, you make her very believable and the style is gorgeous.
Also the colours and especially the bell bandolier are amazing. I'm usually annoyed at how ppl portray the bells but the way you did it is actually practical and believable.
Her outfit is great. I could actually see this as the cover of the book. Kudos to you!
lokelani Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
I really appreciate your comment, thank you so much. I hard a hard time trying to portray Sabriel from my minds eye. I really love her character and I wanted to make her strong, but vulnerable at the same time. I'm happy someone was pleased with my decision making. :D
conartist89 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
oh i really have a hard time trying to get a character right from my minds eye, it's hard if you love them alot too because you really want to get it right.
But yeah i was definitely pleased with it, it's a great picture, and ur drawing skill is really fab.
sirenirocco Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
Gorgeous. XD Love the worn look!
Original-Elfish Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Gaaaah, this is so freaking AWESOME. I loved that book.. Now I want to go read it again. XD I never did manage to finish Lirael, though. Dunno why. :c
I like this better than the actual book cover. x3
SensalleMatten Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done. Read the books in high school, Garth Nix is amazing. I especially enjoy the way her clothing looks in the water. Symbolism of the relationship between the dead and bodies of running water? Maaaaaaybe? ^.^

It's good to see your latest art. The style has changed, but the talent has not.

ElysianOrchid Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Most AMAZING book ever and this is absolutely GORGEOUS!

I applaud you!
shichinin-tai Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
I love this book :D
squidmafia Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
Loke!! Whoa!! Looks like your thesis is going pretty, uh, totally awesome? The black inky lines are working really well with the way you paint, everything explodes (in the non-fatal way) off the image and the flowers the glowing flowers... trippy... dig the patterns, too, everything moves towards her face.

Keep it up!
blitzcattbabe Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Student Digital Artist
better than the real cover ^_^ beautifully done. love the details, especially on her bells!
freak-on-display Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
ahhh lookeeeeee this is sooo kdjs;ldjds <333 T______TTTTT the colours are so sabrielly, and the flowing robes in the water and the bells and everything is just so beautiful and dark. <333333
Greystone84 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Wonderful painting though the features almost remind me of a character off the cover of another series called Wayfarer Redemption... : / Oh well, aside from that I love the colors and tonality of this piece - this coming from a music major mind you lol - and think that it gives an almost chilled appeal to the work. Great job. : )
Heatheru Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Snap, I think I have this book somewhere... Love the set up with the flowers at the bottom. Is this a scene in the book?/how'd you come up with this? :0
chajester Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Oh man, Garth Nix's books are one of my favorite series. This is a great painting! :D
lokelani Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
uke-sama Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
gahhhhhhh she's gorgeous, not to mention she looks thoroughly badass. <3 Like. Aragorn-ain't-got-nothin'-on-her badass.

And I love the elegance, and the glow in the water. Gorgeous key/rune pattern. It goes so well with the atmosphere. whoa. ;_;
lokelani Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
Sabriel is the baddest-assest-girl EVAR. Haha, she's so fucking cool for being so young and she totally has my personal girl crush.

Unfortunately my teachers are making me do this piece over again, but EH, I think it'll be fun. XD
uke-sama Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
bahhhh that sucks when you have to do a piece over. Especially if you're comfortable with the results. OTL

Good luck!
MaryannHeld Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
:D I love the Sabriel series!!! They're really great books. Nice cover. I like the atmosphere. Sabby's looking good, too. What are your other 3 gonna be?
lokelani Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
XD I didn't know you liked these! Haha, my other three are random interiors of my favorite parts of the book. I love this book muchly. :D
lenoki Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
this is awesome :) i love how haunted her eyes look..and the colours are fantastic!
this brings back so many great memories of the books.. they were the first fantasy novels i ever read, and i've since become a fantasy whore so to speak haha.

i met garth nix about a year ago and have had a gigantic crush on him ever since :love:
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