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Aeladhal - Final Cover by Lizkay Aeladhal - Final Cover by Lizkay
finally... I think I died somewhere between the first and second row of hair on Carmens neck... :faint:

This is going to be the Cover Artwork for "Äladhal - Der letzte Hüter" (Aeladhal - The last guardian) a german illustrated fantasy novel I am writing and doing art for ;)

The image shows Alrick VenDemart and his huge gryphon Carmen in the Valley of flags.

Definition "Tal der Flaggen" - Valley of flags from the book:
The so called Valley of flags is a rocky canyon in the middle of the Branshof country, featuring one of the biggest traditions of the humankind in Ädras. Every family, not only the rich and noble ones put a flag or banner with their crest or castle-emblem up in this valley, for everybody they lost, every deceased family member has their own flag in this valley. It stays there until wind and weather slowly disperses it, the wind is a big part of the local human culture, as the 'books of the heirs' tell, the wind mills our corn, it brings the rain and keeps the fields fertile. It's also part of an old legend that the soul becomes part of the wind when a person dies, so they put up the flags to make it easier for the soul to find his family.


I will upload a making-of file as well as one that shows some of the details ;)

half-way digital done sketch fully painted in Photoshop using a Wacom Cintiq Tablet

FULLVIEW = :heart:

Alrick,Carmen + Definition © 2010 Äladhal and me

Sketch can be found here: [link]

Place on top and bottom left for title, logo and stuff..

EDIT: animated MAKING OF file is here:
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:iconhalhefnerart:
HalHefnerART Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :w00t:

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:iconreinard-d:
Reinard-D Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing piece, seriously.
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :D

:wave:
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:iconsa66:
Sa66 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
I love the concept!
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:iconkristintree:
KristinTree Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing! The story bit sounds wonderful too =D
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks! ^__^ :w00t:

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:icongeolyn:
Geolyn Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Totally digging the details in the fur here. Wonderful crispness to the whole thing :)
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :w00t:

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:iconlichiba:
LiChiba Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
brilliant work :D
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:iconxendria101:
Xendria101 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is an awesome pic.
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:iconcornocte:
CorNocte Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous! : D

Good grief, one of my griffins looks very much like Carmen. D: Weird....
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:iconzoubstance:
Zoubstance Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool! Great job on everything here =)
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks! :D

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:iconaomori:
Aomori Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa, it's amazing! I love how comfty Alrick looks in this saddle :love:
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^__^ :heart:

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:iconutriv:
utriv Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Wow!
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:iconsmarti-chan:
Smarti-chan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Das ist so cool!:excited:
Ich wünchte ich könnte auch so gut zeichnen!
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Danke! ^__^ :heart:

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:iconakiroo:
Akiroo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW. i love all the details! D:
the fur looks so real, ah the whole picture looks real :la: and the shading! whaau
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks! :heart:

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:icondr-stain:
Dr-Stain Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Student
nice! :love:
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :w00t: :heart:

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:icondreamerpierrot:
DreamerPierrot Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
This is so cool! I love the bird / wolf creature and the colouring is wonderful! XD
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:icondigitalbird06:
digitalbird06 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
what she said.
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:icondragons-knight-fire:
dragons-knight-fire Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
query so im noticing alot of your grifens dont have wings is that particular to the species?
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
not really, I draw them a lot because of various reasons... (I love to draw beaks but wings are a lot more work ^^;)
though the traditional gryphon mentioned in mythology has wings ;)
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dragons-knight-fire Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
i hear yah on the wings i was just wondering :3 thanks for the explination though
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:icongiar3579:
Giar3579 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing...You have a tallent.;)
Keep up the good work.;)
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :w00t:

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:icongiar3579:
Giar3579 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
No problem.;)
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:iconcharlenechoco:
charlenechoco Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
This is incredible!! I would want to pick this book up and read it. :D
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks! :w00t:

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:iconcharlenechoco:
charlenechoco Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
You're welcome!
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful textures - especially on the fur and bird-like feet. It's not a big deal, but I think the canvas-like texture on the flags could be toned down a bit. :)
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :heart:
Hmm, that texture is indeed a bit 'heavy' looking I need to check, but I think I have all those parts seperated so it should be possibile to make it less visible ;)

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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, it's no biggie. I just thought I would point it out to try and help a fellow artist. :)
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StarGriffin Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
A.......mazing! >:heart:v:heart:> *Runs out of breath* :faint:
Whew, better now. *Breath runs again* :D

It's my (literally) biggest love, Carmen again! :glomp:
*always wondered how her fur would look like* I must say, I'm very pleasantly surprised^^ :smooch:

Legendary job, Lizkay! :worship:
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
I think I have a real soft spot for wingless gryphons =p it's already my third
gryphon-like character without wings.
And I would definitely love to have a pet like that, a huge plushy gryphon that carries you wherever you want :D

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:iconstargriffin:
StarGriffin Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
You're most welcome! :heart:
I do have a soft spot for wingless Gryphons too, I just wish there were more games with Gryphons you could use as mounts and pets! :love:
Much cooler than a horse would be a pet like that! ;p

*On the side note, finally managed to learn something abote the layer masks!^^ They're pretty handy! :icondragonnod1:
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
THAT is so awesome .___.'

All the details, and the fur and everything... Just... Wow.
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :w00t:

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:iconhighlighterjuice:
Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
No problem :D
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:icontherenart:
TheRenART Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
echt fesch!
schöne details :)
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Danke! :w00t:
Hat ja auch relativ viel Zeit (und Nerven) gekostet, obwohl ich im Nachinein noch ein paar Sachen ändern würd'..hmm...

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:icontherenart:
TheRenART Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
bitte gern!

das kenn ich nur allzu gut
das ist auch der grund warum ich bis heute noch nichts fertig bekommen hab!
ich bin noch immer am "ändern" :D:D:D
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:iconrobino:
Robino Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, nice work! The details and colors are excellent. Very good job on the pose of the guy. The setting is also great. Overall super nice!
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:iconlizkay:
Lizkay Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :dance:

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:iconrobino:
Robino Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome!
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KrisSmithDW Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that is just gonna pop out on the shelves at the book store! NO ONE will miss that one! :D
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