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Firebringer - The Dancing Pans by Orcagirl2001 Firebringer - The Dancing Pans by Orcagirl2001
"Beside him, Dagg went rigid, his nostrils wide. "It's pans," he whispered, strangled. "I can smell them. Fly!"
Jan felt the muscles of his friend beside him bunch. "Stand still," he hissed, "or they'll see you."
Dagg hesitated. But Jan felt strangely, perfectly at ease. He wanted to see - he had to see - what would happen next, and he would not have Dagg bolting and spoiling it. The pans were coming into the glade.
They moved in a long file, a whole band of them, and made themselves into a Circle. Crouching and lounging, they faced inward. Jan saw small ones, weanlings the size of hares, and old ones, gaunt and gray-flanked among the rest, not just the slim, strong half-growns and warriors that had attacked them earlier. And then, within the Circle under the moon, three pans began to dance. Goat-footed, high-stepping, they moved and swayed.
"They dance," Jan murmured, with a little start of surprise."

- Birth of the Firebringer


With this piece, I decided to go with a more traditional illustration, which I may also do for a few more subtle scenes, in a style similar to illustrations you see in classic novels.

The main drawing I did in pen and ink, and added the color and parchment texture in Photoshop, just to give it an aged look. Pen and ink is quite a challenge, but I really enjoyed doing it.

For those of you who've been waiting for more firebringer art, thank you for your patience. I'll get the next one posted as soon as I can.

Firebringer Trilogy (c) Meredith Ann Pierce
Artwork (c) Nekkyo Usagi (Me)
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skywaterblue Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
This reminds me of those cheep editions of the classics my mom would bring home for me, and their interior illustrations. I'd love a copy of Firebringer with interiors like these.
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! That's what I was going for! I love those old classic books and miss reading books with illustrations inside. If I could, I'd write the publisher and author of Firebringer and ask "please let me illustrate your books!!!" I think the series deserves more art!
Akhrrana Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this was one of my favorite scenes. beautiful
Hetari0 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
This is gorgeous too! I really like the style you chose for it, the basic pencil line art is very well done.
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, i was going for an old fashioned storybook look. thanks for viewing!
agra19 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely! The style of the hatching reminds me of seeing similar work in Black Beauty book illustrations :heart: It looks like it took some time but also fun too :D
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you. i was going for that kind of style. i love illustrating books.
LarraChersan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great drawing! You really captured the scene! :D I love the sepia look of this one. It's like one of the old children books I have!
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, i was kinda going for that look. thanks for the nice comments!
LarraChersan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And it worked! :D It's really great!
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