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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


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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.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional 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!
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Akhrrana Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this was one of my favorite scenes. beautiful
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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.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
yeah, i was going for an old fashioned storybook look. thanks for viewing!
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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
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
thank you. i was going for that kind of style. i love illustrating books.
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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!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
yeah, i was kinda going for that look. thanks for the nice comments!
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LarraChersan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And it worked! :D It's really great!
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Xenithar Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008   Photographer
nice job! i like those books ^^
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Elzera Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008   Photographer
PLEASANT :D
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bardicsidhe Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
*G* If they ever do an illustrated version of the books, I'd hope they give you the nod. This is wonderful... it looks like a concept sketch from an animated film art book.

*just tickled at finding more of your work*
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wow! thank you. I have always wanted to illustrate stories, and this story deserves to be brought to life. i thank you for your thoughful comments! it made my day! :D
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peacefully-yours Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
wow.
Allyson.
This has to be one of the most amazing inkings you have ever done.
out of the ones i've seen at least. absolutely beautiful work.

hopefully i'll be feeling better by Sunday and we can do something.
=) love you!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
:D yes, i went traditional finally!!! it was a lot of fun. i'm playing football sunday afternoon, maybe afterward i can swing by and we can hang out, watch a movie or something. i haven't seen you in forever!!!
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peacefully-yours Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007
bleh, you should probably be glad you didn't come by after the meeting.
not only do i not feel well, but i look horrible and sound horrible.
you'd probably get sick just from talking to me. hahaha.

how was football, though?
I miss you... lots and lots...
=(

hopefully I'll get to feeling better and I'll see you Thursday.
:hug: Love!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
it's ok. i am so worn out from football. i hurt....>___<
we'll do something next sunday for sure!!! see you soon!
:glomp: :D
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wolfmistic Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
:omfg: That is really beautiful! You are really good at pen and ink and you captured the scene great :) Instant fave!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
thank you, it's my first really detailed pen and ink. i worked really hard on it.
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SilverTwilight05 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
This is great, I love your new illustration style. I love the gathered pans and their cute little feet ^_^
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
:D thank you!
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sensei-k Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007   Photographer
That's the cutest thing ever. I couldn't imagine even attempting ink. Hopefully, next semester I'll get to try such things.

Great job!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
Yeah, I was a bit nervous to try this detailed pen and ink, but I've been making plain lineart and comic pages for a while. It wasn't too bad. I finished it bit by bit over two days. Do you draw as well as take pictures?
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sensei-k Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007   Photographer
Um.. well, I used to, sort of. Haha

I would find a picture I liked (usually some sort of anime) and I would copy it (look at, not trace).

I did pretty good too. This account is actually my 3rd and my 1st account has some drawings: :icon1kanhoshi1:

Look at the very first drawing I put up -- it's the best (in my opinion).
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
awesome, i browse through your old gallery and you have some nice stuff in there. i'm asuming you like some anime, yes? :D
but, you absolutely rock at photography!
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sensei-k Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007   Photographer
Yeah, I won't deny it. I used to be really into it. I still watch it sometimes, but the shows I love watching don't come on t.v. today, and I'm too lazy to look them up.

One of my favorite shows was Fruits Basket. I used to love Inuyasha & Trigun, but Inuyasha just got boring and repetitive and Trigun got taken off the lineup. I was sad. But now, I'm focusing my energy on one art medium. I'm glad you love my shots! I absolutely love the support.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
no problem! :D yeah, i watched all of those anime, more nowadays, mostly Naruto and Bleach. My sister's got most of them on tape, well, except for fruits basket. we just recently watched it, but she has about 8 or 9 of the manga books. what shows are you watching now?
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sensei-k Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007   Photographer
None at the moment.. but we had an Evangelion Marathon not too long ago. Man, did that mess with my head.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
yeah, evangelion does make your brain hurt. i've only seen a couple episodes and all the times i was like "huh?" :confused: :O_o:
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Losmios Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
Gorgeous, as always! I love Jan's expression!! ^^
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
thank you very much!!! :D
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