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"He watched the smoke arise and swirl about the ceiling, some of it escaping through the light well illuminating the chamber's center. It was then Jan realized that he had entered the room, skirting the sun curtain as if by instinct, staying in shadow. He stood now only a few paces away from the firebowl, and felt the last of whatever influence had brought him there dissolve. He was himself again, fully aware. And then a cold, sliding voice behind him said:
"When you have had done admiring my fire, little dark thing, turn around, that I may look you in the eye."
- Birth of the Firebringer, Chapter 15


Finally, I've come back to my Firebringer Illustration series. This one, I have to say, isn't really my best work, but I tried. I had a lot of new elements to deal with and not a lot of time to work with them.
This has been one of my favorite parts from the first book. Just the thought of seeing the Wyvern Queen kind of morphing out of the dark corner of the cavern sent chills down my spine when I read the above passage. So I decided to take the challenge and try to bring that scene to life.


Artwork by Nekkyo Usagi
Firebringer Trilogy (c) Meredith Ann Pierce
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Jachra Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
Okay, that's really good. That was an amazing scene and was worth all the wait.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Professional General Artist
Oh thank you so much!
Yes it was a scene that still sends chills down my spine!
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winkiemcfrinky Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
This is wonderful! Though it did always annoy me in those books that what the author called 'wyverns' were clearly actually hydra. A wyvern is like a dragon but with two legs instead of four.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! You have a point ((especially since my sister started playing Monster Hunter, I was reminded about the wyvern design))
but I truly was trying my best to bring to life the descriptions in the book. I appreciate you having a look!
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yayayayayala Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
OMG I LOVE THAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, another fan, yay!!!
I'm so glad! Its one of the best fantasy
series I've ever read!!!
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yayayayayala Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
i've only read the first book but i'm gonna read the others!! :D and yeah, it's AMAZING!!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, you'll love the other books!
The whole series is so epic!
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JanikaCheetah Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
This is very close to what I imagined the scene looked like, except that I expected the firebowl to be on a flatter surface, and the Mistress doesn't exactly have "blunt, badger-like forepaws". I assumed you tried to give her those, but in the end they simply didn't fit the rest of her.

As it is, I'm impressed!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
true, and i do appreciate your critique. i suppose i imagined the wyverns to have a more dragon-like appearance. i did have a time planning how i was going to draw this creature, but in future illustrations i'll try and remember the descriptions more. i think i was focusing more on the creep factor of the scene, jan's frightened expression and imagining the silky voice of the wyvern queen behind him. perhaps i got so into the emotion of the illustration that i probably left out a lot of details. i may return to this one and edit it someday. thanks for the input and checking it out! ^_^
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kokokikikoko Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
All Ihave read is the first book, and I own it, and it is one of my favorite books ever.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
oh! you should read the rest of the series. it's just wonderful! i think they're still in print.
and yes, it's my favorite fantasy story EVER!
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kokokikikoko Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
The Keys to the Kingdom is a close second.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
hmmm, i may have to go find that story. never heard of it.
it must be pretty good.
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kokokikikoko Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
It is.
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tigerpixie16 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh.. I just read through that book earlier this week.. The whole time he was being charmed by her I literally wanted to scream!! I knew the trap she was setting and.. agh.. It was torture.. The longer he stood there, the longer it took, the more I wanted to jump in and shove him out of there. @__@ It was crazy..

I just finished the third book of the series a few minutes ago.

I've had the second book for maybe a couple of years, but I've now gotten the first and third..
It was amazing *3*
I was so lost in the third book today I almost missed my stop on the train. lol
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
yes, the series is the best. i know, in that scene it seemed to go on forever. i loved it though. glad to see another firebringer fan. i could read those books over and over. thanks for viewing!
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tigerpixie16 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I do read those books over and over XD
One day I'll find the deer one..
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh, I actually started reading the "Firebringer" novel with the deer. It was very interesting. I didn't get to finish it though, I think it was the pace of the book and I wasn't into it at the time, but the storyline was interesting. It was like Bambi and Watership Down put together.
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tigerpixie16 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh..
I might try to look it up then some time or other.
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happyjoeismyfriend Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Great job, this is awesome! I like the sizing of the wyvern heads and Jan's expression.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
i like thinking of expressions for the scene, like if i heard a sliding snake voice behind me, of course i'd be scared. i had a lot of fun making this. thanks for viewing!!
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happyjoeismyfriend Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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ExPyr0 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
Gah love the firebringer trilogy! good work :D
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LarraChersan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful illustration for the scene! I like the light and the shades you did. Makes everything look so real! :D
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
thanks, a enjoyed doing this one. the wyvern was especially challenging, but it was worth the work. glad you like it!!
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LarraChersan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I think it is a very good interpretation of the scene. :D
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Shadowmanic Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg! This is lovely.
I can pick out everything just like it was the print itself.
The queen is so beautiful in her own little way.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
thank you. i tried to bring out that description in the story, where the Queen was described as terrifying and beautiful at the same time. A mix of snake and dragon features, since she is a wyvern. i think the hardest thing was making her kind of translucent. but i'm happy with how she came out.
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Shadowmanic Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes you did wonderfully!and the white/clear was right on!
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karliashi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great illustration, I love how the flame from the bowl lights up Jan :)
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
thank you
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Losmios Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Very cool! I like the light coming down from teh hole in teh roof, and how vicious the queen looks!
...But isn't that scene from the first book though? Dark Moon beeing the second? :? Or am I remembering in all wrong? Not impossible I confess!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh that's right! My bad, it was from the first book. I fixed the description. Just goes to show how tired I am from working too much. Oiy.
Thanks for taking a look! The wyvern queen was quite a challenge.
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SilverTwilight05 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Great scene, I love the look of fear in Jan's eyes, as well as the skin of the Wyvern Queen (all pale and vein-y). She kind of reminds me of an axolotl.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks. It funny how many colors are actually in a white...thing. She was quite the creature to bring to life. Glad you like it.
As for Jan's expression, well, I just thought of how I would feel hearing a "sliding voice" in the darkness behind me. Yeah, scary.
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Cowgirl-Hank Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
very nice! his expression is priceless!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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