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High King's Tomb: Cover Art by pallanoph High King's Tomb: Cover Art by pallanoph
Cover art for the UK edition of Kristen Britain's "High King's Tomb," the third book in her "Green Rider" series. This edition was published by Orion Publishing Group/Gollancz in London, so you won't see this cover in the U.S. (You're sad, I know... :XD:) For the cover as it appears on the book, you can check it out on Amazon: [link] The format is due to the fact these illustrations were originally planeed to wrap around to the back cover. This one gave me the most trouble, but I'm certain it was because it was mostly feathers. OH WELL.

There's one more of these covers to upload, so y'all just sit tight through this spam, if you please. :rofl: And you could always click the "unwatch" button! :nod:

Pencils on vellum bristol. Uncounted number of hours spanning a month.

Art April Schumacher 2011. Please do not utilize!
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ArticWolfClaw Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For some reason when I saw this I imagined the penguins saying "look at me, I'm FABULOUS!"
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Dgarauz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing picture.
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hunterpanther Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
SO. MUCH. DETAIL. This is a stunning piece  of art and every single time I look at it I notice something new. The precise shading on the wings,the realistic anatomy or even just how you managed to merge the wings with the horse so magnificently.
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LilydaVinci Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omgoodness!! This... is so amazing. There is a million positive things I could say about this, but all I can think right now is, "Man, I sure wish you would do covers for the mythical horse story I'm writing!"
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kanumbra Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013   Writer
:eyepopping: Woah, this is stunning!!
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Javashot Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Actually this one is my favorite of your rider horses. The wings are just so mesmarizing with their stunning wonderfulness.
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lashanta22 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
The way that you can draw wings amazes me!!! I hope that I can get that good!!!
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LadyoftheGeneral Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your horses are amazing!
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:iconbene13:
bene13 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING!! :O
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merrilee Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Gorgeous!
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SilkenWebs Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work, great book. a match made in heaven.
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Artaliaz Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Waw, fabulous !
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katty2011 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is amazing! This is my favorite cover from all of them!
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KigerwolfRD Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh. Your details in the wings are FANTASTIC! It's hard to decide which of these winged horses I like the best. :3
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MyDreamss Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
OMG! That is so beautiful! I'm speechless!
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Browniex33 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Magnifique and elegant horse.
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DARaabe Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
great!!! So detailed!
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SilverTail14 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
I shall comment on this one! They are soooo gorgeous, all of them, but this is my fav.
I would definitely check book with such a cover. Your pencil drawings are spectacular, full of details and delicacy. Always a pleasure to look at.
Wonderful work on these illustrations <3
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amie21 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
First of all, your artwork is beautiful and the attention to detail is astounding. Second of all, I clicked on the link to read what was available, and was hooked straight away, your friend is a talented writer and I will also be buying them when I have the money and time :) x x x x
xoxamiexox
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Rakshiel-MoGaidren Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been meaning to check these books out for a while now, these covers have appeared in Australia, so I may have to go to my local book store an get them :) rather than wait who knows how long for the public library to get ahold of them. I love this picture, and the rest of your green rider covers too
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smokeywing13 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Is is the part when I fall out of my chair because the amount of detail is so. spectacular.
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:iconamie21:
amie21 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Its beautiful, well done :) x x x x
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britt-- Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I really admire your pencil drawings! Your line quality and attention to detail are beautiful!
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enajtterrag-photo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011   Photographer
Beautiful!
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CitizenOlek Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Gorgeous work April!
That'll be my new desktop.

Love you.
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pigcat Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011   Interface Designer
Support ~!
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Nun2artzy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That's a difficul angle. It really shows off your skill in perspective.
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
omfg April this is so damn gorgeous! I'm really impressed, especially since you had to work with wrap cover constraints :) I'm so thrilled for you, that a piece of your work is being published on a book!! How on earth did you score such an awesome opportunity? Congratulations! Hope this brings in more steady work for you!! :heart:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It wasn't as difficult as it could have been, because I had some freedom and at the same time a very specific image they were going for, which worked well for me. It's wonderful to finally feel validated in terms of the four year education I sold my soul for. A use for a BFA in illustration? Hell yes. :lol:

As far as getting in on such an opportunity, this instance involved pure luck, as it was the cover designer that came across my work and contacted me. (Still, I should be less lazy about searching freelance illustration gigs and get a new portfolio/website/blog up. Such a daunting task right now. :XD:)

I'd like to hope that mentioning this job on a resume would get other publishers to consider me for their own projects. I HOPE. :fingerscrossed:

And thanks, Ashley! :glomp:
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I think it'll help! I've heard of agents just going to book stores and looking for neat cover art, finding the "cover illustrated by X" and calling them up ;D Who knows. Getting published on a big scale like that is bound to have a positive impact! :D
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kaykaymudgle Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
very beautiful piece of art
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Lalita17 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
you. are beyond amazing :wow:
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KaxantheDragon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student General Artist
I have a feeling you like drawing hair. :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, but of course! :XD:
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Wyncandel Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Another really gorgeous cover. The details in shading are really impressive. :)
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funkyduckyaisha Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Spam? PSH this isn't spam! It's beautiful art!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly! :aww:
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is spectacular!
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SleepyFennec Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
"you could always click the "unwatch" button." Blasphemy! *Sits with popcorn happily browsing the 'spam':D*
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: At least some are enjoying it.
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SleepyFennec Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yus! I'm probably not alone. Those who are content with the situation are much more quite in intenettland:XD:
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EvilWeezel Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
:heart:
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RyanRoma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done mate! Love the details so much)))
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Brokenfangs Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Filmographer
Wow awesome! It's kinda a bummer that they had the flower design behind it. It looks so fantastic the way it is. :)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
At least you get to see the original here, right? :D
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Brokenfangs Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student Filmographer
Yep! :)
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most amazing one yet! Feathers = <3
^__^
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm amused to hear people telling me this one is their favorite when I had the hardest time with it, and wasn't very satisfied with the outcome. But what that means is that others are enjoying it all the same, so I don't have to worry too much about one of the covers being not as strong as the others. :nod:

I was oh so tired of drawing feathers! But I didn't give up because there were deadlines and I had a lot to learn about feathers. :lol:
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
We can all see the effort you put into these. I think they are all quite strong in their own ways, even if it's a different way from the others. But now that you're done, you can take a break from all of the feathers. :}
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NightRainWolf Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
This is beautiful :) I look forward to helping you judge the contest entries in october
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