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Phedre's Marque by atacuivel Phedre's Marque by atacuivel
My take on Phedre's marque, from Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. Theoretically this would be filled in with black and a bit of red, and tattooed all over one's back. I might do the colouring later.
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SillyGodDisko Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
This is...stunning....I've never been quite happy with the most common take on the design...and I think this, perhaps only maybe with a few more thorns here and there(?), is absolutely perfect. If I were worthy of it I'd request your permission to get it tattoo'd <3
kaeleers-heart Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Did you do this by hand or...?
atacuivel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Yes, it was pen and paper. I scanned it and adjusted the contrast since it was a bit of a bad quality printer scan.
Maruel Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
it's better than the "original" one i saw. great.
RoxyS8P Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! THIS is how her marque should have looked!!! The one on the cover infuriated me!!! Yours is lovely, much closer to what I had imagined from Jacqueline's descriptions. Well done! ^_^ :glomp:
Malloriel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, the one on the cover was actually drawn by an artist for his daughter and had nothing to do with the novel itself at all. I can't tell you why the publishers thought it would be appropriate. I mean, you pay an artist to paint Phedra in the first place (on the second book's cover in the costume of the first Anguisette, so SOMEONE has the descriptions on hand somewhere), so you can't just pay them to interpret the tattoo design?

Anyway, absolutely stunning. I especially love the three little leaves at the very base of the spine. Makes me want to do a new version of the design I did. I don't think it would quite fit right on someone's back, so I'd like to reevaluate it. Very, very well done, though. I'm quite happily impressed.
atacuivel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
Thanks so much! :D
RoxyS8P Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
No, thank YOU! ^_^ You made my night! Or morning... *needs sleep*
Kira-neko Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2006
This is prolly the most beautiful rendeing of Phedre's marque I've ever seen all of the other ones just don't seem complicated and detailed enough, the way that carey describes it intricacy. Anywho. That is awesome, if I hadn't had my upper back tattooed a long time ago, this would prolly be the one I put there.
katmontreve Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
*cries* why did i NOT find this site prior to getting mine?!?!?!?

Oh well, I still love mine (taken directly from the book), but... some day, can I have your permission if I get up the nerve to put this at the base of my spine?

*sniffles a little* oh the pain!!!

Kat :phae:
aka Katerine Morgane de Montreve
mellisande Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2005
oo00ooo i love that series, very nice pic, very detailed, :)
Variable-Angles Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2004
Very nice
lostkitty Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2003
parukmai Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2003
Ahgah...Phedre's mark. *blink* That's GORGEOUS. One day, if you'll let me, I'll get it.
Not that I'm one of those creepy fans. I just think that's freakin' beautiful.
atacuivel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2003
Of course you can get it... I would be flattered :D
parukmai Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2003
Whoo hoo! *laughs* Now to just scratch up the courage to brave the pain...
aliform-aisling Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2003
holy christ thats cool. so much cooler than mine
darkopaldragon Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2003
That's beautimous!
nocturniquette Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2003  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:blackrose: :rose: :blackrose:
i love that series...and this is beautiful
kushiel bless and keep you
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