From Robert Jordan's "The Shadow Rising"
Here where extinguished lamps meant pitch dark at noon, some lamps were always left lit. The feeling was still vague, but it would not go away. Evil.
He stopped suddenly, in the wide archway leading to the brown-tiled entry chamber. One silver lamp at each end of the room gave a pale light. In the middle of the floor, a tall man stood with his head bowed over the woman wrapped in his black-cloaked arms, her head flung back and her white cowl fallen while he nuzzled at her throat. Chion's eyes were nearly closed, and she wore an ecstatic smile. A flush of embarrassment slid across the surface of the void. Then the man raised his head.
Black eyes regarded Rand, too big in a pale, gaunt-cheeked face; a puckered, red-lipped mouth opened in a parody of a smile, showing sharp teeth. Chion crumpled to the floor as the cloak unfolded, spread into wide, batlike wings. The Draghkar stepped over her, white, white hands reaching for Rand, the long, slender fingers tipped with claws. Claws and teeth were not the danger, though. It was the Draghkar's kiss that killed, and worse.
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Okay, I know the image isn't completely faithful to the description, but I took a bit of artistic license. I have been re-reading the Wheel of Time series by the late Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney, Jr.) and was struck by the drama of this particular scene. I wanted to capture the completely black, evil essence of the Draghkar and the total surrender of Chion as she fell into his crooning embrace.
I hope it does credit to the amazing passages which it attempts to illustrate.
Rendered in Poser Pro 2010, postwork in Photoshop. Full resolution is 2500 x 2215. Download for details.
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