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Chion's Kiss by karibous-boutique Chion's Kiss by karibous-boutique
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.

Production Credits:
Modern Muses Epiphany for V4 (surreality)
Shane Hair (Propschick)
Helen (Val3DArt, Lesthat)
Night World Fallen (Luthbel)
Shades of Atlantis Cobalt Hierophant (Luthbel)
Shades of Atlantis: Arcane Brotherhood (Arien)
DM's Underworld Diaries (Danie, marforno)
DMs Legends (Danie, marforno)
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bigmike69e Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Awesome I love that depiction the only good depiction I've seen of a Draghkar
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karibous-boutique Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hoped it was convincing. I love the WOT series immensely, and was hoping I could do it justice. Thank you! :D
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Chance-Karen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Utterly creepy and strangely mesmerizing.

The 'glow' of the figures is perfect: dark, glowy skin of the monster and the pale, luminescent glow of Chion's figure against the evil represented by the Draghkar - the illumination highlighting her upper body, in particular her neck... perfect placement.

uh. oh. She's... chewed.

One of these days I'm gonna have to read that series. *sigh*
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karibous-boutique Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. She was definitely... chewed. Poor thing. I had fun with this one, even though my "vision" for the piece isn't exactly as Jordan wrote it.

And yes, you really should read the series. Second-to-last book is out this month. When the last one is published, I'll let you know, and you can read them all. Shame he died so young, there were so many stories he had left to tell... *sigh*
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Katsuja81 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
nice work! :)
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karibous-boutique Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yip, I think you did that one proud alright! Fantastic work (and hot too - or is it just me?!) XD
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karibous-boutique Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, I'm glad you said that... I looked at it when I finished and was like, "Huh, for being a creepy picture of soul-sucking evil... it's kinda sexy." I'm not really sure what that says about us. But I'm glad I'm not alone, at least!

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3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, not alone. You're in good company with Ms Purethoughts of Chasteland here. ;) XD
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iFrostyIce Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A beautiful piece of art :)
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