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The Summer tree by frankenboris The Summer tree by frankenboris
Illustration done with ink, gouache and pen for the cover L'ARBRE DE L'ETE novel by Guy Gavriel Kay
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Given 2007-07-26
The Summer tree by ~frankenboris is full of stunning details, take a deeper look at the trunk of the tree to see all the intricately drawn faces. An amazing work full of imagery and visualization. ( Suggested by archanN and Featured by cosmosue )
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hiraku-kun Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome!
It reminds me of the garden of Eden story, as if it's Adam stuck to the decision to eat from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil...maybe not the intention, but it gives the picture a new dimension :)
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graphis Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Powerful!
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Indigo-Glow Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've read this book several times, and this art piece feels so right for the story!
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FreyrStrongart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist
wow! great stuff in its detailing. rather frightening though.
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ningnomaningnong Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
it's private time~~~
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Yoshi7Link Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Once again, your detail is incredible, and the concept is amazing. Love the atmosphere!
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aDeadSoul Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Good work, great book!
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Mystik-Rider Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
ah c'est toi aussi qui a créé ce chef-d'oeuvre!!! Elle est vraimetn superbe cette illustration! Bravo!
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Flocculus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
It looks like he's being raped by the tree! Dendrophlilia!
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ningnomaningnong Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
It's probably a warped view but I think this is so HOT! LOL
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dragnsmagic Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
nice detail.
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IVIaedhros Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Sucks to be him.
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jainas Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
That was a great Book, and yours is one of the best illustration cover that I have seen for L'arbre de l'été... :)
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fingers13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
kinda like the summer king....cept hes not crucified?
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ILtyPyra Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D: ....-Nose bleed- I'd nurse him back to health.
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mmumadrea Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007   Traditional Artist
This piece would be an awesome sight to see in the real. The tree contains so much detail. Fantastic.
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KatieAnnOwens Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
@_@

I'd love to see some detail shots of this. the tree is amazing!
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Soulkipper Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved that book! And even more the image! :D Congrats!
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jaydawnooo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
wow, such patience and attention to detail! pure genius x
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iamalittlelost Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Student Photographer
Mmm, Odin much? Fantastic piece.
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xxAlexaBlack Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wow.... reminds me of a scene in "American Gods" by Neil Gaimen.
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aslix Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gorgeous !!! :clap:
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WhiteSeraph Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
wonderful - gotta be honest when I first saw it - it reminded me of the scene in 'the last unichorn' where schmendrik gets tied to the tree by the robbers ... *glances about* ... nothing like that tho issit...

Any case - wonderful work - I like the faces in the trees especially - very well blended, not too obvious and not too difficult to make out - hats are well and truly off.
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pokijun Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
beautiful scene!!!
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phantomofnyc Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
This just just brilliant. Have you seen the Tree at Universal I think? the tree of life. This seems to have so much Despare and Sorrow in it. Has alot of emotions!
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rj45 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
This is pretty sweet. But I can't get past those two faces that look almost exactly alike.

Maybe it's no big deal. It seems too cookie cutter to me.
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auryn Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I once did an illustration of the Summer Tree for class, but I think you've caught it so much better. This is a very ominous, prestigious feeling painting, and that was always the feeling I got of the tree when reading the book. I think it's a very clever mood to have those faces hidden in it.

My only issue with the painting is that Paul was strapped to the tree during a time of excruciating drought, and this is quite the lush landscape. Mind you, I don't remember if the Godwood was protected from that or not...

Well, ramblings of a fan aside, this is a very good work!
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Avarim Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007   Interface Designer
Very stunning.
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Great drawing. I read the book years ago, and as soon as I saw the thumbnail it made me think of it. You did a geat job!
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tenkerasu Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
as a matter of fact...have you read neil gaiman's "american gods"? cuz that's what this reminds me of. it's very cool. i like it. ^^
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phyrebird Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
Excellent book, excellent picture.

Well done!
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Bloodsuckerlover Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
This must have taken 4ever to do! I commened you on your non-procrastination skillz
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debequpe Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
god, super detailed.. and so great.... i really love it ^^ :heart::+fav:
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Dr-Twistid Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
thats awesome
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daisychubb Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
Truly gorgeous and breathtaking.
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Sam-SRA Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
Amazing. I really admire the details in the tree, like the faces and skulls? Well, it's very well done, must have taken quite a while ! :+favlove:
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Darkestrah Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
you're the man \m/
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DRWick Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Student General Artist
It reminds me of Odin. Beautiful work. =)
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dishfaith Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
profound and beautious
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Rebecza Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
Did you draw this. OMG the details and coloring! Its wonderfull!
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fairy-Nanase Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007   Traditional Artist
Wow, love the detail in this!

Rosie x
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Nami-Nami Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
clearly, that guys having a shitty day.
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Mad-But-Happy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional Filmographer
That's astonishing... Great work :D
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Durontia Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
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really well done!
love the faces in ye olde tree! :)
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tegnepinne Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WE LOVES!! :D
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sharioon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
That poor tree has a man tied to it!! Let the tree go!

Seriously, a very nice piece of art.
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cementaryGate Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional Artist
very nice, i thought it was about american gods by neil gaiman, looks exactly as i the pictures in my head when i read it the first time
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Mizzy-chan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Student Digital Artist
this is quite stunning work
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behind-your-eyes Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
wowww
its amazing
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