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This isn't the Beginning by arvalis This isn't the Beginning by arvalis
This is a book cover illustration I did for a friend of mine. I don't really know much about the character, other than he is mysterious and somewhat magical.


PhotoshopCS3: 10-15 hours, too long
GarthİCheyenne Street Houck
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:iconzwoondawl:
Zwoondawl Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Is the tea not spilling because he is magically controlling it? Because at that angle any liquid would pour out
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
something like that yes
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:iconzwoondawl:
Zwoondawl Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Very cool!
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:iconindustrial-machina:
Industrial-Machina Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Has your friend bothered to publish his/her book yet? If so whats the name of it? I would love to read the story as this cover got me hooked.
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:icontannon34:
Tannon34 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
He's immortal isn't he
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:icondjinn-world:
djinn-world Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconhirahime:
Hirahime Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is really gorgeous I love the lighting and contrast! THe bright colors really bring out his face and eyes compared to the other neutral/dark colors in the rest of the picture <3 Really Stunning~
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:iconmorganhowell:
MorganHowell Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
now i want a cup of coffee.....
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:iconarandadill:
ArandaDill Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice. :)
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:iconvergere-street:
Vergere-Street Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
This picture rocks so hard. I think people are going to pick the book off the shelves and buy it for the cover. Later, they will read what I wrote and go, "what?"

Amazing work!
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:iconshidabeeda:
shidabeeda Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :)
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:iconleppakakaklifoth:
leppakakaklifoth Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic job
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:iconcusd:
Cusd Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
GOD RJ
This is fantastic, I will never understand how you shade..and how you can just be like "OUP light source and shadow here" TA DA!! /done in 10 hours... THAT WOULD TAKE ME A MONTH. Its so wonderful. I love the steam coming up from the cup and the amaizng textureon the scarf! OOH BUT MY FAV..teh hat...!!! HOW THE LIGHT BOUNCES OFF IT, gosh ur so awesome <3
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:iconcusd:
Cusd Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
I take that back...this wouldnt take me a month...I simply could never do what you do..I L U
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:iconwillfactormedia:
WillFactorMedia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Photographer
So magical, the coffee isn't spilling out of his tipped cup :D
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:iconjadeyfish:
Jadeyfish Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really good :) Love those eyes and the hair!
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:iconmangatellers:
Mangatellers Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work! The cover looks incredible! I like the pose and his expression. You have done a great job with the clothes too! Well done! :D
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:iconastral-muffin:
Astral-Muffin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Before reading I already thought it was mysterious and somewhat magical so good job =)
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:iconnoxxi-a:
Noxxi-a Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very nice, I love it. :3
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:icondatorvitae:
DatorVitae Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool hate, can I have it. :)
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:iconjoelwhite:
JoelWhite Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work!
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Cool
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:iconkallu-wah:
kallu-wah Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome !:aww:
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:iconevren-ince:
evren-ince Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice style=)
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:iconragemane:
Ragemane Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Would you mind giving us the name of the book? This just screams something I'd be interested in reading.
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:iconvelvian:
Velvian Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Magical in the way that even if he tips his cup over, whatever is in it doesnt pour out! He's amazing!

I'm just being silly, great work, I cant point out just a couple of things that are good cause they all pretty much are great.
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:iconaaawhyme:
aaawhyme Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
simply awesome.
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:iconfishbone999:
Fishbone999 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ok this cover would catch my attention. it mildly freaks me out.
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:iconartipelago:
Artipelago Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Incredible detailing.:o The locks of hair and the cap are really amazing to me.
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:iconnotastrawberry:
NotaStrawberry Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
He makes me think of Zee Captain for Romantically Apocalypse.
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:iconxxanemia:
XXAnemia Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
I have that scarf, and that coat!
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:iconpanzerace:
PanzerAce Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
What's the text say behind him?
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:iconbozodeathgod:
bozodeathgod Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Seems like an Innsmouth sort of feller...
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:iconmodernerd:
Modernerd Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
reminds me of jack the ripper, I hella dig the hat. Also there is something different about the face from all your previous facial renders. I like it
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Seranalu Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ooh! thats cool!!! I love his eyes!! great job!
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:icondimodee:
dimodee Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student
Hes gonna spill the coffee..or is his ability to control gravity around him??
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
More like the latter. Notice the tea is not reacting accurately to gravity.
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:iconfiery-mox:
Fiery-Mox Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Impressive. This''d take me much longer.
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Awesome!
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xRadioactiveRaindrop Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice work
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