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Ragna's Song by Nachiii Ragna's Song by Nachiii
This is my picture (or more like a rather detailed sketch) for Creative experiment, a group my friend :iconnerielmi: founded: :iconcreativeexperiment:. This round there's a challenge to draw an illustration to a story or a book or whatever text you choose. I had more ideas, but in the end, I chose my favourite scene from Jess E. Owen's great novel about Shard, a young gryfon, called Song of the Summer King. Jess E. Owen is on DA as :iconelementaljess: If you're interested, check out her website: [link] and support her by buying the hardcover or e-book. You won't regret ;)

The illustrated part is (I skipped some sentences or paragraphs in between, because I didn't want to re-write the whole chapter):

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Slowly through the crowd, wings politely folded and every step graceful, walked Ragna the Widow Queen. She advanced all the way to the king's rocks and mantled, her pale wings shimmering.
"My Lord."...
..."In light of your tremendous news, I ask your leave to sing a tale."

An excited, hustled trill wove through the pride.
They watched with ears perked as Sverin stepped down to the lower rocks and Ragna climbed sedately higher. The dawn light edged her softly, like sun on a dove's feathers.
Moonlight would become her, Shard thought, feeling anxious. Does this song have something to do with her conversation with Sigrun?
"I am Ragna," the old gryfess began. "And I welcome you. We have arrived at a difficult time. This is the song I offer you now. This is a summer song, a song older than the oldest here, older than the trees on Star Isle, as old as the sea and the sky."
"It is a song that Tyr and Tor sang to the world when it was as young as a fledging gryfon. As a gryfess sings to her kit of all the things to come, so they sang the world this song of hope, of love."

Her song lifted from speaking into song and Shard's heart caught with it, questions brushed aside the youthful, lilting melody, sweet as spring wind, hopeful.
She sang of the beginning of the world, that Tyr forged it in fire and watched over it in the day, and Tor cooled it with the sea and watched it in the dark. She sang of the struggles of all their children, of fear, and courage, and hate. When the tale grew darkest, a nameless one appeared to lead all back into the sunlight.

"One will rise higher,
One will see further,
His wing beats will part the storm,
They will call him the summer king
And this will be his song."
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:iconartich0ker:
Artich0ker Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohh the skyyy... O_o i lov it
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :aww:
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Worldevour Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i think this is your best work(technical)
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? I always found this work lacking in some ways and I didn't spend so much time with it, so I never considered it my best work, but I'm glad to know your opinion. Thanks for sharing it :aww:
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DarkRain25 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
So fluffy <3
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep :aww: Thanks:)
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:iconlactopi:
Lactopi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful picture! :) You've definitely captured my interest in that story. I'll have to check it out now.
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! Oh, that's great! I can only recommend the book, I enjoyed it very much! A sequel called Skyfire was also released recently :aww:
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:iconlactopi:
Lactopi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! ^_^ I read the first few chapters and decided to order it. It does sound pretty amazing.
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UmbraAnimusLupus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Mind=Blown
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :aww:
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:iconkathiecreatures:
KathieCreatures Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
¨Nemám slov,krásné,miluju gryphony,to kreslíš na počítači nebo normálně?
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Děkuju ti :) Jsou kresleni na počítači, ve Photoshopu.
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Scutterland Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is STUNNING! :squee:
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconarredienaie:
ArredieNaie Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
holy shit, jaktože jsem si toho nevšimla? TOTO DÍLO MI NĚJAK UNIKLO
jako vždy krásné dílo :3
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mockrát díky :hug:
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:iconwilmarrow:
WilMarrow Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooohhh griffins....They are cool! You did their feathers so well I might just be jealous.



Yeah I'm jealous.
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Oh no, don't be! It not so hard! I'm sure you can do it too if you practise them a bit :)
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:iconwilmarrow:
WilMarrow Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You mean work? :o
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, sorry, I'm speaking some vulgarities, aren't I? :lol:
But yeah, I do :XD:
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:iconwilmarrow:
WilMarrow Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Poo... It's hard being lazy...
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is, I'm lazy for most of things, too. But art is about enjoying the process of drawing and getting better, so I don't mind there :meow:
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YamadaCZ Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Páni! Tak to je nádhera :) Moc se mi líbí to peří. Jen tak dál ^^
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mockrát díky :) Budu se snažit :aww:
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Roxalew Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconawwwplz: vdfjndfkj Totally mind blowingly amazing :aww::aww:
:icontardhugplz::iconfurryballoonsplz::iconredbullglompplz::iconhulaplz::love::iconlaglompplz::dance::iconspiderglompplz::party::icontardsinloveplz:
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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:iconroxalew:
Roxalew Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
vshjfbvdf YOUr so very welcome <3
:icontardhugplz::iconfurryballoonsplz::iconredbullglompplz::iconhulaplz::love::iconlaglompplz::dance::iconspiderglompplz::party::icontardsinloveplz:
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh wow, very impressive! *_*
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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:iconnerielmi:
NerielMi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ja jsem ti sem nic nenapsala? Sakrys, to musim napravit.:) Libi se mi hra se svetly na peri (hlavne na prednim a hlavim gryfovi), i celkova atmosfera a kontrast, i kdyz je obrazek strnuly, vypada krasne dynamicky. Presto, ze to je skica, se ti povedlo vyvolat ve me scenou pocit, coz mi prijde skvele. Moc ti dekuju za ucast, cenim si toho, ze sis nasla cas - obvzlast kdyz ja sama jsem svuj obrazek nakreslit nestihla (koukam, ze jit prikladem mi moc nejde :D). Asi necham to kolo otevrene, protoze si myslim, ze to stale stoji za to i pro nove prichozi, ale ty mas ode me velike zvlastni nerielozni plus.:hug:
Hmm, jak to tak ctu, mozna si tu knizku taky prectu.:D
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, mockrát děkuju :D A není vůbec zač, něco takového už jsem chtěla zkusit dávno :D Jen škoda, že se nezúčastnilo víc lidí, bavilo by mě srovnávat, co si kdo vybral, jak k tomu přistoupil, jakým způsobem zpracoval a tak. Snad někdo ještě něco nakreslí. :)
:aww:
A tu knížku určitě doporučuju, v září má vyjít druhý díl a já hrozně obdivuju autorku, která je schopná rozpohybovat takový sympatický fantasy svět, zvlášť když jde o její první knihu :)
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Jestersoup Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You never fail to disappoint. The illustrated details are gorgeous and the quoted bit of story text adds several layers of characterization to the multiple gryfons pictured here. You're, without a doubt, one of my favorite artists here at DA. Please keep up the terrific work!
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hug: I really loved this scene and was eager to try to illustrate it :aww:
Aww, seriously? Thank you so much :hug: I'll try to do my best :aww:
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Jestersoup Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoops, I mean you never disappoint.
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, no problem, I haven't even noticed it :D
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:iconharnaska:
Harnaska Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
wonderfully drawn griffins and perfect illustration of that text!
beautiful! what else could you possibly want? :heart:
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for such kind words :hug: :aww:
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:iconharnaska:
Harnaska Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
you deserve them to the fullest! :D :hug:
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush:
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Featherthefurry Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist
beautiful job! I love how indignant Sevrin looks, sitting on his rock. Ragna looks amazing as well ^^
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, thank you :D I was going for "what, are you kidding me?" expression with Sverin :P
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KronossLiandri Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whee, obrázky s příběhem jsou vždycky zajímavější :meow:
A obrázek samotný je parádní, líbí se mi, jak odvážně syté barvy jsi volila . . . nemluvě o té obloze! :eager:
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Děkuji, takové mám taky ráda :D
Hehe, já mám na syté barvy takovou úchylku :D
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Dying-Hopes Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Really beautiful! The feathers are so well drawn, and the light of the setting sun too! ^^ Good job!
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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Dying-Hopes Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
You're welcome ;)
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TigerGodSabawn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
This is really good
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :hug:
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Neranella Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Amazing artwork ! :D
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