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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):

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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Artich0ker Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohh the skyyy... O_o i lov it
Nachiii Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :aww:
Volarberg Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think this is your best work(technical)
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:
DarkRain25 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
So fluffy <3
Nachiii Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep :aww: Thanks:)
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.
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:
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.
UmbraAnimusLupus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
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