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I worked on this painting for 11 months in my free time. Every hour spent on it was a great pleasure, but I am very happy to finally see it finished. I made this piece as a small “thanks” to Michelle Sagara for creating wonderful, unique worlds, and the captivating characters in her novels, particularly my most favorite series, the Chronicles of Elantra.

I love all the characters (positive or negative) from the Elantra series, but the above 13 are my most favorite.

From left to right, top to bottom, the characters are as follows:

Kayling, Hope (the little dragon), the Eternal Dragon Emperor, Emmerian, Diarmat, Sanabalis, the Arkon, Ballusdeo, Makkuron (the black dragon), Tiamaris, Evarrim, Teela, the Consort and lastly, Nighshade.

Many thanks to the wonderful Michelle Sagara, who kindly sent me a detailed description of the Eternal Dragon Emperor and Emmerian, both characters, which did not yet appear in the novels, but were only spoken of. Strange how I can love them so, even though neither the Emperor nor Emmerian ever spoke so much as a word in the novels. Still, they just have a “presence” that I am totally fascinated by, particularly the Eternal Dragon Emperor.

Long live the Elantra Series and Michelle Sagara for writing such an amazing story and characters. I can't wait for Cast in Flame. XD

For closeups of this painting, please visit the following link: www.mathiaarkoniel.com/tmp/ela…

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:iconladyofazzaroth:
LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful<3
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Iz-De-Rose Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this book series and I think you did a wonderful job of illustrating the characters! 
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:iconmathiaarkoniel:
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist

Thanks! Glad to hear I was able to capture the characters to your liking. :D
I agree! It's my most favorite series too.

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SimMermaid Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this series and your art conveys great detail about the characters! They are just as I imagined them! I am glad that Michelle Sagara noticed your work and likes it too!
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist

Thanks a lot! Glad you like the way I represent the characters. :D

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TheDivineConspiracy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Your art for this series is just amazing! They made me aware of these books and I started to read them and I really, really love them (thanks a lot for that!)! I think you catch each character just perfectly, though I'm sadly not finished with all of the books, since I have to study for upcoming exams.

I can understand your interest in the Eternal Dragon Emperor, he seems to be like a very interesting character, when spoken of.

Thank you so much for your absolutely awesome art!
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:iconmathiaarkoniel:
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much for the wonderful compliments! I am overjoyed to hear you like the way I represented the characters, and I am happier still that I was able to introduce you to a series you enjoy! :)
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TheDivineConspiracy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
You're welcome, you absolutely deserve it!
And I'm happy you introduced me as well. Thanks again! A lot!
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tomuchtime Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok now I'm curious
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:D If you read the Chronicles of Elantra by Michelle Sagara, I hope you enjoy it. :)
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torivan6 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Student General Artist
wow   pretty amazing work ... 
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myohmy2110 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
I am thrilled to find such wonderful art of one of my favorite series, and from one of my favorite artists.  Thank you for posting.
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much for the wonderful compliment! Oh, I am rather obsessed with the Elantra series, so loads more art will be forthcoming. XD I am really happy to hear that you like how I represent the characters. :)
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Carolinareader Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
I always come here to look at your art when I finish a Chronicles of Elantra book, and  it always amazes .  The dragons really stand out  me  in this piece, they are my favorite characters. I particularly love what you did with Tiamaris's hands.
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the honor and wonderful compliment. I am overjoyed to hear you like the way I represent these characters. I am sure it won't come a surprise for me to say that the Dragons are my favorite characters too.... But I guess this is rather obvious from how obsessively I keep painting them. More Elantra artwork is on the way, and it again has Kayling and the Dragons as a main focus. XD
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carro317 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
oh wow! This is beyond impressive. What media did you use to paint this? I don't think I used to view the city they lived in like the buildings that you have depicted but now don't think that I could not see it this way. Do you have any of the fiefs? In particular fief nightshade and fief tiamaris?
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment. I painted this entirely in Photoshop with a Wacom digital tablet. :)

As for the city/fiefs: My view of Elantra, as well as the fiefs is continuously changing. I started this painting a year ago and it took an entire year to finish (mostly because I was only working on it in between commissions in my free time). By the time I finished it, there are some things I'd like to change because my view of them changed. For example, the Arkon's hair, Sanabalis' beard and clothes, the Dariandaros' clothes, and the city behind Dariandaros. My view of Elantra shifted, and I imagine the streets differently now. But if I were to always go back and change the paintings whenever my view of something changes, I'd never finish a painting. XD How did you imagine Elantra and the fiefs, if you have any visual references you could show me? I am also very open to suggestions and new inspiration.
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basementmatt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014   Photographer
I heart this.
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Lol. Thanks!
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ShayanaF Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
A favourite series of mine also. Thank you for bringing the characters to life and so beautifully done, congratulations <3
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your compliment and comment. Yes, it's a wonderful series with a great cast of characters (not to mention, racial variety). I love them so!
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bagtop Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student General Artist
beautiful work
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:iconmathiaarkoniel:
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

Thank you! Glad you like it. :)

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Willow-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
This is.... I have no words for how awesome and beautiful this is~.  The Chronicles of Elantra is my FAVORITE book series of all time. All your work is amazing, but your work of this world is always so wonderful and I always get excited to see it.  
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, they Elantra series is my MOST favorite series of all time too! I can't stop obsessing over it. XDD And I am SO highly inspired. I just need to read a couple of paragraphs from the book, and at least 3 possible paintings pop into my mind. Pity there's not more hours to a day. *sigh* Ah well.

Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment on my Elantra paintings. I am so happy I can bring some joy with them to others. :)
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Willow-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
I know what you mean!! There are always parts in the book I could imagine in a drawing or in costume. Usually end up reading little parts over again just because they were so good~. X3

And, I'm so excited!! It took me a bit to get the book, but I literally just got the newest book in the mail. Sitting right next to me in the box, actually. >_> I'm so excited to read it~!!!! :heart: :heart: :heart: 

And, I know I said this already , but I love your work and always look forward to your newest creations. ^_^ 
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly! That's what I am doing as well; i.e., rereading parts of the book, particularly does parts which I really enjoyed. I don't know why the novels appeal to me so much. I've read other books by Michelle Sagara/West, and I love them, but this series... it's like every character in it (with Kaylin, the Dragons and the Barrani at the top), SING to my soul! I can't stop obsessing over them. XD

But anyway. I hope you enjoy Cast in Flame. I am not sure how you feel about spoilers, so I will not say anything specific here, but there's an awesome encounter at the end of the book between Kaylin and someone. XD
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Willow-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
I totally know what you mean~!! XD Not gonna lie, I daydream about the books and that world all the time. :P It's just.... such an amazing and wonderful story~. :heart: Aaaaaah~. 

My mom read the book before I got my copy. And she normally doesn't tell me anything that happens, but she told me who Kaylin meets...... I started squealing and flailing my arms. Stopped breathing for a little bit while that was going on... >_> lol BUT, I've started it now!! And so far, loving it~!! So many parts make me giggle. :3  
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shaima-i Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I spammed u enough on facebook lol so i'll keep it short here XD ahhh! so beautiful! <3 Loved seeing Emmerian here, speaking of, have u read the first chapter preview for Cast in Flame? ahhh!! o(^__^)o
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Lol. Thank you so much for all the 'spamming'. I really appreciate it and I always love hearing what you've got to say, especially about Elantra; an obsession that refuses to go away. lol.
Oh yes, back then i did read it, and I loved it. I was so excited (with butterflies in my stomach)! Have you read the book? I think I read 3 times. I loved the scenes with Emmerian and Dariandaros. I literally had a tear of joy rolling down my face when I realized that it was Dariandaros standing beside the Arkon. XDDD

AT LAST! We MET him! *dies happy*
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LamentingFork Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Beautiful! The top picture is my favorite!
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! You mean Kaylin, the girl in the green dress? I am glad you like it.
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LamentingFork Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Yup :)
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egyptian-nut Featured By Owner Edited Jul 18, 2014
This is absolutely stunning. Chronicles of Elantra is one of my favourite fantasy series and you have brought the characters vividly to life.
Thank you so much for this amazing piece of art Mathia! :)
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much for the wonderful compliment and comment. I am overjoyed to hear that you like my painting, and happier still that I could bring some joy with it. :D The Elantra series is definitely my most favorite series ever, and I am super happy to share the love.
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CharlottSophie Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Amazing. You are gifted in using Lights and colors
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:iconmathiaarkoniel:
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ever so much! I am glad to hear you like my paintings. :)
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storm-rao Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
I love the way the picture flows. It has good blending and contrast and I love the poses

awesome work
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

Thank you ever so much for your compliment! I am very glad to hear my painting is to your liking.

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Maverrix Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just stunning. Really amazing job. :wow:
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

Thanks so much! I am glad you like it.

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ESpark1K Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Thank you for feeding the fandom. We do not have enough fanart of this series and you do it so beautifully. I love it! :glomp:
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! Thank you very much for commenting and sharing your opinion on my art. I always greatly appreciate it. :)
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ESpark1K Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
I still think your art is among the best on this site. The detail and colors you choose is lovely. I always recognize your style. Thank you! And lets hear it for Elantra (and poor Kaylin! :heart:)
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MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. Thank you so much for this wonderful compliment. I am truly so happy to hear that you like my art so much, and that my style is recognizable. :) Thank you!
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ArchAssassin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
your Art is beautiful, I wish I had this skills for digital art. 
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:iconmathiaarkoniel:
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much for the wonderful compliment. :)
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ArchAssassin Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
every time dude :icondragonspif:
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is incredibly beautiful! I love how seamlessly it flows from one section to the next.
Amazing work!
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:iconmathiaarkoniel:
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much for the wonderful compliment! I am very happy to hear you like how the piece is put together. :)
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