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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

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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.
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  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. :)
Carolinareader Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  New member
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.
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  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
carro317 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  New member
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?
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  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.
basementmatt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014   Photographer
I heart this.
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
Lol. Thanks!
ShayanaF Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  New member
A favourite series of mine also. Thank you for bringing the characters to life and so beautifully done, congratulations <3
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  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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