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'GIVE ME THE END OF IT' by GoldeenHerself 'GIVE ME THE END OF IT' by GoldeenHerself
The dragon came back in the midst of it all. Everything got darker underneath him. When I looked up through the driving, winding snow, I could faintly see the vast gray shape of him hovering above the weather. His huge voice boomed down to me.

"GIVE ME THE END OF IT."

I knew what he meant. I got up and tottered through the streams of transparent people, and among the horses' legs that went past without touching me, to Japheth's smoking bucket. Grundo and Toby were there, trying to shelter behind it—not that they could, because the snow was blinding in from all directions. I was really glad to see them. I was shaky all over, and I kept jerking with the salamander magic. I knew I couldn't manage on my own.

"Help me," I said. "We've got to get the end of this vortex up to the dragon."

They looked pretty scared, but they put out their arms and helped me try to lift it. It was surprisingly easy, Toby said, "It's quite loose!" It was, and it wasn't heavy either, just awkward. I had to lift it by myself the last foot or so, because I was so much taller than they were, and it hummed and slithered and wobbled in my arms, but I managed to hang on to it until a great shiny claw reached down through the storm and hooked it off me.

"NOW FOR CHANGES," the dragon said.

— From The Merlin Conspiracy, pages 459-460, by Diana Wynne Jones.


FINALLY FINISHED!

I have always wanted to do more fanart for Jones's books, but have rarely got up the nerve. They are so wonderful and awesome in my head, I feel afraid I would spoil them. But at the same time it is really wonderful to really get down and visualize the things that are happening, not just experience them. Although I have to say, experiencing one of her books (reading just doesn't describe the feeling) is pretty darn exciting.

And this is about as exciting as it gets. It is a scene from her 2003 novel The Merlin Conspiracy. The dragon is the White Dragon of England, of course. The boy in the center is Nick, who is one of the narrators of the story. To the left is Grundo, and to the right is Toby. Darting around them are some of the invisible folk, who aren't really that invisible. One of them looks a bit like a Totoro, I just realized. Now how did that happen? >.> Anyway, over on the far left you can see Stonehenge, and on the right there is Gwyn ap Nud on his white mare with the horse-hide standard. You can also see the Count of Blest and one of his Riders in the distance behind him. And in the very foreground is one of those darn salamanders. That is a a bit of a mistake, because I painted it to look like a European Fire Salamander before I remembered that in the book salamanders are magical beings that don't look like any salamanders we have here. Oh well. Besides, by this point I think all the salamanders had run off to hide in Stonehenge anyway, so fa!

Pencils and watercolor on 11"x14" Textured Claybord. Arrt by me, characters and prose © Diana Wynne Jones.

This is part of a series of fanart I will be doing, covering all the items listed under "Fan Of" in my deviantID.

Here is the complete list:
Anime/Manga:
Inu-Yasha
Ranma 1/2
Naruto
Fullmetal Alchemist
Movies:
The Matrix
Books:
The Lord of the Rings
The Chronicles of Narnia
Writers:
Miyazaki Hayao
Ursula K. LeGuin
<strike>Joss Whedon</strike> Neil Gaiman
Patrick O'Brian
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:iconmisuto:
Misuto Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of my favorite books. :) I just finished reading it again. This is a wonderful painting, I just love seeing traditional media. Very lovely!
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GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner May 7, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you!

I would like to revisit Merlin Conspiracy again… but maybe illustrate another scene. I love Mini and Romanov's island!
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GinatheMidget Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
There is not nearly enough Diana Wynne Jones fan art out there for my liking.
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
Me too. I try to fix that whenever I can!

*anime-syle fanart for Howl doesn't count! :C (as nice as it may be!)
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GinatheMidget Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
I have to agree with you there, but then I've never really liked the movie anyways (far too cheesy for me).
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
I liked the movie fine. It's just… wasn't. as. good. as. the. book. Gawwwwd. I have some Howl fanart in my gallery somewhere that I did ages before the movie came out…
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Cilote12 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student Artist
i luved that book ;p
i wish there was more :(
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jeremymlad Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   Digital Artist
Beautiful! One of the best DWJ images on here. So evocative.
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you think so. :thanks:
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NinjaAuthor11 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
I like that!

Nice job!
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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NinjaAuthor11 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
=D

I just finished the book a few days ago. ;D

Nice job.
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009   Traditional Artist
:) Thanks.
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NinjaAuthor11 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
;)
No problem, you deserve it.
You're welcome.
:la:
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Kassis Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
That's great! It looks like in my head ;]
Wonderful colors.
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009   Traditional Artist
=D Thanks so much!
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typhlosion Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Neeeeat.
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009   Traditional Artist
=D =D Thanks!
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Francine-Thitade Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I just finished this book and I love it!
Great piece you've done here, I can't get over the fact that you painted this; it's spectacular!
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009   Traditional Artist
=D Thanks so much!
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:iconfrancine-thitade:
Francine-Thitade Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome =)
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littlegrapefruit Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Wow, absolutely beautiful! Your skills are great! :D It's definitely worth a :+fav:
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   Traditional Artist
=D =D Thanks!
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:icontoasty-fresh:
toasty-fresh Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Love the dynamics of this piece. Absolutely lovely! :heart:
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009   Traditional Artist
=D Thanks so much, it was a challenge getting the White Dragon to fit, but I think I managed it! XD
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chicachubb Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Wonderful painting! I just read the book. It was marvelous, and you captured the flavor of that scene really well.
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008   Traditional Artist
=D Thanks so much, it's one of my favorite books, so I wanted to do it justice.
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shienna89 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
This is definitely one of my favourite books >w<
I just love how you drew the scene. Makes me want to reread the book all over again xD
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008   Traditional Artist
=D Thank you very much, I'm so glad you like it!
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Aideko Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
Wow, that's awesome! I love the colors and all the details. It's so powerful. Very beautiful!
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! =D
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TheLadyGrey Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Student Writer
Lifting the vortex! You didn't go for an easy scene did you? Drawing wind must be difficult.
Way to go! :w00t:
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008   Traditional Artist
It took some tricky planning, but thanks to the magic of White Acrylic Ink everything turned out fine! =D
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sugarauntie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
It definitely does justice to the scene in the book. I like how it's on a diagonal. And the salamander looks extremely pleased to feature so prominently. I like how everything is just dreamy enough that it doesn't interfere with my imagination from reading the story, but at the same time adds in new elements that weren't part of my imagination.

Yay!

:hug: :typerhappy: :ahoy:

-sa
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008   Traditional Artist
:w00t:
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:icongibberish-mullet:
Gibberish-Mullet Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Awesome, I'll have to hunt this book out and read it, sounds interesting
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
It is most excellent.

And still in print, I believe. :)
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:icongibberish-mullet:
Gibberish-Mullet Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
I hope so, I'll go hunting for it
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randomworks Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
oh wow! watercolor! how fantastic! oh, and yes, the picture is nice too, :D.
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
Tee hee, thanks!
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mairwatching Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
That is so incredibly terrific!!!
:winner: :clap: :bounce: :clap: :winner:
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
I've decided to keep it. :3
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inuzrule Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Augh! THIS is the one I haven't read yet! :doh:

:D Great work, per usual. I like the little transparent beasties best! :giggle:

...but DUDE, that dragon has a HUUUUUUGE wingspan! :wow:

Must...read...somehow...

:+fav:
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
Yes, you must! MUUUST!

It is awrsome!!!

:hug: for the fave!~
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Yayster Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! :wow: This one is incredible, AE! I love the angle you've done it from - it's really original and gets you straight into the action! And there's so much attention to detail here - I love the little creatures running away!

Wonderful work as per usual :D
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
=D :love: Thank you so much!
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:iconyayster:
Yayster Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure as always! :glomp:
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Tamakin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Oooh holy crap thats awesome! The angle, the colour, the detail, its just superb! Soooo dramatic and action-packed :D Well done to you!
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:icongoldeenherself:
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! =D
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