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She was beautiful, but she was beautiful in the way a forest fire was beautiful: something to be admired from a distance, but not up close.
And she held her sword, and she smiled like a knife.


A concept art I did of War, the Apocalyptic Horseperson from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's excellent book Good Omens. It's quite a rough sketch but seemed well liked on my artblog so here it is. I took the forest fire metaphor a bit literally... I'd love to draw the rest of the Horsepeople at some point, as well as the other characters, but I'm due for a re-read!

Inspired by the facial features of the beautiful Genevieve Padalecki, who is my dreamcast for this character. I hear there's a miniseries in the (very early) works...!

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Kunstbanane Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're artwork was used here: soundcloud.com/mayumi-yutaka/f…
I credited you of course.
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Commander-Prompt Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
No, but seriously...?
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mit669 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
i love Terry Pratchett. You should do some for discworld
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P.S - great work
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Allons-yEveryone Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Writer

Hi I was wondering if I could please post this artwork on my tumblr blog chat-over-coffee.tumblr.com/ as a creative writing prompt? I would credit you and post a link to your deviantart.

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KchanDatGath Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really amazing. I love the fiery effect! I wish I had a tablet so I could work on drawing things like this. ; u ;
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this-is-a-paradox Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Artist
What is the italicized passage from? It is rather beautiful.
I love your art so much. The face, hair, and colors are so gorgeous. Incredible!!
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converse-enthusiast2 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is a perfect representation of war!  I thought no one still read good omens!
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Nubca3ks Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness as soon as I saw the title and the portrait I knew what the character was! Great job, she looks spot on and your rough style is beautiful.
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InsoLENTinsO Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
I knew it when I first saw the Thumbnail that it was Scarlet from Good Omens. Which says a lot about my esteem for you as an artist.
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ArtsyVana Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   General Artist
very nice! :D 
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MissMoonriver Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Looks lika a female phoenix as a person...i love it <3
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quinlanchic57 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Idk if anyone has said this but this looks a lot like rachelle lafeverre or however you spell it. Victoria from the first two twilights! Just something I noticed and thought was cool! Besides that this is absolutely stunning. Like honestly breathtaking. I'd saw off my left hand to have an eighth of your talent and I'm an art student who honestly
Is pretty good. Your just like.... YOUR DAVID TENNANT STATUS AND IM LIKE JACKIE TYLER. That's how good you are.
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AegonTheConqueror1 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
This is what Melisande(red lady/priest) looks like in my head
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kefiramasbolle Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Your drawing is the BOMB!~
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lolabunny613 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looove
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LogicinWonderland Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
This is beautiful! No like seriously, gorgeous!
(and honestly, while I loved the book, I feel like I wouldn't really want a movie version too much because a whole lot of the humor lies in the writing and isn't spoken, and the writing really makes it clever. I feel like a dramatisation would be cool, but it really wouldn't do the book justice)
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BlackSheep6 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my dear God I can't stop staring! :omfg: She's so beautiful! 
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b13visuals Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning!
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Bea-Voyager Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Love this and your choice of Genevieve Padalecki is perfect :heart:
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nizatti Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Heart
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Kirps Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
war looks like a young Julia Roberts  :iconlolwutplz:
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Mojo-Smileyface Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow this is amazing!I love of her hair is like flames! :)
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tessa4121 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Stunning! Love the book and this picture is so perfect.
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CGrenade Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
holy crap i wish i was this talented all your work is incredible
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seline-bennet Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Fantastic work. I thought she looked a bit like Rachelle Lefevre :)
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SaffronFlames Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
She looks like Victoria from Twilight! OMG, your art is so amazing!
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
i saw the title, i looked at the picture and i thought to myself "please, be a portrait of Pratchett's war"

and it was. thank you!
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asahitori Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She makes me think of Boudicca for some reason ...
And your drawing is absolutely amazing, as usual ^^
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waikar3d Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awesome
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PhaeOBrien Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your incredibly stunning artwork has been featured here! :D [link]
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Xileph Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When I saw the title of this picture I thought "I hope it's the character from Good Omens" and it was! An awesome book and an awesome painting!
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izclark Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
never even heard of the book but i am blown away by how much the image fits the description. she is beautiful, too... stunning.
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Netrixie Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Every time I see this I fall more and more in love with it, so I thought I'd just let you know <3. Love it :)
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Kimmilichan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An amazing painting of an awesome character in a wonderful book!
*instant fav*
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waikar3d Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice one
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NoIWiki Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
'Smile like a knife': perfectly captured.
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savannagrey Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It says a lot to your illustration (and apparently casting) ability that I saw this picture with the title "War" and immediately knew it was from Good Omens.
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capsize-beautiful Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I read that fairly recently, and recognized her before i even read your description. Very nice. :)
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kelo123 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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Glimmerhutcherson Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Wow, you're the best artist I've seen online. Why can't we study your art at school instead of the same cynic post-war painters...
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Tinyfeather Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stumbled upon a 5-year-old picture you drew and i'm simply amazed by the progress you've made. you were good then, but incredible now. this picture is beautiful.
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infinitelogan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
"doodles & ect" pffft. this is AMAZING.
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opheliasroom Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I love the colors and your work is simply stunning :) Best portrait of War I've ever seen!
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tigi86 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
one of my favourite books - and I really like your vision:-)
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askaniblue Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
She's perfect.
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SarahMander3000 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the fire hair. AMAZING!!!!
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Damjanoski Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
favourite :)
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Tivitibei Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Wow, for a second there I thought this was Phoenix (Jean Grey) nice job though
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nemain96 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so epic. That book is amazing!
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Ninjabunnyofdoom Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Mmm i can see the inspirations for this piece and think it looks quite stunning. I really like this style that you used.
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