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Iron Khan by puimun Iron Khan by puimun
Medium: Watercolor
Size: 12x17 inches
Closeup details here: [link]
Prints and original here: [link]
Related Blog posts with sketches here: [link] , [link] , and [link]


Cover for Iron Khan by Liz Williams, to be published by Morrigan Books within the next month. The floating city of Agarta in the distance.
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:iconlaosati:
LaoSati Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
A very romantic picture...
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:icontsubaki-chan-san:
Tsubaki-chan-san Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautiful !!
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:iconadonael:
Adonael Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love the colours of the bird and the winged figure is stunning :O
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:iconwolfofdesire:
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist
wow
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:iconxenodraco:
xenodraco Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
What color it the brown of the dunes? Love your work, you have to inspired me to use watercolors again.
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Naples Yellow mostly.
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:iconlunael:
Lunael Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! An amazing cover for a book...
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:iconvampyre-lover:
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
A Stunning Masterpiece!!!
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:iconlonemtnwolf:
Lonemtnwolf Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your artwork is always breathtaking. :)
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:iconwordsmith7:
WordSmith7 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Hello!
I don't know much about art, but I had a question about the composition of this beautiful piece. I would expect the spire of the building to be centered in the middle of the moon, but it isn't (obviously :P). My question is, why? I am only curious, but without the spire centered so that it is directly in the middle of the moon, this has a very different feel (to me anyways).
Just wondering, and nice job :)
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't like to have complete symmetry in my pieces. For a couple of reasons

- If you're going for symmetry, and it's not EXACT, then it is very obvious and achieves the opposite effect that you're going for - which is it that it makes a piece look out of balance.

- I find symmetry to be boring (most of the time). I like the skew and twist that asymmetry provides instead.

- It gives a piece much more flow and helps the composition move, because when something is mirrored and centered, the movement is killed. I wanted movement in this, flowing up from the woman and bird, through the other smaller birds and the city.
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WordSmith7 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Hm, interesting. I can see why you would say that symmetry gets old-and I can see how that would have killed the movement in your piece. I do like symmetry, but I understand that it would not have worked out here.
I'm thinking about taking a drawing course next year, so I thought I might as well ask. :)
Thanks for the response, and I hope your year has been going well.
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconcolin-bentham:
Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
wonderful work :)
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:iconomega-photography:
Omega-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Like something out of a fairytale. Very beautiful!
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DragonTreasureArt Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning composition, detail and colour.
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:icongameragx:
GameraGX Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
your style really reminds me of an old finaly fantasy 10 poster i used to have...very similar indeed.
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stonedragon317 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
the bird is wonderful and all little details are amazing
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:iconmagicmeg8:
magicmeg8 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Another gorgeous piece! I wish I could favorite your whole gallery, lol! Love, love, love all the beautiful peacocks and their range of colors. :+fav:

~Meg
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xxxfashonxxx Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Wow, I like so much. Its amazing...
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love it!
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:iconwaylien:
Waylien Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely and fascinating! Epic watercolor.
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:iconalcea-art:
Alcea-art Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
the colors are very soft

I really love your work
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:iconzutaralover97:
zutaralover97 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've tried doing those cloud effects with salt and rubbing alcohol, but it never works for me. tips would be great!!!

how did you paint the highlights in the birds' feathers? it looks AMAZING!!
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I just paint around them. It's just the white of the paper on the feathers.
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:iconvery-blueberry-pie:
Very-Blueberry-Pie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Magic!
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:iconemu-o-hara:
Emu-O-Hara Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
So poetic as always, beautiful work !
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:iconarquelino:
arquelino Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
A mirage! A beautiful one.
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:iconmyster-web:
Myster-Web Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Absolutely lovely :)
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:icon3-legged-dog:
3-legged-dog Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Beautiful, simply beautiful.
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Faighta Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will always worship your work Puimun. this is beautiful and I hope that book gets to my country so I can buy such an amazing cover.
love the feathers and the contrast with the land.

the castle is just dreamy ao magical and misterious.
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank!
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:iconcindysart:
CindysArt Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work! :clap:
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The composition is stunning :heart:
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:iconbealilian:
BeaLilian Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Like the feeling, I get by watching the flying lady :)
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:iconmissbii:
MissBii Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god - this is GORGEOUS!!!
I love the peacock's blues.. amazing!!
This is a beautiful picture... it definately tells a story. Great job!!
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frenetic-maker Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Stunning-- what beautiful, ethereal shades of blue!!
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:iconzevl:
zevl Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Beautiful and very soft work :clap:
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:iconmangakatt:
Mangakatt Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so beutiful :heart:
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tursiops33 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! I love it!
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:iconlittlelostzombie:
LittleLostZombie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing!!!!
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:iconmerdie:
Merdie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this reminds me of a dream i had the other night... it was about this beautiful peacock just looking at me... beautiful painting :)
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ErufuBoy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Looks Awesome. :3
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:iconlocationcreator:
LocationCreator Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Salt! I love the salt resist sky... is that what I am seeing? I love the watercolor! Nice work. Will now go browse all of your links!
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Not salt. It's just lifting with water.
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:iconlocationcreator:
LocationCreator Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Oh,my! The lifting looks radial and fabulous. Thanks for telling me!
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:iconatomic-dream:
atomic-dream Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Amazing detail on the castle, love the architecture of the castle. Stunning colors on the bird---head-to-back-to-tail sections are all my favorite colors in perfect harmony.
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:iconiolii:
Iolii Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
ok i want to live there. make my reservation =)
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EclecticEcho Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Absolutely beautiful! This is amazing! A perfect fairy tale picture!
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:iconneerai:
neerai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful, as usual
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