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Deerskin by LaurasMuse Deerskin by LaurasMuse
Robin McKinley's Deerskin has had a lasting effect on me. I keep thinking about it, and having the urge to create art about it. This is a painting inspired by the most beautiful passages in the book, when the Princess Lissar/Deerskin/Moonwoman is described running in the moonlight with her hounds.

Expect more Deerskin art--possibly a Prince Ossin.

Watercolor, gouache

SPOILER ALERT: Don't read the following comments if you haven't finished the book.
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LunaLovegoodArt7 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
joievalar Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Ob, Pur, Ash… oh dear, why I can't I remember the others??
Amber-Duncan Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this book!! You did an amazing job portraying Lissar and her hounds!! :heart:
swandog Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I REALLY need to read that book! Been admiring (drooling over) the cover art of it for years! Absolutely love this! <333
Scintillating-Turnip Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Beautiful. Lissar looks a little stiff - something about the arms - but her face is extremely expressive and emotional. I adore the way you did the sky, I could practically fall into it! And the dogs, oh my gosh, they're amazing. Absolutely perfect. Do you own hounds? They look so perfect, the way the muscles fit over the bones makes them look so real, you obviously know your way around canine anatomy. The one in the foreground especially, that face! Those ribs! The power in those thighs!

A beautifully composed painting of an emotional and expressive book! :D
LaurasMuse Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I don't own hounds, but I have painted them quite a few times. I still think about that book from time to time. It really resonates with people. :)
Nightfall26 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
This is beautiful work. You did a great job. I loved that book growing up, and I can tell it had a lasting effect on you, because you captured the spirit of Lissar and the hounds so well.
LoveDestructive Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Writer
Deerskin is one of my most beloved and favorite novels. I adore this.
Rburrows Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is wonderful. I had a hard time getting through this book. I felt at first it was too slow, but once you start getting to the end, like you said it has such a great lasting effect on you! I also couldn't get this image of Lissar running through the woods with her hounds, so I was quite happy when I found this! Robin Mckinley has a gift for painting pictures in a readers mind and you've done a great job with this! It's definitely one of my favourites of hers. Wonderful work!
LaurasMuse Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I appreciate your comments.
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