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Kushiel: Phedre's Marque by justira Kushiel: Phedre's Marque by justira
This is more or less how I envision Phedre's marque from the Kushiel's Legacy series. I drew upon several ideas for this design I'd seen, mostly the one on the cover of the books and one that was deemed "official" and dispalyed on the author's site for a bit. Although lately I'm not liking this design very much, so I might redo this. That, and the blood droplets suck.

For those of you unfamiliar with the series, I first of all urge you to read it [link]. It's a brilliant work of historical fantasy, and if you like fantasy, history, linguistics, weird psychology and/or sex, you'll love these books. Mind you, the sex is extremely tasteful, though there's rather a lot of it, seeing as the books are about a courtesan. Never fear, though -- the sex scenes are less about the sex and more about the characters' reactions to it.

Secondly, a short explanation. This is supposed to be a tattoo that spans the length of the main character's back, starting at the nape and ending around the tailbone (that' how I interpret it, at least, though I'm pretty damn sure the full-length is canon). It's a briar rose with blood droplets.
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picklepeckle Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Would you mind if I got a slightly adapted version of this for a tattoo? I really want a briar rose twined around my lower left leg and this is fantastic. Added to that, I love the Kushiel's Dart series, so that would be an added reason for me to use this design.
JillyKaren Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
I think this is lovely.
LadyNiah8504 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Wow, I'm speechless about this. I got into the books about a year ago, and this is friggin awesome!!!
toxicpunkchick Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
i LOVE these books! ive read them so many times...
ushiyasha Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks great :)
I have listened to all the audiobooks, they were amazing :D I am so excited for Naamah's blessing
Laeoukka Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you drawn Alcuin's marque? I'm curious to see if others envision it the same way I do.
martynha Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
it's beautiful!!!
can you tell me the meaning of that tattoo? what does it represent?
TenebraDomina Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
I'm readind the first book right now.
This marque is rapresented (I'm not sure that this word really exist - I'm Italian) very well, and it's so similar in my fantasy
UnconsciousBeauty Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
This is absolutely beautful! Although I have not read the books, I will be immediately. Sounds right up my alley. I was looking for some artwork with a sleeping beauty inspiration, and it's just perfect. You seem so gracious to everyone inspired by this, do you mind if I cut it down a bit and use this for my text tattoo? I feel I must have your permission. TIA!
justira Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Dang, I am SO sorry it took me forever to get back to you! Life's been pretty hectic, and DA pretty low on my priorities =(

Now that I'm here -- yes! Feel free to use it! If you post any pictures, I would love to see them =)
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