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Kvothe and Denna - The Name of the Wind by ClaireAdele Kvothe and Denna - The Name of the Wind by ClaireAdele
Kvothe and Denna from "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. These books are absolutely beautiful hence why I wanted to illustrate it.

This was also part of a university life drawing module so I thought it would be a good chance to practice plants and stuff as I don't usually draw much apart from people.

*EDIT*
I have improved the pond, the anatomy and face of Denna and tweaked various other areas for the better. I am much happier with it now - it was embarassingly bad before, now I think I can live with it xD If you want to see the old horrible version it will be in scraps.
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LuaHolmes Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
loved it!!
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! ^_^ 
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Avisae Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible. Denna and Kvothe feel like intruders though, because the background is just too beautiful for words.
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
That just made me "Awwwww" out loud! Thank you that's a wonderful thing to hear :)
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hlbarnes09 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
we just shared your art on www.facebook/eoliantavern ! You should LIKE us on facebook! :)
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much - nice page!
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QueenofCards Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
This is the first picture of Denna where she is exactly like I pictured her
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I am very happy to hear that! Thank you for the fav im glad you like it :)
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QueenofCards Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
you're very welcome
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Mint22 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
I really like this :)
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks ^_^
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ilufa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome, thank you! ^_^
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JadedEmpress Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Best Kvothe/Denna I've seen on Deviant Art. I like the fact that the pond is the main focus in this. ^^
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow thanks so much! Yeah the pond was very emphasised in the text and stuck in my mind, unfortunately it looks nothing like i pictured but never mind xD Im glad you like it :)
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KejaBlank Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great picture.
A little critique: The main view is the pond, not Kvothe and Denna! What are they looking out?
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :P

I wanted it to be about the setting as a whole instead of just kvothe and denna, as in the scene in the book there is a very calm, peaceful feel where they are happy to just be near eachother looking at the stars above, which are reflected in the still waters around them.
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kenyawright Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
This is one of my favorite books! Awesome depiction!
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Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student General Artist
The background is absolutely gorgeous. I like how you've shown one of the breaks in their conversation, just a quiet moment of peace beneath the stars...
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Although i am still not happy with their faces..what do you think? constructive criticism will be helpful so please be honest :)
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Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem! :)

Your skills are so far above mine it's not even funny, but I'll give it a shot. ^^; I warn you; I am not a very concise person, so be prepared for a bit of rambling...

The faces look good, but seem... inexpressive? Kvothe's is facing away, so not much to say there. But Denna's doesn't have have much purpose or direction. There's no cant of the head, slightly raised or drawn eyebrows... If anything she looks like she's listening to a teacher. I love the direction and slight wistfulness her eyes have, perhaps have the rest of her face reflect that upwards tilt by raising the part of the eyebrows closest to her nose a bit? That would make the slight smile she has show up more when it's not fighting against their downward/neutral tilt. Maybe. ^^;

As far as the shape goes, looks good to me! :) Kvothe's profile looks good, so does Denna's. Her left cheekbone, the one closest to us, looks like it's maybe just slightly too low compared to the other, but I'm not sure.

...Looking at this for a longer time, I find I absolutely love how her face shines out of the picture, bright and clear. Are we perhaps seeing through Kvothe's eyes? :D Only thing color wise is that her face seems to have less blue tones and shadows than her arms.

...I hope something in that is useful. ^^; I could shorten it so much and say, "The faces are slightly bland, and the lighting difference shows a bit where you've reworked it." But if I'm going to pretend to have good advice, I should actually make it advice and not seeming criticism, right? :XD: Again, this is a wonderful piece. I wish I could make something even half as vibrant and complete.
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks that is very helpful indeed!

I knew there was a problem with her, but because I have been fussing over it for so long it is difficult to look at it objectively now. It is good to get someone with fresh eyes to have a crack at it xD So thank you for clearing all that up, within a week or so I should have edited it and fingers crossed it will look more finished.
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Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student General Artist
:)
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Minzetee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I like it very much! I love your Denna, although she looks a bit like an old lady, lol :)
It is really good!
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yus i see what you mean, her face has been bothering me too it will have to be changed soon!! I think its the lines..they are too deep.

But thanks very much im glad you like it! :)
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Oniegiri Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
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Very beautiful work. :)
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! & that's a great site you got going there! ^_^
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Oniegiri Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Thanks! :D
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sgtcampsalot Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
This was one of my favorite scenes in the first book. You may not love how it came out, but it really does capture the scene for me!
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much that means a lot! Yes me too, I almost felt like it was too magical to draw as I knew it would never look as wonderful as I imagined it!
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Qsal Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Nice job on the plants, I also like the lighting on the stones.
Keep the illustrations coming!
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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Sahilee Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the book and your picture is amazing! :love:
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks happy you like t!
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Sahilee Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're more than welcome!
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choclatecruncher16 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student General Artist
I really like the environment their in here.
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ClaireAdele Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks ^_^
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