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Godric the Kingslayer by ceruleanvii Godric the Kingslayer by ceruleanvii
A version of a book cover I did for the 2nd book in Jayden Wood's Sons of Mercia series, "Godric the Kingslayer".

"Godric is the bastard son of one of the greatest traitors in England's history, Eadric Streona. Outcast and orphaned at a young age, Godric finds protection in the arms of a Jomsviking named Thorkell the Tall. Godric trains among the Vikings and watches as his father's killer, Canute the Great, gains power beyond England and the Baltic Seas. Keeping his true identity a secret, Godric reenters the royal court and attempts to gain King Canute's trust. He serves his greatest enemy so that he may understand why his father died and avenge him to the fullest. But will King Canute's death be enough to fulfill him?"

You can find more info about the books here:

[link]

Painted with Photoshop CS2 and my trusty Wacom, as always -
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NonieR Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Oh, NICE!
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evix77 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think he should have more expression in his face, but it's hardly anything big seeing as how you have done such beautiful work on the colors and look of the texture. His hair looks amazing with the different colors in it. But the foggy background is what makes him stand out and I love it. Great job!

~den den :kitty:
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ancient-warrior Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Great hero !
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whuffie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011   General Artist
You are one of the people who inspired me to try painting digitally. I saw your work a few years ago on a random browse and remembered "Secret Jedi." It impressed me so much that it stuck with me literally for years. I came back to look for you and found your art again. I then noticed that you paint with PS C2, which gave me hope. I saw such amazing work done with a program which many people would scoff as outdated compared to the most recent release. Your results speak for themselves. A pencil is just a pencil if you're filling out a grocery list or jotting down a phone number. In the hands of an artist, however, it becomes a thing of wonder. The same can be said about C2 and your art. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the comments! I'm so glad to have inspired someone to take up digital painting - it's been a love of mine for a long time and I love to share what I know.
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JizneDar Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
wow! It's really cooland impressive!
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BlueIrisFlower Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student General Artist
He remind me of someone I know, also the shape of his hands & arms.. xD
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nathie Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yum! :heart: Love the clothing design, and the story does sound intriguing. I need to check out if they are available in epubformat too. :)
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storykween Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks for the interest, Nathie! This is the author (and also one of your fans). The first book in the series is available in ebook format here: [link] or here: [link] . I'll send you a note.
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Kath-13 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! AMazing - love the attention to detail and the guy is a real cutie. Wonderful book cover!
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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jascorpio9 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Excellent and beautiful work!!!
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconjascorpio9:
jascorpio9 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
You're welcome =D
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:iconlouly:
louly Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Looks wonderful! Love the trees and the great details in the axe and bracelet. And of course the guy :)
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:) thanks very much!
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0Snow-White0 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!! :love:
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is fantastic! You always paint the best guy images! hehe Love how he is posed and all the intricate detail on his tunic. I especially love how you have illuminated the scene. The light is awesome and truly gives the image a wonderful eerie feel! Awesome work and a perfect book cover! :icondragonnod1:
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! I had a lot of fun painting the foggy woods, a good exercise.
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Your most welcome! I always enjoy viewing your beautiful work! Thanks for sharing! :iconflowerthnxplz:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice drawing, this time I thought it was one of *nathie's :lol: The details etched into the axe are a nice touch :)
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I guess he does look a bit like one of nathie's dark haired warriors - I don't do a lot of guys like this, but this is what he looked like in the book. It was a fun change from my usual!
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alisa Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
hi very cool & keep :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D.....bye
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KakashiMorph Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Lovely texture on the hair. :)
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks - I loved doing that part!
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AutumnEmbers Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the textures and details. =)
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:) thanks!
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Krismas83 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice to see you back!, I like this piece. skintones are great and I love how the backgroung gives off that whole cold type/foggy moring feel :). Diggin' the details of the axe and bracer as well
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah been awhile since I've posted anything new - this one took a lot of time. How are you doing?
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Krismas83 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome. I'm excited about school only two semesters left yay!How long did it take you?
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Speak softly and carry a big ax, I always say...jaunty eyepatch too! :XD: Tasty long-haired guy is tasty.
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:) Thanks!
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sandra30 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
beautiful
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JaneDoe91 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Beautiful.
I like the details of the axe.
And i like the fact that he scares me of but also atract me with his blue eye and his peacefull look.

--
See the path cut by the moon, for you to walk on.
Pearl Jam
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
scary but hot is always good :)
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JaneDoe91 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Jeeh thats really true :D
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Philluppus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011   General Artist
oow, wonderfull painting,
hope one day i can paint like you do,
really awesome,

Phill
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Ilora24 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
magnific work! :lol:
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