"Keeper of The Fire" (for all my friends) by Heathcroft ()
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Today's post is for all my friends, especially to brewgirlca, a swiftly developing fantasy artist and writer, and to Steff_7, an extremely talented Sci-fi fantasy artist. With other friends here, they been very supportive recently, and I would like to thank everyone for the numerous site mails I have received.
Anyway, I had better let Count Tyrannus tell you about it in his 50th Castle Chronicle - I can hear him scratching at the door...
" My Children, how I have missed you all, your shining eyes, your eager demeanour. My artist slave was pretending to be inconvenienced with some story about his arm not functioning. If he gives me any more trouble I will send him for Correction Therapy... then, maybe not, for some reason the slaves seem to enjoy it. Hmmm, I will think of something more suitable..
I digress. Due to the inconvenience, I had to stay awake way past the recent full moon and the Castle slaves know how much this tires me these days. I shed a further digit or two clawing my way out of my oaken coffin this month as Seaglemus, my manservant, did not come to my aid.
As the rats fought over the disconnected digits with disgusting squeals of glee, I somehow found the strength to summon the Castle Pilots Digby and Barnabus and gave them instructions to fly in the Good Doctor Cannibal Spectre to tend to my afflicted appendages.
The Good Doctor inferred on his last visit (having quaffed a full jug of vintage port) that he may try grafting some new fingers onto my withered hand using some 'spares' harvested from the slaves who await their fate in the cells below the Castle kitchens. (After all they won't miss them soon and there's not much meat on their scraggy bones so I surely won't at the coming feast.) And time permitting, I may let him look at my artist slave's condition. He does complain so, the whining wretch!
But I digress....
In the deepest bowels of the Castle, there is a large furnace that is kept at white heat to make the fearsome weapons that the beautiful She'ba tempers on her iron forge
The furnace area is tended by one of my many fine Warrior Maidens, many of whom you have already met. The Warrior Princess Ge'zeabah is impervious to the roaring flames, although the more preceptive of you (who like to zoom in to the bigger picture) may notice that she does come out in a rather fetching sheen when exposed to the heat.
Actually, many of the Castle slaves and soldiers have noticed this lithe and comely maiden of the flames, and I am never short of volunteers to carry the heavy buckets of coal down the many stone stairs to keep the furnace stoked. Some, sadly, never return and their skulls turn up later in the cinders and ashes. But I expect their trip was worthwhile prior to their untimely demise...
When not tending to the furnace, the delightful Ge'zeabah joins the other Warrior Maidens in times of war, battle practice, or simply to disport her finely turned and lissome limbs in simple pursuits, such as Castle Volleyball on the Castle Ward. How I encourage these delightful pastimes!
My apologies, My Friends, I do get distracted at my age. To crave your pardon, I had that truanting slave prepare a picture of the fair Ge'zeaba tending her furnace, and today you may see it! "
All comments welcome! Thanks for dropping by!
Image Comments (127)
sylki () 6:00AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
WOWZA!!!! She brings a whole new meaning to the phase "She is soooo hot":-) Fantastic work, fabulous model!!! Brilliant post work too!! I'm glad you are feeling a bit better and you are hopefully on the road to a full recovery!! Hugs
Antonio57 () 6:14AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
Fantastique et magnifique dessin!!!!Belle guerrière!!!!! (dans mes favoris)
NekhbetSun () 6:16AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
This is sensational, Dave, and hope you're doing better !!! Big Hugzzzz ~
DreamRage () 6:26AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
Very good use of effects in this and a great character too, impressive image!
kaleya () 6:55AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
I love it! Glad to see you back posting art Dave! This is beautiful! I love the flame effects and the way her skin looks sweaty. Its perfect.
magnus073 () 7:08AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
Dave this is such a surprise and pleasure to see you post and I hope your recovering still. This is another great image my friend with super effects that literally explode off of the screen
PapaSkip () 7:11AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
Very nice! Great color and pose .. excellent work on this!
Minda () 7:12AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
wow!!stunning image great effects and pose..really excellent work..glad you are feeling better..
tuxedomask () 7:44AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
Beautiful work .The realism in your character is exceptional.
Chaosphoto () 7:45AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
Nice job Dave, good to see your imagination didn't suffer :). Get better soon OK !! :)
huismus () 7:48AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
Thank you Dave! I am glad you are back, take care though. What a lot of work you put in your stories and art, it's wonderful. Beautiful artwork my friend!
southernamazon1957 () 7:56AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
She is awesome! I love her face and to coin a phrase like everyone else has.... she is so hot! Karen :)
capelito () 9:12AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
Fantastic flames and colors. Excellent pose and character. Excellent work.
delbeke () 9:17AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
A firey wench she is. Something tells me she keeps things warm and toasty around the ole castle. excellent work and as always wonderful story! :o)
barryjeffer () 9:54AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
Awesome Dave, glad to see you back. Hope you're doing better... This is sensational Image and wonderful dedication. Be Well My Friend, seth
Faemike55 () 10:02AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
Great scene Dave and wonderful story. glad to see you're back at the rendering and story telling. Don't push yourself too hard, but keep up the great work! Mike
brewgirlca () 10:05AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
Wooohooo.... you promised me chics, flames and skulls and you delivered big time. That flaming pain in your wrist must have been exorcised into this picture because it is totally hot! Amazing fire works, you totally humble me. And her sweating skin is marvelously crafted. But her hair is that of a Goddess, it looks in part like it is feathers... did you paint in some of it? And so well balanced left and right. That is the hands of a master. And the story... well that to is just amazing. You are truely a gentleman and a scholar, and that is the highest accord that I can give. Thank you so much for this awesome dedication.
Heathcroft () 10:12AM | Wed, 22 October 2008
Roxy- thanks a lot- yes I painted in some of her hair here and applied dodge and burn too. Also I masked off her hair in Photoshop so when I applied screen and soft layers (which I always do) you don't get that 'ghosting on the fine strands, especially when using gaussian blur on the soft layer. Dave