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Ayla by Celepsi Ayla by Celepsi
"A chilling wash of fear crawled up Attaroa's scalp, the sensation of her hair rising, but the cold tingling terror that she felt at that moment had little to do with anything so material as spears. The apparition she saw was not a woman; of that she was certain. In a moment of sudden lucidity, she knew the full and unspeakable atrocity of her heinous acts, and she saw the figure coming across the field as one of the spirit forms of the Mother, a munai, this one an avenging spirit sent to exact retribution. In her heart, Attaroa almost welcomes Her; it would be a relief to have the nightmare of this life ended.

The headwoman was not alone in fearing the strange woman-horse. Jondalar had tried to tell them, but no one had believed him. No one had ever conceived of a human riding a horse; even seeing it, it was hard to believe. Ayla's sudden appearance stuck each person individually. For some she was only intimidating because of the strangeness of a woman on horseback and their fear of the unknown; others looked upon her uncanny entrance as a sign of other-worldly power and were filled with foreboding. Many of them saw her as Attaroa did: their own personal nemesis, a reflection of their own consciences about their wrong-doings. Encouraged or forced by Attaroa, more than one had committed appalling brutalities, or allowed and abetted them, for which, in the quiet moments of the night, they felt deep shame or fear of retribution."

This is an excerpt from the book Plains of Passage by Jean M Auel, fourth in the Earth's Children series of books. The book is about a Cro-Magnon girl, in prehistoric Europe during the Ice Age. I found this scene particularly strong, and I tried to recreate that feeling, but I don't think I was able to do it. Still, this was fun to make!
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MismeretMonk Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I love this picture. The horse looks really accurate. Ayla's clothes look very modern to me, but I haven't read Plains of Passage yet.
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bigreader Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is AMAZING. The excerpt really added to it as well. I definitely think you were successful in trying to recreate the feeling. Her eyes especially speak to me. Everything about this is just wonderful. You don't find a whole lot of well drawn fan art from the series and I'm delighted to see this. I love Whinney and the sling! It's just perfect! Amazing amazing amazing.
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Celepsi Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Such a lovely comment :D yeah I was surprised I couldn't find much fan art because it is a quite popular series!
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Meme00 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist
wow, this is some the most amazing art of earths children series i have ever seen !
so beuatiful!
i love how you have captured that moment!
that is one of my favourite moments, ciz Ayla saves her dear Jondalar, how cute! and about time XD
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Celepsi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! Yeah there are some amazing scenes in the Earth's Children series, and Jean Auel's descriptions paint a picture all of their own!
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Meme00 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist
yes, it doesn`t feel primitive, it feels like a society today, and you get a very detailed picture in your head whil you read it.
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NeriSiren Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Beautiful background, and I love how you captured Whinney! A great scene overall.
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Celepsi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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taiyou-tsuki-hoshi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty fantastic. I mean, I don't think there's anything I can say to "improve" it any other than I think Whinney needs to be a little larger. She's supposed to be large and stocky. But otherwise her body is quite proportional with itself and Ayla's body is quite proportional as well. And the background is just amazing. Keep up the awesome work! :)
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Celepsi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah I wasn't too sure what Whinney's true breed would have been, but yeah you're right she would have been much stockier than that!
Thank you very much!
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