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Warm Company by batangbatugan Warm Company by batangbatugan
...She was riding side-saddled, decked in a new coat of fur she had been given by the attendants. They didn’t know that she couldn’t feel the witry chill, that it was she who summoned the icy blasts now and then just to watch them shiver. “You are angry with me.” She hissed. “Why is that?”
“Need I really explain myself to a sorceress as prescient as yourself?”
“You have other more pertinent questions. Answer mine and perhaps I’ll give you an answer to yours.”
Urdul regarded her askance. She did not seem to be teasing…but he was wary of what she did or did not seem—she always only seemed. “We’ve become pawns in your game. You’ve convinced me that manipulation comes effortlessly to you. You’ve done an excellent job of proving that, among other things.”
Again she began her mad grinning. “Can’t take a little teasing, dear Lord Urdul? But hear me, I only wish to aid hidden desires in surfacing. It is torturous to have to keep them in.”
“Well, my desires have been made clear enough to all and sundry…if not overstated.”
“Indeed, but I’m referring to Isobel.” She chuckled when Urdul’s brows lowered together. “If you could only know what it’s like in there…the way I know, the way,” she flicked wrist and long fingers with a flourish, “she knows.” She was leaning over, breathing against his shoulder because he refused to turn towards her. “That soul, that cradle of whispers where moments are splintered into needles of bliss or pain, piercing him perpetually from the inside. Ahh…his memories of you.” Urdul’s horse almost reared when he jolted back the reins. He would have galloped off, but Mergaux had caught hold of the bridle and held his steed steady as she continued her dramatic speech. “They are hidden in a cranny, waiting to be dragged out. I’d like to go there and untangle a string of it—imagine a wisp of secrets—and tie it on his hair for all to see, for him to remember how it had felt to be loved by a body...”


---excerpt from Chapter XIII. Queen’s Cradle of the delightfully twisted tale called Cradle of Whispers by :icondelurianne::heart:

I guess y'all can guess why I chose to draw this scene. And no, it's not Urdul, or even Mergaux(well, she is made of evil:heart:) Full view please!

This is supposed to be my entry to her contest, but then I'm not really qualified to join in the first place^^;... But that never stopped me!:lmao:

And I hope this doesn't stop ya guys from joining! =Delurianne has extended her deadline so please drop by her page, visit her gallery, and enjoy=D
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:iconsteluta95:
steluta95 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Soups are very hard hard I like what ever you luck:)
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:icondreamchronicler:
DreamChronicler Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow this was something great. Not only picture but that story too. Feels like something has finely awaikened inside me. There truly is some spirit in both of those works.
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
Thank you=) Drop on by :icondelurianne: and read the whole(and ongoing) story of Cradle of Whispers. ^_^
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:icondreamchronicler:
DreamChronicler Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Student General Artist
Sir yes sir!
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Clovery Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
Ahh :heart:~ I love this!
I adore your illustration skills.
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
Thank you=) Your avatar is hypnotically cute =D
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:iconshirleys-art-site:
Shirleys-Art-Site Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
Wonderful fantasy excellent~
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
Thanks =)
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:iconcdubbart:
CdubbArt Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
crazy stuff, man. have you done anything professionally?
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Thanks=D I do draw comics for a living =)
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:iconlilithschlangenauge:
LilithSchlangenauge Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
Impressive lineart.
I like as the composition you´ve chosen as also the character design. Your love for detailes is amazing and combined with the art´s atmosphere it expands to a stunning picture.
^^ Great job!
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
Thank you=)
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:icondaverge:
daverge Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
:wow:
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:iconmariaajmd:
MariaAJMD Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Fantastic drawing. Good luck with the contest. :hug:
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Thanks=D Unfortunately I'm actually disqualified in the first place XD
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:iconc4mi:
C4mi Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
the last man has a cnfusing face...^^;
but your lines are awsome as allways! :D
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
well he basically has no face because of the helmet and the chills XD thanks!
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your line art is just amazing. Really. I always look forward to seeing the next one. I don't know what the woman is saying, but it is clear the man is giving her his full undivided attention. I think I'll fave this one. It's just super.
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
Thanks! Read through the comment and you'll find out=D Thanks for the fave!=)
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:iconobri:
obri Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
ang galing galing mo mag ink hehe.. i like your style
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
Thanks, but it's not inked- just pencils^^;
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:iconwitch-girl-pilar:
witch-girl-pilar Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008   Digital Artist
Awesome inking as ever, sir. :worship:
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Thank you, but uh, these are still just pencils as usual ^^
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:iconwitch-girl-pilar:
witch-girl-pilar Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008   Digital Artist
:O

:faint::star:
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:iconteardroptc:
TeardropTC Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
:worship:
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
Thanks!:highfive:
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:iconatanbz:
atanbz Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Walang Kupas!
awesome work dude ;)
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Ey! salamat! hehe ikaw rin man:headbang:
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:iconcaswallon:
caswallon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
This is beautiful! Great job indeed :)
Hehe the rider kinda looks like a character from Jademan Comics :p
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Thanks! Oh, isn't that the martial arts comics back in the 80's...? or is my memory failing me again^^;
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:iconcaswallon:
caswallon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
Yup that's the 80's comic :)
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:iconvaitylos:
Vaitylos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Impressively fluent anatomy as usual...a nicely rendered scene.;)
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Thank you, Mergaux is always weirdly posed as always, but I'm glad that she still looks ok ^^
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narutoaddict Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
wah! so great! so great! sweet job
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Thanks!:w00t:
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:iconnarutoaddict:
narutoaddict Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
np :D
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:iconjasinmartin:
jasinmartin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Professional
Wow, so nice all around.
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:iconnaminia:
Naminia Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Love the horses:) And the details. And... all of it:)
Great job^-^
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Thank you very much=^__^=
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:iconnaminia:
Naminia Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
You're welcome^-^

(Ooh, your =^__^= is my ^-^ as a grown-up...:))
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Goh Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm faving this because I'm a fan of the fantasy genre.
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Thanks for the fave man!=D=D=D
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
great piece. and Urdul's expression says: leave me alone, you vixen! :D
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Haha, dang right! :lol:
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:iconshirleys-art-site:
Shirleys-Art-Site Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Love your style as always~
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Thank you very much =)
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DJWill Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Wow a great pic man ;D
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Thanks, glad you like it =)
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StreyCat Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:worship: demmit!!! Hehehe Wicked sick. :dance:
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:iconbatangbatugan:
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Thanks, well that one horse looks wicked alright;P
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