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storybook illustration by Asfahani storybook illustration by Asfahani
A random fantasy sketch just for pleasure. :)

I draw this on 11.69 × 16.54 inches (a little bit bigger) trying to depict a lot of little details (plants and ornamentation). Unfortunately my scanner did a bad job (or it's me when editing?)... so much of the soft shades vanished... :(

I used a HB pencil size O,5, a 8B pencil, a lot of little erasers and one Q-Tip.

Have fun, Asfahani

All about commissions: [link] :)
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:iconnepfreak:
NepFreak Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
love the detail, how long did it take to complete this?
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:iconasfahani:
Asfahani Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you - well, it took ages. XD Can't tell exactly but most of the details got eaten by my scanner, so...
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:iconandrea-christen:
Andrea-Christen Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is so pretty! and I likee the dreamlike quality too,very nice work :D
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:iconkeltobin:
Keltobin Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Writer
This is incredible!  I love it!
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:icongokor-a:
Gokor-A Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!!
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:iconr-ico:
R-ico Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is really beautiful.
I like the layout of the characters, and really really good job on the details!
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:iconmightymilly:
MightyMilly Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
this is so so beautiful, the shading, the details, everything
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:iconcygam-7:
Cygam-7 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow what amazing detail and shading! Epic work :D
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:iconborilzaf:
BorilZaf Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
fantastic work!
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:iconkenywhp:
kenywhp Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job! I really love it.
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:iconsan-t:
San-T Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It looks amazing and I love all the details, well done!
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:iconkairu-2ri:
KAIRU-2RI Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Still looks amazing though, Im surprised you say this is just a random sketch for pleasure...
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:iconkitanokata:
Kitanokata Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist
Awesome! Just incredibly awesome! It looks so real that I almost expect the dragon to jump out of the picture.
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TheDLT4YOU Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice detail work
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:icontwilight-girl22:
twilight-girl22 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!! OMG It's really an awesome sketch too!!! :O
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
The best of october in illustration category in :iconparadiseofartists: You're featured in our blog: [link] and in our gallery: [link]

CONGRATULATIONS! :icongrin--plz:
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Yay! I’m very glad to announce you that your artwork has been chosen to be amongst the best deviations :iconwinner-plz: submitted to our :iconforeverartgroup: in the month of September 2012. You can check it out here: Featured & here: Hall Of Fame ( 29 - September 2012 ). :clap: P.S. Please, don’t forget to show us some love :heart: by :+fav:ing the Blog. :thanks: If you had seen this Blog faster than we got to announce it to you, even better! :thumbsup:
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
:wave:
This amazing work has been featured in my journal: [link]
:huggle:
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:iconasfahani:
Asfahani Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I feel honoured! :tighthug:
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
:hug:
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:iconpookagonerabid:
PookaGoneRabid Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
makes me think of saint george and the dragon
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:iconsilvergabetha834:
silvergabetha834 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow! The rich detail in this is so fantastic! I love it!
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:iconveboshi:
Veboshi Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Altough the scanner did a bad job, I can "feel" the soft shades on this picture. =)
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:icondolphinsilverwolf:
DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
"Dammit, stop eating my sword!"
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:iconrurrrb:
Rurrrb Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Holy crap this is awesome
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:iconartbybluedaisy:
artbybluedaisy Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In person I'm sure this is breath-taking. My scanner never picks up fine pencil details when they are low-contrast - which sometimes you need to create depth. Someone is really gonna enjoy owning this! :) I love what details I can see.
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What-about-chris Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
great work
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:icontimcoster:
TimCoster Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Brilliant picture! I really don't like fantasy anymore..but this reminds me that it's probably because of all the crappy fantasy picture's that are made.. This picture totally makes me love it again. Well done!
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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:iconwhitedevil26:
whitedevil26 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
great details!
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:iconkarinamacgill:
KarinaMacGill Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd love to see a storybook with pictures like this! You have a very elegant style!
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:iconarminozdic:
ArminOzdic Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
really like this one!You did good job!
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:iconchristine-muraton:
Christine-Muraton Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
wow, your drawing style is so fitting
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:icondonjaun:
DonJaun Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Sweet detail! Great work :)
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:iconceresta:
Ceresta Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, das ist wirklich beeindruckend!:faint:
Die ganzen Strukturen und feinen Details sind echt irre! Mir gefällt seine Rüstung total gut und auch das Design vom Drachen wirkt durch die vielen Feinheiten richtig elegant und edel. Du kannst echt super mit Bleistiftstrukturen umgehen und erzeugst damit tolle Kontraste. Ich bin mal wieder sehr von deiner Arbeit begeistert, immer weiter so!:heart:
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star500 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
That looks like a book I would want to read.
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:iconclare-dragonfly:
Clare-Dragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Very cool! It would definitely look great in a storybook--reminds me of King Arthur's knights, actually.
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:iconkittenorange:
KittenOrange Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful, with so much detail. Love it. :heart:
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:iconmabusthedark:
MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The sheer amount of fantasy badassery in this one is simply astounding. Do you have other art such as this? :)
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:iconasfahani:
Asfahani Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've tried this style for the first time here. :)
But maybe I'll do more since people like it.
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:iconmabusthedark:
MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds fantastic. ^.^
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:icontyless:
Tyless Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So lovely! I love how he just looks so unconcerned :)
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Gorgeous work :clap:
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BigRob1031 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
beautiful!
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:icondr-aim:
Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student General Artist
that looks real fine ! can't unsee the long face though, but wow, the details, awesome.
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:iconzireael07:
Zireael07 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love the poses.
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:iconnear000:
near000 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great!
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:iconcygam-7:
Cygam-7 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow this is beautiful, the detail is astounding, Wonderful job :D
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:iconlsd-dreams:
LSD-Dreams Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I hate when the scanner does that :( But this still looks amazing online! It's probably even better in person
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:iconzichonilpindi:
zichonilpindi Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! The details and the shadow superb! Thumbs up! :)
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