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Lena's Tempest by wylielise Lena's Tempest by wylielise
A tempest of bright magic, stirred up by the wings of a hundred birds.
More art: www.wyliebeckert.com

UPDATE: Thrilled to announce that this piece took first place in the Beautiful Creatures contest! The authors of Beautiful Creatures even took the time to pass along a few words on the piece:

"We each chose this piece for the Grand Prize without even discussing it; We found it to be true to the Lena of our novels as well as the film. We noted the charm necklace, the Chucks, the 'Caster breeze' in the dynamic, curling hair, and the 'naturalist' element with the doves. Well done!"

Many thanks to Ms. Garcia & Ms. Stohl - I thought long and hard about how to portray the character, and it was awesome to hear that my illustration matched their own vision for Lena!

To all those who have asked about the medium: It's pencil and white charcoal on tinted charcoal paper, scanned & colored in Photoshop. You can see a progress pic of the pencil art over at my sketchblog, link below:

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:iconxxcyanidelollipopxx:
xXCyanideLollipopXx Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Student
There is so much movement in this piece! I love the detail on the birds!
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:iconerinsi:
Erinsi Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student
Oh wow, it's really wonderful job! I love it!
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:iconakyura44:
Akyura44 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Fantastic! :dummy:
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:iconkylekiller:
kylekiller Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Writer
Wow, this outfit is taken right out of the book, too. Looks like someone knows their stuff! :) Fantastic series, love how you portrayed Lena.
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:iconpassin:
Passin Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Congratulations. This is great
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:iconaviferra:
aviFerra Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Thats so cool!
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:iconpeachiepaws:
PeachiePaws Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad you won. This piece speaks on so many levels. Maybe even more that the literature. Beautiful work, and fan for life! <3
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:icontarzok:
Tarzok Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
:clap::clap::clap:
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:icondavidadhinaryalojaya:
DavidAdhinaryaLojaya Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I love the composition <3
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:iconartismiaclaire:
artismiaclaire Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i loved it so much and still do <3
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:iconalexandra815:
Alexandra815 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
I love all of the colors used and the way her hands are bent .Amazing
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:iconsashashvan:
SashaShvan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Interface Designer
You have a very beautiful and interesting work
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:iconcinemajack:
cinemajack Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Amazing!
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:iconandaelentari:
Andaelentari Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
featured! : [link] :hug:
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:iconwylielise:
wylielise Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional
Thanks for the feature!
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:iconandaelentari:
Andaelentari Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome :)
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
congrats!!!!!
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
love the bird skirt
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:iconitsafreeworld:
ItsAFreeWorld Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Great work. Love the colors and the attitude :D
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:iconcrystalcrys:
CrystalCrys Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
This picture got my attention for its fluidity and careful lightning, even though I have never heard of Beautiful Creatures before. This is truly beautiful and charming ;)
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:iconxadorkablexdorkx:
xAdorkablexDorkx Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You definitely deserved first place, this is beautiful. :D
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:iconazari13:
Azari13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Very brilliantly done. This is a gorgeous work of art and definitely deserved 1st place. Congrats!
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:iconemmi-kat:
Emmi-Kat Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What happens when she runs out of skirt?:XD:
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:iconflyler:
Flyler Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome. I love the Charcoal paper texture.
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:iconlothairebeaumont:
lothairebeaumont Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is terrific - thinking about it after a month..
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:iconwylielise:
wylielise Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional
Thank you - I'm glad it's stuck with you this long :)
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:iconlothairebeaumont:
lothairebeaumont Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you would enter the Lara Croft contest and I would definitely be waiting to see your entry :)
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:iconlothairebeaumont:
lothairebeaumont Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous - no wonder you won, you deserved it!! :)
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wylielise Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional
Thank you!
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xXRoseBulletXx Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
o my goodness this is perfect
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:iconmelancholy-minds:
Melancholy-Minds Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Congratulations! Definitely well-deserved.
The sweeping motions in this piece as well as the gradual morphing of those birds is stunning.
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:iconoutsidelogic:
outsidelogic Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations on a very well-deserved win! I'm just going to study this picture because it is absolutely brilliant in every way. You draw the way I would like to draw someday...
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TaffyJ854 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
congrats. You really deserved the award. I love this pic
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:iconballoonbear:
BalloonBear Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
congrats on winning! This is so brilliant!
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:iconcocolox:
Cocolox Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
congratulations on winning! i loved the book so much and this is just so beautiful and i love the concept. you really deserved to win! :meow:
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Congrats on a very well deserved win!
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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is charming.
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:iconblue-bones:
blue-bones Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist
congratulations to you, well done, you deserve it :heart:
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:iconmugourth:
MugoUrth Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
So, what exactly is going on? Is she summoning the birds, or only the ones from her cape?

Whatever the case, congratulations.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Congratulations! :clap:
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:iconbirdsivu:
birdsivu Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, so beautiful. Glad this one won 1st Place, so deserved! Congratulations!
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:iconpurplenothing:
purplenothing Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have a Beautiful Talent!
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:iconinpbo:
InPBo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
YOU FREAKKING WON ^^^CONGRATULATIONS ITS VERY WELL DONE AND YOU REALLY DESERVE TO WIN ^^
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:iconallyalltheway:
allyalltheway Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
congrats on winning! -=D you deserve it!
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:iconbrendensteel:
brendensteel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on winning! :)
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:iconiwantsleep:
IWantSleep Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Congratulations! Your artwork is amazing
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:icontaniathepirate:
taniathepirate Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
congrats on winning the contest! i am so happy for you! your work is amazing!
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artismiaclaire Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
congratzzz :D
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:icondannawi:
dannawi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all the details are breath taking.... it deserves to win and congrats :-)
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:iconbluespottedfrog:
bluespottedfrog Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Congrats. on the win. You did a beautiful piece.
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