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Xanth: Luck of the Draw by juliedillon Xanth: Luck of the Draw by juliedillon
This my first official cover art, for the next book in Piers Anthony's Xanth series, Luck of the Draw, which will be released December 2012.

Iíve been a little anxious about this, since I am stepping in for the wonderful Darrell Sweet, who unfortunately died last December. He was an amazing artist with a long career of fantastic and iconic covers, and I hope I can do him and fans of the Xanth series justice.
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Hi there!  This work is very high quality, I'm sure it will be great!  Much better than any book cover I've recently seen.
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illiarovanna Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You will live up to the legend. I have no doubt in my mind. 
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WendyFae Featured By Owner May 29, 2014   General Artist
wow! your art is sooo beautiful so vibrant and great I love your style. your paintings are amazing!
This painting, i feel like i can almost see it move!
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Bentham42 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
This is stunning! I've adored Piers Anthony's books for years, and your art fits in perfectly.
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DragonPud Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I need to start reading Xanth again. I'll be looking out for this one!
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animeartist8315 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
OMG! Darrell Sweet died?! He was so good. Who could forget the cover he did for Out of Phase? And for Robot Adept?! Oh... I gotta read those books again.... TT^TT
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Rot8erConeX Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Can't believe I hadn't faved this yet...well, that's been fixed now.
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Archangelbeth Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
...I haven't wanted to read a Xanth novel for ages, but now I'm tempted again!
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KevinNichols Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I always enjoyed Darrell Sweet's artwork.Bought many a book because of his artwork alone.Your art ts beautiful-You'll do good
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NickCorbell Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I just saw this book in the store today, and all I could think was "This looks like the style that Julie Dillon on dA does" and lo and behold a quick search of the book finds it to be so. Great job!
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Rungok Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Xanth books were the first fantasy novel I ever read.
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PlanetXiN Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow, did not know about Darrell Sweet. How sad. I honest found a difference in the cover art, however, it looked damn close enough to be considered a new style of Mr. Sweet's. I find your first effort fantastic!
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ubiique Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Big Xanth Series Fan here. You did wonderful. I'm amazed I was following your art before you did this. xD
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Flinxerone Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
WTF?????? Darrell Sweet passed away? I love his art work (and yours, as well)....
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iexisttolive Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this definitely does them both justice. What excellent work!
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Hi! just letting you know your work has been feature in "Get DD" features by :iconworth-dds:

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meganbednarz Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012   General Artist
I love the Xanth series! Great cover!!
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Warpmaster Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
This is awesome! I'll keep an eye out for the book too.
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Macabeak Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012   Digital Artist
You did do the Xanth series justice!! I was immediately reminded of that style of dragons and coloring, and lo! You're emulating him. Congrats on the hire!
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Sanithdemil Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Good Luck! I love the classic Xanth covers and I'm eager to see more of your work.
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Lexite Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Congrats! As a fan of the series you are definately worthy of taking his place and I look forward to the next covers from you.
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metalgearray09 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
This is beautiful. Do you still use the hardlight layer after your greyscale one?
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juliedillon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Yep, every time. :)
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metalgearray09 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
oh wow! do you do multiple layers of it? Every time I try the color comes in super saturated and bright. Should I try a multiply layer over it to darken the shadows and such? Thank you!
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juliedillon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
The hard light layer is just one way to add color to the sketch, like an underpainting; it's not going to look finalized just from the one layer, you have to paint more on top of it. What works for me may not work for everyone, it's just the method that I use :/
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metalgearray09 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
oh hrrm well I'll keep experimenting. Your colors are just so vivid without looking super saturated and still retains alot of value from the underpaintings.
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Davesrightmind Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Wow, Piers Anthony is still going at it with Xanth? Damn, I remember reading all those books as a kid, the covers always sucked me in, in fact I consider them to be one of my biggest influences artistically growing up. Congrats to you and your amazing skills. I'm sure Darrell Sweet would be proud to have you as his successor.
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xX-blacktulip-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic picture! Love how much colour and detail you put into it :D I've never read the Xanth series, but I'm definitely going to now :w00t:
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SunGryphon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How.. how can this not have any comments on it yet? Is my dA broken?

This is a great piece and very much in the line of the previous Xanth covers. I think you did a fantastic job.
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juliedillon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I had the comments on my gallery disabled for several months, but decided to try turning them back on. This just happened to have been posted while comments were still disabled is all. :)

And thank you! I'm really glad you like this :)
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SunGryphon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh I see! I was going to say there is NO WAY this would not have gotten comments when it was posted :D
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