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Manus Artifex Tenebrae Claruit by temiel Manus Artifex Tenebrae Claruit by temiel
Edit: Thanks to ~Danai for pointing out that the title, more grammatically correctly, should read "Manus Artificis Tenebras Claravit". Sorry for my bad Latin, *sob*!

I kind of thought that if I have these characters living in medieval England, it'd be one horrible wasted opportunity not to do at least ONE picture of Leland and Claris in this style. :meow: I did a lot of looking at illuminated manuscripts like [link] and [link] to research this (and watching Secret of Kells for inspiration- if you haven't seen it, go see it, it's GORGEOUS). Incidentally, while working on this, it occurred to me that if you didn't already know these two were vampires, you probably wouldn't be able to tell based on this picture, since EVERYONE in illuminated manuscripts tends to look a little pallid. :XD:

Perfect symmetry was never really the aim here; I wanted something that looked... more or less symmetrical, but organic and kind of "hand done", since it is all... done by hand (with the help of a tablet). This took some serious patience, but the scrollwork and lines were so relaxing! :D It really ended up far more elaborate than I planned; the original sketch was just the two of them inside that red border and that was going to be the whole picture. Now I've been looking at it so long, I can't picture it without all the extra flourishes! :giggle:

Paper and gold leaf texture from CGTextures.
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:iconkarorufanqueen:
karorufanqueen Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
is so beautifull :love: great job :nod:
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Icasma Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i cannot get over this! he is just so beautiful i think i might die!
this is amazing!!!! 
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daylightsdauphin Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Beautiful work..
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:icontemiel:
temiel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ahh, thank you! I'm sorry it took so long for me to reply, I've been taking a sorta-kinda hiatus from DA, but I just wanted to thank you for the faves and the kind words. It means a lot! :heart:
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beeswax84 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
This is so beautiful! You are really talented! :)
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Karasunokazu Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really beautiful. You should do more in this style! It's so lovely...
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Gaia1390 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
I love this image because it seems like the old images of two lovers who won't ever be parted, its perfect.
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:iconnayezka:
Nayezka Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
I must say that I love this picture... I LOVE it!!
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:icontemiel:
temiel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you so much! I'm really glad to hear it. So much work, but lots of fun to do! :heart:
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:iconnayezka:
Nayezka Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
It's awesome... I play a role play game which is liven up in the 15th century, and my character looks just like her, and her beloved just like him. I showed it to the player who created him and we are both surprised... we both said "wow, they are Hanna and Alvar". Thank you very much for creating this image!!!
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no1armybrat Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
You did a beautiful job!
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AtM0 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Love the medieval style.
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sartre-erise Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's been a while since I've had to stop and just stare at a piece on here before. This is beautiful, and looks very much like a contemporary interpretation of medieval illuminations--I love it. :D Especially their hair.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Gorgeous color and I love, love, love the illuminated frame! :love:
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ArsiaMons Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011   General Artist
OMG this is amazing <3 <3 <3 <3
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:icontemiel:
temiel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you so much! :D I'm so glad you like it, it was a TON of fun to do. And thank you for the watch as well! :heart::heart: I really appreciate it. :3
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ArsiaMons Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011   General Artist
^^ <3
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Middernachtlopper Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful :)

:+fav:
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:iconreubenvision:
reubenvision Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
lovely
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:icontemiel:
temiel Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!! :heart:
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:iconishiyaki:
Ishiyaki Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Amazing job!! :O
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:iconallatwan:
Allatwan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG- GORGEOUS! :D
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:icontemiel:
temiel Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
OMG, thank you so much!! :hug: I'm so glad you like it! :D
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:iconallatwan:
Allatwan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :D
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Danai Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If the title was supposed to read "the artisan's hand has dispelled the darkness", or something like that it should be "manus artificis tenebras claravit", coz what you have is "hand master darkness" and a very weird form (nonexistent I suppose) of claro, clarare... ^^;
Nonetheless, a very beautiful image, I particularly like the way you drew their hands and the brim...
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temiel Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
OMG, I am sorry. I never actually learned Latin properly (which is something I am absolutely kicking myself for all the time!), so I've been (embarrassingly) counting on other people to point out any grammatical weirdness that might be there WHICH EVIDENTLY THERE IS. I just tried to change it, but the revised title is too long for dA, so I added a note in the artist's comment. ;) Thanks for letting me know! And I'm very glad you like the hands. I love drawing hands. :3
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Danai Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, I'm a classical philologist, kinda runs in the blood ;) I like your art in general - the piece on historical clothes was perfect :) All the best!

~D.
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mmuch Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply amazing and beautiful! I love the details, it is fantastic how much work you put into them. Colours are stunning. Really, really great job. You are a big talent. :)
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temiel Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you! :D Yeah, by the end of it my hand felt like it was about to fall off, but I think it was totally worth it. :giggle: SO much fun, and really it was quite zen doing all the little curliques and vines. ;)
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:iconmmuch:
mmuch Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :) It's great that your hand didn't fall off because you can still draw such beautiful illustrations. :heart:
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sherega Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Oh. This is beautiful. Love the colours and all the details but especially the emotion depicted here leaves me in awe. : ) Also, the clothes and hair look really good. I like her dress so very much.
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CwnAnnan Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student
beautifully done <3
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niji707 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011   Digital Artist
oh!! this is absolutely great!! :heart: I love it!!! wow!
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:icontemiel:
temiel Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, thanks so much! :D I'm really glad you like it, I was very pleased with the outcome of this one. :3
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niji707 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011   Digital Artist
it's astonishing!! I love this style! beautiful lines ^^
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sheikhrouf23 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
awesome work
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LaurenGreiner Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is exquisite!
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:icontemiel:
temiel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :heart: I had so much fun doing this one, so I'm really pleased you like it. :hug:
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HighlandThistle Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Lovely . . . the colors and the illumination, everything, just lovely.
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you like it, this was one of the most fun pieces I've done lately. :meow:
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will-o-the-wispy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is stunning! wonderful job on this.
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you so much!! :heart::heart: I was SO pleased with the outcome of this one, and I had a ton of fun doing it too. :D Very glad you like it! And thank you for the fave and watch as well, I really appreciate it. :tighthug:
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Perplexville Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
wonderful work:]
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zillieanne Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
this is beautiful!
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white-porcelain Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
This is absolutely amazing!
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!! I'm so pleased you like it, every aspect of this was fun. Usually there's at least one part of the process that's more chore than fun, but not so with this one. :heart:
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white-porcelain Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Well, the effect is astounding! I love how you did the floral designs. It really does look like the ornament designs on illuminated manuscripts. I have tried this a couple of times and it never comes out right, not enough patience I guess. Plus your choice of colours (a bit simpler) for their clothes adds to the manuscript look. I have to say I'm incredibly impressed with your work!
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you so much, you say such kind things. :blushes: And thank you for the watch as well, while I'm at it! :heart: I really do appreciate it.

And yeah, I did a fair amount of cross-referencing for this one, because there was definitely a specific look I was going for. I tried to keep the color choices and border designs as close to the sources as I could while still making it look okay, and I really feel like the research was worth it. :D
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LeoNeal-CP Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Omg, when i saw this on ur info site I soooo wanted to fav it right then and there! This is so beautiful, I really love the lines and coloring breathes life into this :meow: I love it. Such a wonderful job :heart:
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
AHHHH thank you so much, I had SO much fun with this. Must do more like it sometime in the future, illuminated manuscripts=JOY!! :D
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