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Daenerys Targaryen - Khaleesi - Mother of Dragons by MarkRaats Daenerys Targaryen - Khaleesi - Mother of Dragons by MarkRaats
I decided to explore a new genre for a change - Game of Thrones.

Daenerys Targaryen - Khaleesi - Mother of Dragons

Copic Markers and red prismacolor on acid free A3 paper.
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Sean-Dabbs-fx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
beautiful! 
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Cheers mate!
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saber359 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
This is awesome man.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Thank you very much Edwin!
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BrokenNoah Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Faved!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
I am honored - many thanks!
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sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
This is fantastic!  I love it all in red.  I would love to see more in a GoT series :D 
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mlh70 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
great linework. I would say the linework is on par with best inkers in the business. I would be interested to see what angles you had to use to achive line thickness with the prismacolors. Inking with a brush is one thing, but using this medium would be quite a challenge.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Cheers mate!

That's incredibly high praise considering your skill-set. It goes without saying that inkers have had a huge impact on the way I draw and if I'm to single out one individual it would be Bernie Wrightson with his Frankenstein series. I've always loved line-work and this is why it plays such an important role in my illustrations and while its safe to say there are many artists who's line-work inspires me, I consider Wrightson's a high level mark.

I generally hold the pencils normally and rely on the natural degradation of the pencil tip to change the character of the line as I draw it. I then rotate the pencil slightly so that I'm presented with a sharp point and I start the process again.

Many years ago when I was studying art, we had a teacher who demanded that we fill entire pages with pencil lines drawn equidistant from each other from the top of the page to the bottom, over and over again. I never understood the value of that kind of pencil control until I realized that I was using it in my illustration work.
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mlh70 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Thank you for thinking I posses skill when it comes to art. I started doing this 3 years ago. I went to school for electrical engineering and recently I decided to do something different. I am usually happy about my results considering I have no formal education in this area.

I am amazed by the work you create considering you do it mostly in your spare time. Keep up the work and I hope to see your work at the premier of star wars Episode 7.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Well thats truly inspirational in its own way. I have seldom seen such maturity in style after such a relatively short career in art and I can't commended you highly enough. Bravo on your choice and I sincerely hope that your career storms ahead as it should!

Thanks again for your kind words. In truth, while I would be very honored to do the posters (I suspect Drew WILL do them though), I don't have the patience to deal with the endless interference of the suits. 
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eniles Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Mark,

Your line work is sheer poetry! I have always loved your portraits, but your technique is a testament to dedication to & love of an art form.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thanks very much Eric and great to see you here again mate.

I'm truly honored by your words and thank you kindly for taking the time to comment!
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Volkan-Kinaci Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
brilliant...
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Thank you very much Volkan!
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Volkan-Kinaci Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Pleasure is mine :nod:
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SvalaW Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's awesome that you chose the colour red for her. Fantastic work.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to comment Vala!
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JeffLafferty Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow!!! That's so gorgeous man, your the master!

-Jeff
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Cheers a bunch Jeff. Glad you like it mate!
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Rob-Satanta-K Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic and beautiful!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thanks for your kind comment.!
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twbeveridge Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I've always admired your linework...now in Khaleesi form!!! NICE!!! she's beautiful...how do you do it?!?!? how do you do those longer perfectly spaced, parallel lines (in her cloak)...it's a gorgeous mystery. Well done as usual. Thanks for the inspiration.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Cheers Terry. Drawing her was easy because it was a great excuse to draw a gorgeous woman!

The lines are always drawn freehand and that's thanks to a lecturer I had when I was at collage - years ago - who forced us to draw parallel lines from the top of a page to the bottom. 

We had to keep them equidistant without using a ruler and I never realised how this discipline would become useful later in my artistic career! :D
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DiegoCobo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Cheers Diego!
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Lulu-3 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THIS IS PERFECTON. 
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thanks you Lauryn.. Glad you like her...!
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quin-ones Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Phew man. So good. Some day someway, I need to get me hands on an original sketch from you. Great stuff!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
HUGE thanks Joe.. Very kind of you to be sure....
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TonyDennison Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Wonderfully executed, mate. You paint with line.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
That's an incredibly kind thing to say Antoine!

Many thanks...
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Gielow Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice drawingstyle do you've got there!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thanks Giel.. glad you approve sir.
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keight Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
:D Mark, you make this look so simple;when it really isn't at all.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you so much my friend..

Sometimes they are a struggle and sometimes not. Happily this fair damsel rolled out of the pencil without too much trouble!
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scrii Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student
Such fantastic control of line to convey form, and such a perfect likeness!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you very much my Aussie friend Anneliese!
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Hodges-Art Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional
Gorgeous.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Aw... thanks Tom. 

You're gorgeous too!
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chrishackstudios Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
no way! amazing!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you very much Chris!

I'm delighted that you approve mate...
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BikerScout Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will never tire of looking through your back catalogue, Mark, but it genuinely excites me to see you working on new stuff like this.

The choice of such a limited red palette works really well. And those lines are so precise! Beautiful. :aww:
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thanks buddy. A very kind thing to say indeed...

I just wish I had more time to play with my pencils..
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paddavis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sublime!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Dankie boet!
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stefano-krivtzoff Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Game of thrones for life haha! fuckinīgreat!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Hahaha... fucking-A Stefano mate...
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