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An Artist's Hands by junalesca An Artist's Hands by junalesca
"It was always a wonder - and something of a shock - to watch the deftness of the undead warrior's withered almost fleshless hands, as he worked. An artist's hands."


Fanart for Malazan Book of the Fallen. These are Tool, Toc the Younger and Baaljaag. I know i could work on this some more, because there are still things that I'm not satisfied with. But if i spend just another minute on this picture i will go crazy.
I used a couple of references (for Baaljaag and sitting Positions) and i couldn't find any description for Toc's Hair, so i just drew it from my imagination.
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:iconkdaniels:
kdaniels Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Amazing.  Would it be Ok to reproduce this, with appropriate credit, for a book group event page online?  It is for nonprofit use.  KD
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junalesca Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Sure, you can use it.
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:iconkdaniels:
kdaniels Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Thanks so much.  KD
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alexrayu Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
A very good one!
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Dadding Featured By Owner Edited Feb 22, 2015
My favourite Malazan fan-art image of all time! With your permission, we'd like to upload it to the Malazan Wiki, linking back to you and giving you credit of course. If I have my way, it will be image-of-the-week next week!
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junalesca Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
Go ahead and use it, it would be my honor :D
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MeesterAdam Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Book 3 is one of my favorites, great painting!
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sohighlydubious Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Possibly the finest Malazan artwork I've seen anywhere.
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lycophidion Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
oops! thought you'd gotten Jon Snow mixed up in there, somehow...
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benstone11 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
in the opening pages of " gardens of the moon" young paran is having a conversation with whiskey jack n fiddler when surly comes over ...and whiskey jack gives her a line that goes something like " few of us still remember when you were still a serving wench" .......and an image pops into my mind...an image of dujeck,whickeyjack,dassem,dancer and emperor in smiley's bar where surly is serving them ale or sumthing like dat....... dancer and emperor(forgot his name) sitting in corner discussing some nefarious plan...dujeck,whickey jack and dassem lauging and having goodtimes.........soooo anyways i was hoping(praying) you could paint a scene like that :-)...ur an amazing artist
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junalesca Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
I defenitely want to do more fanart for this in the future, i just need to re-read the books first though :)
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IronPain Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Beautiful ! Pretty sure Toc's face was still ravaged 
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stole21 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Jana i hope you do not mind. I share your work on Tumblr. I left link of you Devianart profile in description. Very nice work. With all due respect...
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junalesca Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I don't mind, as long as you link back.

Thank you!

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dragnipurrake Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Two things... Tool has one horn broken and toc has an eyepatch. Having said that, please don't make the corrections, I like what you did. A rare moment of peace among never ending bloody struggles. Kudos.
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razort300 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
cool
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Krozam Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Awe. Some.
Finally a good fanart of a T'lan Imass, I've been looking for one for ages.
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dragonturtle Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
very well done .Loved Tool
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BassistSartori Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Your depictions of Tool are pretty much now the way I always imagine him when reading the books.
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Arafax91 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Ich habe vor kurzem Memories of Ice gelesen und will demnächst mit House of Chains anfangen - und ich kann nur sagen: Wow, echt wahnsinnig gut geworden :) Dein Bild hat mir sehr dabei geholfen, die Charaktere zu visualisieren, würde mich sehr sehr freuen, wenn da noch mehr von dir kommen würde :D
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Numbstrike Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is definitely one of my favorites images to use as a wallpaper. :)
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Mytago Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Amazing! I especially love Tool, he looks just like from my mind.. very nice
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147CombatMedic Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Very cool!
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JFeathersmith Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, wow! This is wonderful. <3
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TheSilentLord Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lol... I lost my words the moment I saw this... and still I can't find the right words to express how much I like it... @.@ You did brilliant!!!!
The the T'lan Imass is as just as I imagined it. Ah, and btw, one of my first thoughts was that this was a combination between the Malazan Book of the Fallen and Game of Thrones - I took Toc and Baaljaag for John Snow and Ghost. :D
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junalesca Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
I always pictured Toc to look like Jon (the Version in my head, not the TV one) except for the hair, so it could really be him and Ghost :D
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Elephant81 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Fantastic!! Great pic of two of my favorite characters in series :-)
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wolfendire Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
this is so amazing!!! you did such an awesome job!!! i love how Baaljaag looks so real!!
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Jongi13 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
I just think that that is a fantastic image... I love your interpertation of Toc , you really caught something of how I see him there in his expression. baaljag is super intense too. Seriously well done!!!
I really enjoyed looking at it!
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lestek190 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
genious!
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nissins Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's Nice, but pretty far away from how the book describes it..
Solid piece of work though
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MSimpsonPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is wonderful! Please do some more Malazan art!! Yours is by far the best I have seen!
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hitomicz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Wow that is amazing!! Great job!
I hope you will draw more pictures from Malazan world :)) I absolutely love those books!
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RaistlinColtaine Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Hood's breath!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a masterpiece. We truly see Morn here.
(Toc is above perfect)!
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SunShyMoose Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I love your use of color, attention to detail (I can imagine why you're not keen on putting in more time on it) and the light. As if this isn't enough, the atmosphere is beautiful and the characters nearly spot on (although this is, of course, subjective). Fine work!
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junalesca Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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gabrieldevue Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Das Gras ist unglaublich - ich mag, wie du dort mit dem Licht umgehst. Überhaupt die ganze Beleuchtung in dem Bild. Ich kenne die charaktere und das Universum leider nicht, aber das Bild macht mich echt neugierig.
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junalesca Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Vielen Dank!
Das Gras hat mich fast in den Wahnsinn getrieben... die Buchreihe kann ich aber sehr empfehlen, man darf sich nur nicht vom ersten Buch abschrecken lassen. Es lohnt sich.
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FrostBlast Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Writer
Impressive work.
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:iconjunalesca:
junalesca Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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mirror-wolf Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
It is just amazing! Really beautiful! The fur, the clothes, the grass...the mood! Everything!!
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junalesca Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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mirror-wolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
You're very welcome!^^
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ToranekoStudios Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012   Digital Artist
ASJDFASFJALSD STOP BEING SO PERFECT
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junalesca Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I'm not perfect and neither is this picture. But thank you :D
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TarienCole Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Probably the 'only' good T'lan Imass rendering I've seen.
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junalesca Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't say it's the only good one, but thank you ;)
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TarienCole Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
not a problem. :)
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RadlanJay Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Awesome! I this is best picture of T'lan Imass I have ever seen.
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junalesca Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a nice compliment, thank you!
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