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illustration to Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams
: ] third one! : ] my first series : D
other 2:
Tangaloor Firefoot on Sea
Creation of the sun

It is much paler in reality. Bright colors and strong contrast are what Photoshop magic do ; ]
Some more technicalities and my work in progress: [link]

I wish I had an English version of „Tailchaser's Song” to give you some quotations from the song/lyric I tried to illustrate. But I don’t have one + I don’t know if the author would approve so I recommend the book (which is for children of all ages ; ] and all cat lovers : ] )

This is what I’ve got for showing my illustration [link] < proud and happy>
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NervousTuna Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Snagrat got no rat! After all these years, I still remember that line... at least, I hope that's the right line... Once again, what a lovely illustration! Bordering it with such flowers puts it into the atmosphere of 'folk tale', I think. Probably because of the brown vines and wild-looking flora. And way to go, instilling such attitude into a little rat, and such dismay into a cat!
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werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Here via the link from The Illustrated Word. This is marvelous!
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Toadfoal Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Does the have an English translated version? It sounds really good, but I only speak English. X3
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zersen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Professional Artist
Tailchaser's song is written by American author and it is in English :XD:

the song itself goes like this(I know it thanks to :iconav-marten: kindnes):

Snagrat was a cat who liked his rats
An' he liked 'em sweet, an' he liked 'em fat
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, liked his rats.

Snagrat, ye know, would a-hunting go
In the summery sun and the winter snow
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, hunting go.

One day he spied by the riverside
A Squeaker plump, rat-mother's pride
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, rat he spied.

At the rat he jumped, with a leap and bump
To take the beast in its hiding clump
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, leap and bump.

But beneath his claws no rat he saw
And he gaped a gape from dangling jaw
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, no rat saw

Then he heard a squeak, and a rat did speak
But he could not find it however did seek
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, rat did speak.

Said the voice: 'Dear cat, I'm the spirit-rat
And I will haunt you and hunt you flat!
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, haunt you flat.

Snagrat's head spun at the spirit's dun
And up he leaped and away he run
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, leaped and run.

No more Snagrat is a mousing cat
Now he feeds on beetles and bark and sprat
And... here and there a low-flying bat
But he has no taste for a mouse or rat!
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack
Yow-meow-a-derry-crack
Hey-crack, derry-crack, eats no rats!
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Toadfoal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Oh! In that case I think I shall find it much easier.
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zersen Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Artist
:D It's a wonderful book. You'll have grate time reading it :]
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AlianLeLoss Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
I adore Tad's works))) I love this books. They are Great indeed
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Cosmocrea Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Well done :)
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Mustesielu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Another gorgeous painting! You have truly stunning gallery ^^
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:iconzersen:
zersen Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Artist
Thank you very much :bow: :D
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Thalassae Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
This one's my favorite of you Tailchaser paintings. And I envy the autograph!!! :)
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AllieHartley Featured By Owner May 31, 2009   Traditional Artist
beautiful work! i love your style!

allie
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Awesome illustration, and how cool that you met the author & got his autograph!
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Love his paws & claws BTW. :aww:
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av-marten Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
This is a beautiful picture! Snagrat, right? It looks so fantastical.
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zersen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Artist
thank you :] it is illustration to fantasy book so I'm glad it looks fantastical :D
but I don't know what the 'Snagrat' is...
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av-marten Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Snagrat is the name of the cat in the poem.
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zersen Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional Artist
Oh : ] I see
My copy of the book is in Polish so I didn't know the English name of the cat. And I didn't know the word 'snag' :XD: I should have noticed 'rat' in the name and deduce the rest ... : /

Thanks for the comments : ]
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av-marten Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
Snagrat was a cat who liked his rats
An' he liked 'em sweet, an' he liked 'em fat
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, liked his rats.

Snagrat, ye know, would a-hunting go
In the summery sun and the winter snow
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, hunting go.

One day he spied by the riverside
A Squeaker plump, rat-mother's pride
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, rat he spied.

At the rat he jumped, with a leap and bump
To take the beast in its hiding clump
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, leap and bump.

But beneath his claws no rat he saw
And he gaped a gape from dangling jaw
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, no rat saw

Then he heard a squeak, and a rat did speak
But he could not find it however did seek
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, rat did speak.

Said the voice: 'Dear cat, I'm the spirit-rat
And I will haunt you and hunt you flat!
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, haunt you flat.

Snagrat's head spun at the spirit's dun
And up he leaped and away he run
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack, leaped and run.

No more Snagrat is a mousing cat
Now he feeds on beetles and bark and sprat
And... here and there a low-flying bat
But he has no taste for a mouse or rat!
Sing: Hey-crack, derry-crack
Yow-meow-a-derry-crack
Hey-crack, derry-crack, eats no rats!
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zersen Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Artist
thank you very much for this song! :heart: :]
I can see that the translation was very good but to know the oryginal is allways best
:airborne:
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av-marten Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
You is welcome! :D
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Sulime Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
Fantastyczne :heart:
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zersen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Professional Artist
dziekuje : ] to z tej tesknoty za kotami : [
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Serika-chan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
Śliczności, sfavuję sobie. I fajnie, że Ci się udało zdobyć ten autograf! ^^
(siedziałam razem z Tobą na tej prelekcji na Polconie, to chyba wystarczy, żebym została zidentyfikowana :D)
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zersen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Professional Artist
nie trzeba nawet tego nawiasu : D serika-chan zapadlo mi w pamiec : ]
ciesze sie ze zostalam odnaleziona na DA ... wiec sobie cie :+devwatch: ku pamieci
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pinaki93 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007   Digital Artist
It's beautiful! I really love the lighting and the way that you've done the cat's fur.
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SkylerVane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
I cannot surpass those above in my praise, so I do not try.

Are you feeling/doing all right? Are you busy? Curious...
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earthsea-23 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Student Filmographer
Amazing! Another awesome pic! :D
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JanieLeigh Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
stunning work
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schikaka Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
ja też chyba za mało czytam, bo tej bajki nie znam :p a ilustracja świetna ^^ kociak ma przecudne oczy :)
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zersen Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007  Professional Artist
ale to nie bajka :D ksiazka "Piesn Lowcy" jest ksiazka fantasy.. no chyba ze fantasy uznac za bajki :O_o:
Tyle ze w toku glownej histori pojawiaja sie legendy Ludu - czyli kotow. Oraz ich spiewane/rymowane piesni. Nie jest tego bardzo duzo ale uwielbiam wszystkie :D reszte ksiazki zreszta tez... :heart:

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but... this is not a fairytale :D "Tailchaiser's song" is a fantasy book.. unless you consider fantasy a fairytales :O_o:
In the main stream of the action there are some stories and legend of Cats. There is not many of them unfortunately but I love them all :D as the rest of the book of course ... :heart:
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schikaka Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
a to takie buty :wow: :D tym bardziej fantasy jeszcze mniej czytam :ohmygod: muszę to w najblizszej przyszłości zmienić :p
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Alkoholowka Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Mistrzowstwo jak dl amnie. Mówię ci, że to się na okładki bajek dla dzieci nadaje
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Ayashi-saama Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Hehe... super^^
Ładne kolory i słodki kocurek :D
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RatOfWar Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
nie jesc szczurow! :E

[ale ogolnie bardzo zacne.]
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zersen Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Professional Artist
phh widac ze nie czytal ksiazki : p

bo to ilustracja do piesni o tym jak kot imieniem Szczurolap gonil szczura i nie mogl go zjesc jako, ze szczur byl szczurzym duchem - co kotu wytknal jak widac na obrazku
"ja jestem duch ty jestes zboj" powinno pisac :D niestety nie mam ksiazki po ang... za to mam autograf autora w swojej!!! :D

[Dziekuje. W oryginale jest duzo bardziej stonowane i mniej skontrastowane - Photoshop czyni cuda ; )]
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devine-truth Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
love it the colors and the detail you paid to all the little vines is really nice:D
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deejaybunny12 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
Cool :) I like the flowers they seem very life like.
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