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Here they fight with Messers. by jessehbechtold Here they fight with Messers. by jessehbechtold
"Here they fight with messers. God help them."

Just finished reading a wonderful book by author KJ Parker called "Sharps". Rather a complexe story, but basically following a group of fencers, coerced into participating in a goodwill diplomatic fencing tournament in a neighboring rival country and all the political intrique that they get caught up in. This character, Suidas Duetzel, is a champion rapier fighter, though he's expert in fighting any hand to hand technique, and of course, as a war "hero", has an extreme case of PTSD that gets activated with this fight against bandits, one using a Gross Messer.

Couldn't have put this book down if I wanted to, great characterization and a beautifully woven plot with so many threads I'll need to read it again. Plus...swords! Rapiers! :) Anyway, another book I'd love to be hired to do a illustrated folio edition of. Any comments welcome!

Pen and Ink on paper, colored in Photoshop
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
nice job very classic!!!
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jessehbechtold Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope so, thank you much!
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
you are welcome!!!
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Digital-Fey Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Love it!=D KJ Parker is a great writer, though I haven't read that particular novel.
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jessehbechtold Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is the first Parker novel I read, and I promise you it won't be the last! By the way, read it! It's awesome! :D
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Rochaluarts Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good job! ;-)
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jessehbechtold Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, this was a fun one to do.
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Rochaluarts Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I imagine. Drawing is fun! I would like to know how to draw, but I do not dare. My drawings are childish, lol
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