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Kate Six by Celtran Kate Six by Celtran
Photoshop | Wacom | X-Ray Dog
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- Character: Kate Daniels
- Book: 'Magic' series
- Author: Ilona Andrews
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**u p d a t e**

WALLPAPER available here: [link]

BLOG POST about the painting process here: [link]
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So this is probably one of my favourite characters of a book series ... ever. Since the sixth book will be coming out soon, I wanted to paint her and actually post it. I have painted her before (pre-external hd crash) and it took me this long to start another painting of Kate. Mostly because I was a little lost for a while after I lost a lot of my paintings in the crash. Another thing was that I knew it was impossible to recapture the same feel of the first, original painting.

What I especially love about Kate the character is that she has a sense of humour, totally kicks ass but isn't so overpowered that she becomes invincible. She's incredibly well-written and that's just so hard to find. It's Urban Fantasy, so it's probably not for everyone, but give it a try if you're curious.

Comments and Favourites are appreciated :D
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Blog: [link]
Twitter: [link]
Site: [link]
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Kate Daniels & All related Characters (C) Ilona Andrews, Inc
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:iconadinad4:
Adinad4 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Professional General Artist
I must say, it is like you plucked her out of head!
Kinda reminds me of a more streamlined Lena Headey ^_^
Any other Kate Daniels Character? Curran or Jim?
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MarzieGK Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
Looks more like my "mental" Kate than what's on the US covers!
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:iconceltran:
Celtran Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you! That's so kind of you Huggle! 
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Usa-Chan-World Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
i love Kate daniels Book and this art is just AWESOME please more fanart of her like thisss La la la la 
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Celtran Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you for your comment! I will try and do more once I have the time Hug 
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Lyra1991 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015   Writer
Me encanta!!! Es justo como me imaginaba a Kate :D
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ChelleyBean Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
If I had the confidence for cosplay, this is how I'd dress.  Almost makes me want to grow my hair out again, heavy-hair migraines be darned.
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RavenAnabell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! This is truly amazing! I'm writing book reviews and currently I'm really into the Kate Daniels universe. May I use this picture in my post? Of course, I'd link it back to you and everything.
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Celtran Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015   Digital Artist
I'm so late with this reply, my apologies. But if you still want to use it in your post/review, you can :) (Smile) 
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RavenAnabell Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's okay :) I'm gonna use it when I review the next book in the series. Thank you!
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:iconceltran:
Celtran Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015   Digital Artist
No problem :)
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natsumi456 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Writer
I love the Kate Daniel's series! Any book written by Ilona Andrews I own! This is exactly how I've always pictured Kate, you did a fantastic job! She definitely is my favorite book characters of all time too, along with Curran, Andrea and Raphael (ok and Jim). Again, love this :) Glad to see some artwork from this series.
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Celtran Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words :D :heart:
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Consari Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
This is beautiful. So well executed. Subtle contrapposto - not excessively sexualized, but still visually appealing.  I read in some of the comments that this piece was featured on Ilona Andrews' website/blog.  Most book covers suck so much nowadays. They're all generic hodge podge photoshop stock image cut and paste jobs- especially within the context of the Urban Fantasy genre. A cover more like this would definitely up their readership. I know that I picked Patricia Brigg's "Moon Called" off the shelf in Barnes and Noble because the cover caught my eye. It wasn't terribly unique as covers go - the heroine is slapped on there dead center without much else to draw the eye, but it stood out to me because they bothered to make a digital illustration of it. I love this series. I burned through all the books in like three days - but the covers are awful. They're all the same - every single one is a variation of a woman with a sword and a semi-transparent image of a damn lion head. It's not even the same woman for all the covers (not to mention that Curran doesn't look like a conventional lion anyway). They're totally phoning it in with these. It's a damn shame. A great work of literary art should be represented by an equally great work of visual art. I just stumbled upon this so I have no idea what you do for a living or if you would even benefit from something like this, but I sure wish they would commission you or someone like you to design the next cover for them.
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nanyin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Moon called's cover is an oil painting btw (can you believe it)
The artist even has a making of pdf on his site - www.dandossantos.com/extras/da…
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Consari Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
That is AWESOME. So much the better! Thanks for sharing.
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Celtran Featured By Owner May 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Wow. Thank you! When it comes to UF covers, they're a bit of a hit-and-miss for me too. I've learned to not judge a book by its cover, particularly in the UF genre. I think most authors who have contracts with a big publishing house don't have much say in the covers. Even the Dresden Files, which I think is one of the biggest sellers in that genre, always has a dude with a hat on the cover. This totally makes sense because Harry Dresden NEVER wears a hat :o With the Mercy Thompson series, my biggest gripe is that the covers have Mercy wearing tops with half her tits falling out. Is that really necessary? Especially considering the fact that she's never described as someone who dresses overtly sexual, or that she's even covered in tattoo's (she only has one). It's totally misleading. Love the books, and the Mercy covers are beautifully done. But it's not Mercy. 

As for Ilona Andrews, they did actually commission me for the first Innkeeper book, but that was self-published :)

Anyway, this is possibly the longest comment I've ever received on any of my works. Thank you for taking the time to do so :heart:
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:iconconsari:
Consari Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
You are most welcome. It is well deserved. Thank you for taking the time to reply. :)
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evogs Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Loooove it. <3 I'm rereading the series. Again.
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Celtran Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Oh, I know what you mean by re-reading the Kate Daniels series! They're so well written, one of the few series I can go back to time and again and it never gets boring. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment :huggle:
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NixTheEverknowing Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
I love Kate!! And now she has a real face. I never really liked the one on the book covers.
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:iconceltran:
Celtran Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment :nod:
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AgrumeToxique Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
<3 Beautiful!
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:iconceltran:
Celtran Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you so much :D
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VampAngel79 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
PS: Do you have a goodreads account?
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:iconceltran:
Celtran Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Digital Artist
No :) But I have a book list on my Pinterest account with just a fraction of the books I've read.
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VampAngel79 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Oh, and I forgot to say that it's incredibly beautiful and well done. You are truly talented and I'm so happy I found this image. It's definitely my Kate. 

If you do Derek and/or Curran I might die of happiness. :D
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Celtran Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Digital Artist
I do have a sketch done for Derek but haven't gotten around to colouring it. Soon, I hope :D
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VampAngel79 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
This is the best rendition of Kate I've even saw. Very close to what I picture in my head. I was wondering if you could make the wallpaper available in a highest resolution and/or take down/delete all the info about book 6, like the words in the image, and make the wallpaper like this image here. More clean, especially since the book is already out. I'd appreciate it. I've been using it as my wallpaper since today. 
Thank you for making all this available to fellow Kate fans and sorry if my request annoys you. I just had to try. Kate is my favorite heroine ever and it's my all time favorite book series. 
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Celtran Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Digital Artist
This wallpaper is the only one I'll be making of this Kate painting. I put text and my sig on my artworks and wallpapers for a reason. But thanks for dropping a comment :)
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CeliB Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
First saw your work in Ilona Andrews site, love your artwork, so I wanted to see more of your artworks. Awesome! 
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Celtran Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Super late reply ahoy! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment :huggle:
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eidolon-phantom Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
You'd be suprized at how big the fan base is. Although she looks more native-American to me, I love the details on the clothes and over all you did a kick-ass job
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Celtran Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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rocknudel18 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Wow! Amazing! I just read Magic rises an I love the books! 
I'd love it if more pictures like these would come!
So happy So happy 
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Celtran Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013   Digital Artist
If I get the chance I'd love to do more Kate Daniels-related fan art :)
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MasharaBB Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so much closer to my idea of Kate. I saw it in Ilona Andrews blog. I wish the covers of the books were this close to Kate's description. Luckily for the last book they changed the model.
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sweetsweetsunshines Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wicked awesome Kate ♡ she looks so cool
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:iconceltran:
Celtran Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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Magyca Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
OH MY GOD! :omfg:
This is awesome, you captured the feeling of the character incredibly well...it's exactly like I imagined her!
Good job, indeed!
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Celtran Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment :glomp:
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mentalxfloss Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
This is absolutely amazing! I love this series and now I have the perfect face for Kate. Great job!
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:iconceltran:
Celtran Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you for your kind words :hug:
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adavis89 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
This is really amazing :) you're extremely talented and should be proud
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:iconceltran:
Celtran Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you for your kind words :D
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Davinia1982 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have read and love the Kate Daniels books and I think you did a wonderful job capturing her. Not exactly pretty, but striking, powerfull.... really nice.
Could you by any chance do a Curran for me?
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Celtran Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Digital Artist
I'll probably get to Curran at some point, but for right now, Derek seems to be the more persistent one :eager:
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Davinia1982 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hmmmm, I won't complain about seeing a version of Derek :D
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DarleneB Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I have read all of the Kate Daniels books multiple times and absolutely love them. You NAILED Kate's look! Great job!!
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Celtran Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you for your kind words, Darlene :cuddle:
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