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Xoxarle by CaptainNow Xoxarle by CaptainNow
The Idiran, Xoxarle.
I read Consider Phlebas for the first time around 1997 and I fell in love with it. I loved the way it was written and also the characters and scope and also just how that book made me feel, no book had made me emotional before then.

Read Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks, what an classic book.

Prints available directly from me, printed on archival paper up to 13" x 19". Those interested in prints can send me a P.M on here or find me on facebook: wayneashworthart or if you prefer you can email me: waynenipple(at)hotmail(dot)com. :)
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beelzebubjones Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Your beautiful art is a great tribute in lieu of a thanks. Xoxarle is rendered just as I imagined while reading consider phlebas. Thanks. 
CaptainNow Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thankyou very much! :)
Robot-Electro-Jones Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
I love the way this is done. =D Looks sufficiently scary...
CaptainNow Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thankyou very much :)
jean-damien Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Right for me too. Nice drawing.
HeronsCry Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing rendition! I love everything about it, from the anatomy to the overall feel the Idiran gives. You said in the comments below you went for malice, I think you captured it perfectly. I've finished the book just 2 days ago, and it shook me like no book did in a long time.

For all the zeal of Idirans and their jihad, the way they were portrayed in the book reminds you that even behind that powerful drive, there are individuals and their stories (I think it's something people forget about nowadays). Quayanorl and the reminiscence of his childhood days really struck me. Xoxarle's recounting of their struggle on Schar's World was powerful too.

Anyways, excuse my rambling! Great work, among many other great works in your gallery :) Can't help but hope you do make some more fanarts for Phlebas.
CaptainNow Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow! Thankyou so much for the compliments!
I found myself siding with the Idirans early on in the book, until we meet Xoxarle..and then I felt uneasy. It's a very interesting state of play between the 2 cultures. I read it often.

Also, my passion for this story is limitless, please, chat away, I am more than happy to talk about the subject and also hear another's thoughts on the story.

I have several images in my mind that I wish to create regarding this story, I love the Megaships and I would love to somehow do them justice, Fwi-Song also and maybe a drawing of the C.A.T. Oh, the battle in the station for the mind would make an epic old-school painting for sure.
HeronsCry Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! It's all well deserved.

I can see why one would side with Idirans at the beginning, Xoralundra gives you a pretty good first impression, the duo later on, not so much. Personally, I didn't feel informed well enough to pick sides at the very beginning, and even now I'm not really sure who I'm siding with. I'd say I'm more in favor of the Culture, though. The Idiran religious take on war rubs me wrong.

It's such a shame that there was no opportunity for a sequel, with all the great characters... The ending was painful to read.

Ohhh, interesting choices! If I were better at illustrating, I'd love to paint the destruction of Vavatch Orbital. I already tried to sketch some character portraits, but I forgot to highlight the descriptions, and looking for them now is painful OTL. I don't know how accurate they are.

By the way, what's your opinion on State of Play interruptions?
CaptainNow Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I loved the friendship between Horza and Xoralundra, a real old school bond. I admired the Idirans for fighting for what they believed in but I saw too many parallels between them and religious extremists.
It definately opened my mind to how galactic politics would work, or rather, could work.

I doubt a sequel would actually work despite me aching for one. Horza's story was superb, a sequel would have to do something spectacular to make me feel the same way, the pain I felt at the end of Consider Phlebas was intense. I don't believe a sequel could ever make me feel that way again.

The State of Play sections, I feel were a way for the culture to show off how they worked and also, showed that even though Minds had incredible power, mere Humans sometimes had a 'gift' that the minds lacked and that the Culture didn't see that as a threat but embraced it and also utilised it. I actually liked those State of Play sections as it showed that, should we humans ever intergrate with a Galactic society we could actually find a useful place. It gave me hope. :)
Kasterborous Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Easily the best interpretation of an Idiran I can remember seeing. The three legs and keratinous plates in particular are very well done and believably realised.
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