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This is the cover of the Honor Harrigton novel "Mission of Honor" written by David Weber, by courtesy of L'atalante Publishing.

Release : November 2011

Official website of L'atalante publishing : www.l-atalante.com/

See you soon for the second cover :)

Voici la couverture de "En mission" écrit par David Weber, avec l'aimable autorisation des éditions L'atalante.
Parution : Novembre 2011

Site officiel des éditions l'Atalante : www.l-atalante.com/

A bientôt pour la couv du tome 2 :)

Genkis
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gloveslover99 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Having now read the entire series (and indeed I'm doing a thorough re-reading now, being about 1/3  through _Flag In Exile_ at this writing), I see some subtleties in the portraits of Elizabeth and Eloise that perhaps escaped me the first time I viewed this painting. Eloise is looking at the Manticoran Queen with an expression mixing consideration, calculation and doubt, no doubt reflecting her own doubts about whether Queen Elizabeth is capable of making peace. Elizabeth, in the meantime, has her back turned to the Havenite President; her expression seems at first glance to be serene, but when you look more closely, there's an underlying tension and her posture is ramrod-stiff (reflecting, I don't doubt, the great difficulty she has in agreeing to negotiate with Haven after all that she and Manticore have suffered at their hands - of course, neither of them knows yet who the *true* author of all their troubles is!).  As noted by several others, the bit with the tattered flags is excellent. The only real criticism I have is more in the nature of a nitpick; Ariel's fur is rather too white - he should, of course, be a cream/gray mixture.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sometime I take some (small) liberty with the story.
With this illustration, I thought that a white cat was better than a grey/cream... So I did it white ;)
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
One could argue the brilliant white light behind Ariel has washed out his fur color.  *shrug*

This piece is even more amazing now that I've, finally, read At All Costs and am starting on Mission of Honor.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
To be honest, I took some liberty with Ariel.
I thought that the illustration would be more efficient with these colors.
It gives more importance to the queen's dress, flags, ...
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I love that star map background. Absolutely love it.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. When you have a book in your hands, you can read the name of the nations in the background; Manticore, Haven, the solarian league and others. Each small star is a system where Maticore and heaven have had a battle. And the small "chains" symbolize the "holes of the worm" (don't know the english term)
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
It's "wormholes", or more correctly the points are wormholes - I suspect one term is based off the other. And I was certain that it was the wormhole network after I saw Manticore.

Wait, you selected which small star to put as well? That's brilliant! It really shows the intensity of the war, and that the alliance' main objective was Trevor's Star, and do I spy Hades?
Seriously, that's a brilliant idea.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)

I used the map that my publisher shows at the beginning of each novel, I guess that Mr. Weber had drawn it.

I don't remember if Hadès was on the map that I used (It was three years ago ;) )Maybe...
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
It's way off to the top left of Haven, well away from the main axis of advance. (heh. Axis of advance for the Allies.) And that fits many of the criterion of Hades. It's even a place where there was a battle, which Honor refers to as the most audaciously stupid manoeuvre in recent history. Despite the fact that she did it and that it worked.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hades, it's the planet-jail in "In enemy hands" no ?
I ask because I don't know if all the names are the same in English and in French
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
In this case the name is the same. Hades is derived from Greek Mythology, so the only difference in French appears to be that French can accommodate the pronunciation easier with é instead of e. Other ones.. well, Nouveau Paris and a lot of the associated names (the defence stations Liberté, Fraternité and Egalité) are in French in the English versions of the books. More than that I do not know. I assume places with names like Split and Flax are changed.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes I know the greek mythology. I was a fan of mythology (greek, celtic, scandinavian, and others)
But I didn't know if it was exactly the same name in English because, sometimes, translaters have to take some liberty with a book to translate some specific expressions. Because of differences between cultural references and things like that.
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Miarath Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011   General Artist
Looks fantastic. :love:
Featured here: [link]
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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Miarath Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012   General Artist
Pleasure. :)
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hmsnike Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Now, doesn't that sum things up well?

Elizabeth and Prichart with the tattered flags of their nations, standing together.
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Steadholder Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Truly as fantastic as ever!! Just made it my wallpaper on my phone, love the torn flags or banisters, Favored as always!
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
It's funny to know that some of my illustrations become wallpapers on phones or on computers. I discovered it few months ago.
It's strange when your work stayed unknown during fifteen years and, suddenly, it you see your work one someone else's computer :)

Have a nice day

Genkis
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Steadholder Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Yep, but some of the greatest people weren't discovered till after their death, so be happy about that much at least!
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kittyliker Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is amazing X100
I love it. It's just too awesome for so many words.
I like the English cover for this book, I thought it was pretty cool, but I really wish Baen(they publish Honor Harrington in the USA,) would use your artwork. I seriously would love to own the book, even though I wouldn't be able to read it and already own the $27something hardcover Mission of Honor book (Mines all in one piece, XP they don't split up books).

I love your renditions of the Elizabeth and Eloise. They look so *real.* The treecat is always something can throw on the cover of an Honor Harrington book and it will look awesome and I still think the stars, swirling gasses and what looks like a hidden star map it the background.(Am I right?)

The flags are really cool, the way they swirl around the Queen; excuse me, Empress, and the President. The way both flags are torn and shredded also is really nice and I know the symbolism behind it without reading the other comments.

Not to poke or prod, but when are you going to put Honor Harrington and Thomas Theisman on a cover together? You know in the next book (A Rising Thunder) their going to be working together, or at least become good friends. I've seen a few different pictures and artwork of Thomas, none of it official. I would love to your version of him. (Well, knowing me, I'll love it anyways, but please? *Puppy dog eyes*)

Keep up the good work, as for I shall be stalking your progress carefully.

One of your (weird) American fans,
Admiral of the Green Caitlyn StarNight
P.S. Have a great day, weekend, morning and/or evening. :)
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I've found it. The canadian bookstore where i saw some of my covers few month ago :
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I think that you can ask for a book if they don't have it in their stock. Ask for Honor Harrington by the French publisher "l'atalante". But be careful, i do these covers only since 2009. On older books you'll have the other covers.

Well, that's all for this time.

See you soon :)

Genkis
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow ! That's a big comment ! ;)
Well, i'll try to answer to each subject...

First : Thank you for your congratulations and encouragements.

I know that you can order these books at a Canadian bookstore. I discovered it few months ago. I guess that they sell the French edition of Honor Harrington for the Quebec. But i think that you can order it for the US. I'll give you the adress of the website soon if you want.

The French publisher split each book of HH in two pieces because all their collections are smaller than yours. It would be strange (and ugly) to see a small size book with a very huge thickness... It would looks like a kind of... "paved" :D

I'm not sure to understand what you said about the star map so, sorry if my answer is irrelevant : yes there is a map behind each illustration.
If i remove the illustration, you would see a lot of stars and trajectories , and you would recognize the biggest stars as Manticore, Haven, and others...

About Honor and Thomas : well, i would like to draw them together (i really like Thomas Theisman).
But, as i said to someone few days ago, i wait for the right story ti represent something. So i need a book where they are importants and very presents in the story. Maybe for the next as you said... It would be cool because they are very important in this epic story.

About the good work :
Be sure that i'll do my best for each cover. I can't promise that you'll like everything. Maybe one day i'll be too tired to find the good idea, or i won't find any inspiration... No one is perfect...
BUT i try to do my best. Ever.
Because when i was younger i was in love with the covers of my books. I so much dreamed with illustrations and comics.
Each time, a good illustration opened a gate in my young mind to travel, to live big adventures and to discover worlds... It was so cool to discover my favourite character/spaceship/castel or anything else in a cover :D
And it was cool too, to looked at the cover when the book is over. I discovered some small details about the story... And so on...

When i draw i try to make you(all the readers) dream like me.

These days i work on the second cover for "Mission of Honor", the first of "Crown of slaves" and "On Basilik station"...

So you'll have more stuff to see soon ;)

Have a nice day and thank you for your attention and your opinions. :)

Genkis
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GraysonPaladin Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Good one, so Elizabeth and I'm guessing Eloise Prichart... I think cause I think Madam President has dark skin.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hello and Thanks :)

You're right, it's the President and the Queen.

And you're right again about the skin of Madam President. She has a dark skin.
This picture is a preview. I still work on details with the publisher and i'll do an update with the final illustration when it'll be ready.

I always do a preview when 90% of the work is ready. After that i work on details, light, color and minor modifications. :)

Have a nice week-end.

Genkis
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GraysonPaladin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Ah I figured as much, thanks and I hope you post the completed one as well.
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starfleet Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice images Genkkis, love the work done on this like normal... I'm guessing the second Cover is going to be direct Referance to Oyster Bay? / Things go to pot real fast in manticore (best way i can put it with out spoiling plots for those who haven't read Mission of Honor yet)
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hello and thanks :)

And yes, you're right, i work on a scene about Oyster bay ;)
I hope that you'll like it.

See you soon for the second cover (and your opinion about it) :)

Genkis
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Padawanmage Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Elizabeth and Eloise...very nice!

Noticed how their 'flags' or 'standards' are both torn...i assume to show what each has gone through in their war against each other...
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for your congratulations, i'm happy that you like this one.
And yes, their flags symbolize the long war against each other. All the lives lost during twenty or thirty years of conflict...

Have a nice week-end :)

Genkis
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thomasthecat Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
So beautiful! Live the queen and madame president. :)
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for your congratulations :)

Genkis
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Tal-Elmar Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
yeah, finally! :D

I love the idea of choosing the two most prominent political figures in the book; I guess the second cover will have smth to do with Admiral Crandall ;)
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
As i said to Leovinas, there won't be any character on the next cover. When i do a cover i try to catch the spirit or the important moment of the story.

And for me there is A BIG event in the second part of the story. You'll see it soon ;)

And thank you for following my work.

Genkis
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Tal-Elmar Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for sharing it! :)
and I should have said Related to Admiral Crandall... ))))
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Leovinas Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic work. :) I really like that you chose to focus on Elizabeth III and Eloise Pritchard instead of Honor for this one. Will we see Detweiler and company in #2? :D
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hello,

i'm happy that you like this one.

Like i said to Tiisiphone, i want to draw some important characters that we don't see on other covers. This time it was a good opportunity to show the Queen and the President.

On the next? Mmm i try to do something without anyone :)
I hope that i'll manage to do something cool even if i won't show any heroes of the story.

But one thing is sure, i'll draw some covers with Honor Harrington in the furure because... it's HER story after all :)
But i wait a story where she have an important role ("in enemy hands" for example).

If you want to see the staff of Manpower, take a look at my two covers for "Storm from the shadows".
On the fisrt book you can see Isabel Bardasano (tatoo and piercing) and Michelle Henke.
And on the second book you can see Albrecht Deitweiler and Anisimovna, and Albrecht(yes again) and his sons. :)


See you soon for your opinion about the second cover ;)

Genkis
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Ahhh! J'attendais cette publication avec impatience. Belle composition.
Je suis un peu en retard dans mes lectures, mais je dirais à coup sûr que la belle aristocrate en rouge est Elisabeth II de Manticore. Et la blonde...j'hésite mais il serait logique que ce soit Elizabeth Pritchard, présidente de la République du Havre. Les deux anciennes ennemies maintenant unies face à la menace commune.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Bonjour,

heureux que ça vous plaise :)

Et : oui, vous avez bien reconnu les deux protagonistes.
Le chat Sylvestre c'est Ariel, le compagnon de la reine de Manticore.
Toujours mon envie de présenter des personnages importants que l'on ne voit pas souvent. Bien sûr Honor apparaîtra sur d'autres couvertures, c'est quand même SA série ;)

Quant à la raison qui réunit ces deux personnes, je ne m'étendrais pas ici pour éviter de ruiner le plaisir de lecture de certains ;)

A bientôt pour la couverture du second tome.

Genkis
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