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Xanth: The Quest for Magic by TereseNielsen Xanth: The Quest for Magic by TereseNielsen
Did anyone read Piers Anthony in their youth?

This was a cover illustration I did about 5 years ago for a compilation of the first three Xanth books.

Size: 12"x18"
Medium: acrylic, colored pencil and oil


To purchase this piece please check my website: [link]

*** I have archival PRINTS in stock of many of my works. Please feel free to send a note if there is a particular one that interests you.
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AzizTheWazon Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
*heavy breathing* I...I am speechless, this... is so... epic.

AHEM. I just finished reading Yon III WInd (which is the last Xanth book published in my country, sadly) and after Centaur Aisle I became a fanboy. Now please let me calm down and enjoy this beautiful piece of art. BTW, there isn't much good Xanth-related art, is there? I can't find any :(
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OrionPax09 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Let's see...I'm going to guess at the identities of the characters here.

I'm guessing that the central character here is supposed to be Bink, while the man with the mustache and the more Mundane garment is Trent. The centaur is Chester and the spider is Jumper. The dragon is the Gap Dragon, and the woman on the left is Iris. Don't know who the mermaid is.
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Indego2012 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Xanth is one of my all time favourite fantasy series, and this is one of my all time favourite images of it. Your are wonderful. Brilliant.

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shozurei Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
So that's what Bink looks like. I'm assuming that's him up in front. Is that Trent behind him with the buzz-cut?
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Kweo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think that's Bink in the front. That might be Dor when he took over the Barbarian when he entered the tapestry.
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shozurei Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Could be.
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MaryQueendragon Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Still have the books; I revisit them from time to time.
I heard talk about movies a few ages ago but the CG technology to make them decent was not available yet...
Perhaps times are better for it now
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Otakukiller Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Writer
the first few books had such a strong connection in their plots they could probably start an entire franchise of movies buylt around them
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FitzofInspiration Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't read Xanth in YEARS. Isn't the author up to like, book 40 or something? Still...incredible work. Very intense, and realistic. I love it.
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Wow! Fabulous fantasy!
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tp32 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I did. They were awesome. Super work!!
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MincedGinger Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Xanth FTW!!! This is awesome!
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ancient-warrior Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
I read Xanth many years ago. I think, you created the right atmosphere of this magical world !
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Metal-n-Shiny Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I still read them. I love this so much better than the origina cover art. Makes more sense.
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:iconemmygir:
Emmygir Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Xanth fangirl in me is screaming: "THIS IS AWESOME." Great job! The colorung skill is insane.
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SeikiVakarian Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Omg I am a total Piers Anthony fan, I even had contact thru letters a few years back.
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Ciardubh Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Stunning painting, amazing control of the medium
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werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Wow!
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Nemle Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Dude! The Xanth wikia uses this pic for advertising! LOL Neat.
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JamesEM73 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Dude! You drew this? That was the first Xanth book I read! The art itself is also better than the ones on the other covers if you ask me.
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ShadowTempest13 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Still the greatest books ever!!
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hayleyclaire Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
I think I'm the youngest person I know of who reads these (19) thanks to my mom. I've read the first 20 I believe. This is just plain awesome though. I would love to see more xanth fanart out in the world.
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Sabinlerose Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
I spot Jumper!
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krazykat412 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Yay, Xanth fan art! Great job!
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CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
i love piers anthony..i'm trying to find something to color for my own amusement right now from xanth..or i may end up drawing something.

i'm guessing the foremost character is Bink,the man behind him is Crombie...the centaur of course is Chester.i think the white misty woman would be Metria...the dragon could be the dragon Bink and company met and escaped nickelpedes with.can't figure out who the mermaid is.eheh.still,lovely!
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songjunkee1018 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
so glad to see Xanth art :) love these books! :)
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MARCIOABREU7 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic!!!
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ChassyGirl Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these books. I've always wondered what Bink would look like. :) You should do more artwork! *winkwink* TRENT! <3
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Kaotikangel666999 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow!!! OMG you are AWESOME!!! And yes i read them too, This is beautiful. :)
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nicochi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Wow awesome!
These books are great, the first bunch of them at least! Definitely gets a bit repetitive after 5 or so though. Although I've only read until the 9th one.

You know they're making a movie of the first one? I heard it'll come out in 2011 or 2012. I really hope they don't screw it up! This series has the potential to be a great trilogy (at least).
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Raini-Tempest Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Giess of the Gargoyle is the only book by him I've read but I love his humour.
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gorkensgork Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
never hear of it.. but now i wanna get my hands on it after seeing this :)
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CosmicFalcon-70 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Wow...Awesome! :thumbsup: I love all the Xanth novels and you've done an amazing job portraying the characters. :clap:
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LucidxBliss Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BINK!
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CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
i have like 28 of Anthony's books in my collection so far.i love this!okay,i see Bink,Crombie,Chester...but who is the woman above Chester???i can't figure her out!...unless she's Metria.but i don't think she popped up in the book...
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Rainb0wC0nd0m Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
Ah yes. The Source of Magic. I've completed that book not long ago. It's good.
But... I'm not sure if I am familiar with that guy in back.. wearing green shit?
I know that main guy is Bink, and that Centaur is Chester Centaur. Correct me if I'm wrong.
It's a good book.
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
I think that was Trent, but it's been about 10 years since I read that. You guessed the others exactly right.
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Rainb0wC0nd0m Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Oh yeah. Trent is king in that book. He demanded Bink to find the source of the magic.
Just that he doesn't look how I imagined him. Lol. I have a book "The Guild of Xanth" and Piers had someone draw what Trent looks like in his mind. But of course everyone have their different ways of imagining how people look like.
It's wonderful drawing. I adore it. I tip my hat to you for be the amazing artist, and for doing a drawing of Xanth!
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dramey13 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
ok in that i see jumper the spider, i think nimby, but who are the man and centaur? bink and chester?
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Yup!
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dramey13 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
cool i got it right^^
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SamwiseTheAwesome Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still read them, it's a great series
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Yes it is.
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varpunen-laulaa Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
This is amazing *_*
I love Xanth~
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Thanks
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ShadowsQuill Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009   Writer
XANTH!!!!!!!!! This makes me so happy. Thank you for sharing. :)
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
:) Of course! Thanks for looking
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Johnnytheboy1970 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
I am "reading" the Xanth books right now on audio book as I work each night. I am LOVING them! Something I usually do to help my entertainment while reading a book is too "cast" actors to play each character. This way I "know" what a character looks and sounds like in my mind and makes the book even more interesting. Here are the actors I think of as I am reading the first three books.

Brendan Fraser as Bink:
[link]

Roger Rees as "The Evil Magician" Trent:
[link]

Brian Cox as Bink's father Roland:
[link]

Burgess Meredith as "The Good Magician" Humphrey:
[link]

Chameleon is always changing so hard to think of somebody for her. Any other ideas?
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
Great picks for the actors. They all work for me.
I know a couple other people that read books and pick what actor/actress seems most appropriate. I personally just sort of let them emerge and morph as I get to know them throughout the book.

Thanks for the post. Very fun!
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trainerBAM Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
I happen to be reading this volume right now. Really admired the cover; didn't expect to see it on this site :D
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