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Sabetha Belacoros, from 'The Lies of Locke Lamora' series.

Okay, okay, so she hasn't been introduced as of yet. But I'm intrigued by her character already. AND this series needs more fan love :-) I wanted to make her beautiful and coy ('queen of all the charmers who ever lived' ) but very intense (she's Locke's rival in wit and it's mentioned that she's not very humble). I hope I suceeded somewhat :-)

It's very sketchy; I really want to do a background... I may still do.

I used photo ref for the hand.
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JacobBakk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
you.just.no.other.words.for.it - nailed it.
i love how different your approach is. everybody just makes a portrait as if it's a photo but made an actual portrait that well...portrays a character's mood and demeanor, and what else have done so absolutely brilliantly and to my opinion spot on!
a woman with both inner strength and exceptional looks. and she knows it, oh she knows it, but has never taken it for granted. for her the world is as wild as a tiger and her role in it is to forever grab its tail (by the teeth), holding for dear life.

i marvel at how Scott Lynch manages to embody such rich character in both Locke and Bethe using so little detail. so few words. we hardly know anything contrite about them yet we get them. we feeel them. (well maybe Locke a bit less. who knows for real what goes in that head of his. one can drown in such depths [and somebody already had...]). 
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happilywanderin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Somehow the expression you gave her fits perfectly with how i see her after reading RoT. Beautiful work 
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NightmareSiren Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. I can't imagine a better Sabetha.
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful interpretation of Sabetha. :nod: :thumbsup: Now we know why Locke is mad about her. ;) Can't wait for "The Republic of Thieves" to be released this year, and finally meet her. :D
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DavidAlejandroPozo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What kind of pencils did you use?
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Tar-Celebrian Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Oh my. I was looking for some art about Sabetha... and this is gorgeous ! I just finished Book 2 and I can't wait for Book 3 !! She'll finally appear, as great as expected :P
Thank you so much for sharing this piece ! It will help to wait xD
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madetohealxx Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
yes!! i am already sort of unhealthily attached to her even though we haven't even met her yet, and i love your interpretation!
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shoughad Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wave: I featured her here: [link] :D
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Flors Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
wow cool totally fits in the series
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Ristia Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm intrigued as well. I love how Sabetha has been mentioned very few times in the story and it's clear she plays a key role but you only know enough about her to know she existed.

Have you read Red Seas Under Red Skies? There are hints that Locke and Sabetha may have had a relationship. I read a preview of The Republic of Thieves and it hints at this even more.
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Sjs00 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
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Annymosa Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
I can't freaking wait to see her! ;3 Or rather... read her. XD It's gonna be big time fangirling. ;)
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
I think it will be a case of having to repeatedly put down the book because my fangirling will leave me incapable of reading. I'd be surprised if I make it past the first sentence without having a fangirl attack, ha.
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Annymosa Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
*Le gasp* :O I can feel one coming already..!

Kggh-!! ♥♥

*twitch*
Ahh, got that one out. XD
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
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RezneD Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You've changed my vision of her completely. (I liked red hair already before a lot ;-)) *faved it*

I'm looking forward to read "TRoT".
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Haha thank you!

Have you read both the excerpts? There's one here: [link] and one here: [link]

Spreadin' the Lies love :heart:
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RezneD Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I havn't read the one from "camorr.com". What's it about? I can't open the file with word. I've got to open it some way- Can't wait to read more from Scott!
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Hmm... I'll look into it and see if I can find a way to send it to you. It's basically Jean trying to find a way to cure Locke, and how Locke's health is going downhill. It's the first chapter of the book!
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scott-lynch Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Gorgeous work. I'll never hint as to whether it's "right" or not, because everyone's vision of Sabetha is and should be their own. But this is pretty damn fine. ;)
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theblacklungcaptain Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhh i am SO happy to finally find more people that have read these books. I absolutely adore them and impress them upon everyone i meet. ha. Your interpretation of her is wonderful. ^^ Can't wait for Republic of Thieves!
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Heh heh, ditto! I'm always overwhelmed with excitment everytime I meet another Lynch fan!! Yeah, it's a shame we have to wait another year for RoT but it's totally gonna be worth the wait!
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theblacklungcaptain Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha every summer it's the same for me. It's almost out it's almost out....neeever mind. I'm very glad to meet someone else who likes it. Did you like Lies or Red Seas more?
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Hmm... I felt that Lies was put together better. Full of twists and memorable characters and all tied up neatly at the end. Yet RSURS had a very addictive quality about it. It's fun and I love the bromance between Locke and Jean, but the ending, imo, was extremely rushed with a scattering of 'wtf' moments. How about you? And have you read the RoT excerpt?
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theblacklungcaptain Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. I liked how both of them were extremely different from eachother... You know the series isn't going to feel like the same book over and over. I'm not sure if I've read the exerpt, I haven't checked up on his site in awhile xD Did you ever hear of the two prequel novellas he may be doing?
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
There's actually quite a large series of them but last I heard he wont be completing them until the GB sequence is finished. Yeah, the reason he's so late with it all is because he's got depression, so I hope he gets better soon :( You should read the excerpt!!! It's got Sabetha in it ;) Also, if youre interested, me and my friend run the first fansite dedicated to the GB series here: www.camorr.com It's still incomplete but you should drop by for a browse around :)
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theblacklungcaptain Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
definitely will hafta drop by. And I didn't know about him.. that's so sad. He has the most beautiful writing style and I really hope he's able to finish the books. Initiate happy fanmail xD. I'm gonna drop by your site right now. Thanks for the heads up :D:D:D *excitement*
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Ichinisa Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
oh my, thats exactly how i picture her, i cant make locke look any different than zidane xD, stupid imagination, i got a little overwhelmed when all the dead started happening, then again i was really stressed because i needed to end it for school, so i think my head overreacted, besides locke started vomiting a lot, and to my bad luck, i was feeling sick those days too xD, i hope theres no more vomiting XDD, its weird i never realised you had this drawing here, too obsessed with FF9 it seems
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
I loovvveeee Lies with a PASSION. And me being me, I love gritty novels full of swearing, vomiting, death etc. I'm gonna re-draw her when Republic comes out so it's more accurate :iconiloveitmoreplz:
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TolmanCotton Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Perhaps I'd make her eyebrows a bit less dark, but it's a beautiful picture of Sabetha.
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
Thanks :) As soon as the book comes out I'll draw another (improved and more accurate) one.
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Ellesario Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
She looks awesome! Have you already read the prologue posted by Scott which introduces Sabetha? :D
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
YEEESSSSS. Seriously, when I saw the prologue I nearly wet myself with excitment. Keep meaning to post it on the author's notes of this page actually.

I CAN'T WAIT FOR REPUBLIC OF THIEVEEEEESSSSS!!!!!
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Ellesario Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
noooo me neither :( and we're already waiting so long !
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Noolin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Student Filmographer
wow, this is totally how i imagined her! Im dying waiting for the next book grr :shakefish:
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
I knooowwww :icononiontantrumplz: But we should be hearing news on it's release soon - even though it def wont be out until next year. You should check here for updates on the books : [link]

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MrTook Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
That's what Sabetha looks like in my mind. :D
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lamora-lover Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
absolutely amazing. and you captured her perfectly! so good
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AlyahnDarkelf Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009   Photographer
PS: this is so different from your other works! You should try the realism more often, it looks gorgeous
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AlyahnDarkelf Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009   Photographer
I love this so much!I think you captured the look perfectly.
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rockchick89 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
:D YAY MORE FANART FOR LOCKE LAMORAAAA!!

Love this take on Sabetha. Gorgeous work. Faved!
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
I CAN'T WAIT TO MEET SABETHA. Lol. I'm seriously DYING waiting for the third book. I'll probably do another Sabetha fanart at some point... even though we haven't met her yet ^^;
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rockchick89 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
I totally know what you mean! She must have been something effing fantastic to have captivated someone as, um, special as Locke Lamora...I was so pleased when the blurb for Republic was (leaked?) posted on the internetz. Looks like she's finally going to have a huge role...and I will at long last have an answer to my question: did Sabetha refer to herself as a lady bastard?
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
LOL OMG I TOTALLY ASK MYSELF THAT QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!! She'll either not care or when they say, 'We're the Gentlemen Bastards', she'll say 'And the Lady Bastard'. Or maybe they changed their name after she left? Because Chains hadn't named them in Lies, had he? SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! I'm intrigued by the rivallry aspect of their relationship, ooh, and the plays!!!

Gad I'm excited. :excited:
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rockchick89 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Yeah, me too! There really is sooo much SL just hasn't told us about the early years of the Gentlemen Bastards...I love the idea of "Lady Bastard" but I should imagine you're right, it's just a thing they dreamed up after Chains died. I have a feeling that some of the interaction between her and Locke will be really side-splittingly hillarious...ah I really cannot wait! I wonder what she's been doing with herself the years they've been apart. If I were her I would totally have started a new gang and set myself up as the garrista. So maybe we'll see some more new characters, which would be awesome. I hope SL tries to make the females slightly more indevidual this time though...almost all his girls are tough-girl characters, which is cool, but it would be refreshing if there was more variety.

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Lol I really love these books way too effing much. Locke Lamora rocks my socks. Yay!
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CrimsonCobwebs Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
I imagine Sabetha to be very headstrong, intelligent and devious - but she can put on the girly/helpless act in an instant.

I reckon she's got a passion for plays, and after years of failed wooing Locke decides to delve into the acting business to impress her :)

AND YES!!! I think she's a garrista as well :D :D But I reckon the bondsmage have blackmailed her into helping them, so we wont really see her gang. Maybe she'll have to chose between Locke's life and her own?

GAH HURRY UP SL YOU'RE KILLING US AAAALLLL!!!!! We'll have to wait and see *sigh*
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SokaiShadow Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
"Throwing blonds at Locke Lamora was like throwing lettuce to sharks..."

No wonder, with a woman like this! Awesome pic, fantastic to see some Gentleman Bastard love.
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tenleftthumbs Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
Amazing! Almost exactly how I picture her - I just picture her hair more curly... like corkscrews. But this is so cool!
The face reminds me a bit of Natasha Bedingfield. Very pretty!
Sabetha rules, I cannot wait for her to be introduced!
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noster Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
If she really looks like THAT, no wonder why Locke liked her very, very much...
Love her hair. Amazing work!
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