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Ages of Aenya 2017 Cover Art by Zhengyi Yu by AGEOFAENYA Ages of Aenya 2017 Cover Art by Zhengyi Yu by AGEOFAENYA
I am very proud to present the cover illustration for the 2017 edition of Ages of Aenya. A few months ago, I put out a request for artists for this cover. I received many talented and skilled applicants, but in the end I had to pick one.

Zhengyi Yu has been wonderful to work with. He was very attentive to what I needed and more than willing to make changes. If you're looking for a talented illustrator, I highly recommend him! Also, be sure to check out his awesome gallery at Zhengyi Yu


About this piece: Here we find Thelana overlooking Hedonia. The massive pyramid temple of Sargonus eclipses the background. One of the challenges of this piece was to depict our heroine in her natural state without triggering any censors. I wanted her in a normal looking pose, without any comically placed leaves in the way. And it had to be dynamic, to show off her power and fearlessness. She's naked in a city of thousands and yet she does not feel vulnerable! That being said, Zhengyi and I are working on an alternate cover where she'll be draped in her trademark jade cloak (hey, she gets cold sometimes). That way, you can read the adventures of the Ilmar on the subway without getting weird looks!

To learn more about Thelana, the Ilmar and the world of Aenya, please visit AENYA.NET 
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016
         Onigiri 
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armadillo179 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016
It's brilliant!
I think it does everything just right. She doesn't look vulnerable or sexualised in any way. The shadow, colors and positioning successfully avoid making it strikingly obvious that there's a naked woman on the cover so I wouldn't be afraid to read this on the train.  Infact there's just the right amount of straps and buckles in the right places to make her appear dressed in a body-tight suit like any traditional comic hero at first glance.
I certainly appreciate the artist not doing the typical convenient censorship thing with leaves and stuff as that would have actually drawn more attention to the nudity and possibly made it look coy and lewd. 
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AGEOFAENYA Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Professional Writer
I agree. She isn't meant to be sexualized. And I like your body suit idea. If this were a Sci-Fi novel, that could definitely be the case! Thanks for commenting!  
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Lord-Keldor Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
Wow! Absolutely stellar! 
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:iconageofaenya:
AGEOFAENYA Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Professional Writer
Thanks!
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