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Lyra in the Dark by happineff Lyra in the Dark by happineff
I've had this sketch of Lyra sitting around forever waiting to be colored. I haven't actually colored it as carefully or as cleanly as I usually do, but I felt like messing around and trying different things. I'm not thrilled with the result, but I figured it's well enough to post, especially since I haven't posted anything in almost two months.

SO- Lyra reading her Alethiometer with Pan. Main character of the Golden Compass, His Dark Materials series.
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LunaLovegoodArt7 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how did you make it light like that? that's really pretty!
RainbowDaughter Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is such a good picture! i am going to favourite it!
i love the series so much. philip pullman is an amazing author!
MudslingerArtist Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh...I remember! His dark materials
DelfinaPinewood Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! Especially how her hair tumbles down and the way the alethiometer illuminates her face.

Well done! :D
slightlysane31 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
beautiful, but can i ask why her hair is brown?
Codfish107 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
BridgeToTheStars Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011   Photographer
Hello. I'm Bee and I'm a part of the staff at, a His Dark Materials and Philip Pullman fan site/community.

I really like your work here, and wanted to suggest that you submit it to our fan art collection. You can submit creations to

You can check out the whole site and community at [link]
Sandiane Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Hi ! Your drawing's beautiful. I'm currently writing a dissertation on Lyra's character in His Dark Materials and I wondered if I could use your illustration in the appendix ? If you're okay, just send me a message with your name so that I can acknowledge you and all ;)
hollylalaith Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous. The lighting is fantastic.
lilymoon114 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
So very pretty! I like the delicate essence of it (at least that's how I saw it) and I LOVE the light! I wish I could draw profiles (and many other things) the way you can!
So-Said-The-GlassMan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Student
this is quite beautiful; you drew Lyra beautifully, and Pan is so cute!
davemetlesits Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
I liike the serene calmness on her face, I always imagined her to be like that when she reads the alethiometer...
Storyweaver1 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
Lyra looks so beautifl in this pic. And the glowing of the aleithometer is a great touch. With the surrounding darkness it's even metaphorical
Hopeakynsi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Nice work. Lyra was one of my favourite characters in that trilogy. : D
Lay-Cat Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Student Writer
That is nice I love it

but I think her face shouldn't be that girly
a little more serious

I really love the vay you colored it
SashaFitzgerald Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww this is such a cute, tender moment between human and daemon. I love it!

I've featured this piece in my journal, I hope you don't mind, and I'd love to hear your opinions on the books and movie. Thanks! :)
Master-Lamia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
very cute :3
HanFitzy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
this is beautiful. Im reading the books again now and absolutely loving them :P :+favlove:
TwistedBrethless Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
How'd you get the glow?
villagekid Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007  Student General Artist
u read the book i suppose. i love the series. i read them a while back, but really enjoyed the movie. did u c it? i like the picture too. nice skillz.
DragonDancer11 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
beautiful! The lighting is perfect!!
Nerdfighter Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
kapeishi Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
Oh my, this looks just like how I pictured her in me head (but prettier ;))

Definitely a :+fav:
tickledblack Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
Pan is adorable :)
evarh Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
this is so pretty ^^
moyeongsu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007   Writer
lyra rocks!
crazyloon91 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
oh my gosh.
i can't wait for the movie to come out.
i'm so excited.
jamirooo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
oh i love it! these books are probably my most favorite ever! i freaking love lyra!
soffverdesa Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
oh i see youve already coloured it ahahhah
raidentheman Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
Wow, that really is amazing.
Valethia Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
This is one of my favorite favorites ever.
drdoalot Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
I like this picture, the lighting, Pan (awwww), the alethiometer, and Lyra. One question though: in the book, Lyra's hair is described as dark blonde, and it looks like the Lyra in this picture has... orange. Is it just the coloring, or what?
e-c-h Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
very sweet!
Jess-and-Dynasty Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
This is very beautiful and well drawn, good work :D
juggernautical Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006
eeee! this series is spectacular! can't believe a movie version is being attempted (esp with nicole kidman as mrs coutler!!)
CaffeinatedTomato Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
Oh i loved this series. i just finished amber spyglass again. so i've read each book in the series 7 times already lol!!! i love this piccie it portrays lyra really well *faves* :)
MerlinsEleniel Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006
Oh, this is just so incredibly pretty!! ^^
sky-lance Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006
oh yay first lyra fanart i've yet to see. when i searched it up on deviant art... like.. there was one picture of a teenager with this humongous knockers, and i'm like dear god, please let that not be some twisted fanboy's perception of a 11 year old girl. but anyways... i like the sketch :D
Alexxxzomg Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
i lovee EVERYTHING about this
splashley10 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006  Student Interface Designer
Nice. i love the series of novels
kas-ha Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
i love this! its awesome. those books are some of my very favorite.
Jachra Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2006
it's Lyra and Pantalaimon!
aimeesk Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006
i the lighting real? i mean did you turn off the lights, shine a flashlight one yor picture and take a photo of it? if not, i'm curious about the lighting...awesome job by the way, i really like how you captured lyra
happineff Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
Hehe, no, the lighting is a photoshop effect. Glad you like it! :D
tezbuzz Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
O that's great!!! You've captured Lyra well. You ever drawn Will?

I love 'The Northen Lights' and i really need to re-read the trilogy- its been ages!
happineff Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! I should draw some more Golden Compass fanart, with Will in it too. :)
CyanLion Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006   Photographer
Oh my god AWESOME!!! Thumbs f*ing up for this brilliant pic, it kicks ars!!! ^^
happineff Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
Thanks! Glad you like it! :hug:
plexar37 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah! This is a great illustration to a great series :)
happineff Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2006
Thank you! :hug:
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