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A deadly cold by ellaine A deadly cold by ellaine
“I’m dying of boredom,” Howl said pathetically. “Or maybe just dying.”
He was lying propped on dirty grey pillows, looking quite poorly, with what might have been a patchwork coverlet over him except that it was all one colour with dust. The spiders he seemed to like so much were spinning busily in the canopy above him.
Sophie felt his forehead. “You do have a bit of a fever,” she admitted.
“I’m delirious,” said Howl. “Spots are crawling before my eyes.”
“Those are spiders,” said Sophie. “Why can’t you cure yourself with a spell?”
“Because there is no cure for a cold,” Howl said dolefully.

Diana Wynne Jones - Howl's Moving Castle

Howl "dying" because of an ordinary cold. One of the funniest scenes in the whole book.
I spent something about two weeks working on it (because I didn't have enough time to do it at once). Am I becoming more patient?

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A deadly cold by =ellaine is an older work from this fantastic artist's gallery, but it is still amazing and should be appreciated! Check out all of the other equally wonderful pieces in her gallery! ( Suggested by Rose-Rayne and Featured by aunjuli )
Shinwa-Tsuki Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Very nice!
CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sophie felt his forehead.

And I'm thinking that's what he was angling for. :aww:

Great illustration! He's grumpy but not so sick he can't cause a huge headache for Sophie. =D All the little objects off to the side, like the things Michael had been running up the stairs for him, and of course the spiders, crumpled tissues, the windows and books -- add depth, character, richness. Really well done. =)
Su-Wan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful~!! How I imagined that scene in the book Hahahahah!
BlueMormon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah! The spiders...
nikutsuki Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
This is so amazing; I love that book and yes, this is one of the best scenes! :D
The whole book is so funny written! I'm in love with Howl, by the way <3 That crazy drama queen is just too adorable XD
E339 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Love the picture, and the details, wow!
Elenthriel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha this is awesome. And of course love the spiders.
sefalet Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Interface Designer
very good :)
Caddris Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Oh, Howl. He's my favorite drama queen.
werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Here via a link from TheIllustratedWord. What's funny? I know exactly how he feels!
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