Jan 9, 2012

Hircine - fourth of the Daerda Lords

It is the fourth Daerda Lord made by me. Technically.
All the three previous ones were, more or less, just my renditions of the Shrines made by Bethesda's artists.
They are great, but aren't quite mine.
Thus I seriously think about re-painting them. Hermaeus Mora, Nocturnal and Sheogorath.

It was damn long time since I finished Sheogorath. There was no time to get to working on this piece - I've been pretty much overwhelmed by all the studyingz, contestz, work and stuff. So it's a huge relief for me, to finally have Hircine finished. Makes me feel quite happy when I think about it, yes. xD

Even though I didn't have time to create a .psd file for this and start working on him for a pretty long time, I've had some to doodle in my sketchbook.
Here be sketchez!

Let's start with the earliest onez:
These two, I'd say, based on the Hircine's Shrine
From the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Not much of anything special here.

Here I've experimented with his head and pose a bit. Especially with expression on his face - the look of eyes on the sketch in the middle.
A bit of working with deers' skullz here.
Working with idea of placing his "hounds" next to him. A bit of posing him again.

Here are finally some rather drastic experiments with his overall appearance, with his costume, armour or whatever. Even with his head.
or okay - maybe these are just his greatest worshipperz. His Priestz.


Last random sketch (and even a doodle in photoshop!)

Final doodlez:

Here I still wasn't sure whether to make his head a normal deer one or just an "empty" skull.

Dooling werevolves, werebearz.

Came up with the idea of Hircine holding a horn.

Thinking about the pose for this.

The horn's look and stuff.

Got the final pose, the costume and decided to make him deerfaced (sorrywhat?)

Around this time I got highly inspired after seeing the first screenshot of Azura's shrine from Skyrim. The sizes of it were amazing. Before that I thought noone would build or it wouldn't even be possible for anyone from all the Tamriel to build a statue of such sizes, so after I saw that shrine I got my limits off. Quite Completely.

These three screenshots are of the work done on the final image by the end of every day I've been working on it. So it was done in three days. On the fourth day I've just added colors.

To see all the little detailz see the painting of original sizes: 3571 pixels wide on 5000 pixels high.


The next painting in this series is going to be the Azura's one, according to the poll's results from the topic on the Bethesda's forums. If you'd like me to paint any other first - feel free to register out there and get you vote involved! Cause I rly don't feel like painting Azura. xD

Or if you think I should indeed redo the first three shrines - feel free to tell me about it as well.
Email me, post a message in the topic or just leave a comment right here, below this post. Whatever way you choose, just let me know! xD
I'm happy to get any response from you.

Hope you do enjoy
Till the next time
Good luck and God bless


You may remember a couple DragonBornz I did not long ago

I've made both pieces for the "Become a Dragonborn" contest held by the ESN and 1C-SoftClub
So here are some great news:
I've got the first place with the upper work and the fourth with the argonian!

Be sure to check out all the entries in case you do like Elderscrolls or just any good art. Or otherwise. Whatever. xD
Just take a look - they're definitely worth it! At the very least. Here's the gallery.

Enjoy and wait for even more.


Jan 8, 2012

BAG - Blizzard Accounts Guardian

A few days ago I've made an artwork for the Blizzard's "Guardian of Accounts" contest. The idea for this piece came to my mind quite accidently indeed. I don't think I've made everything clear though, so here's a bit of explanation: character's helmet is a bit like a mask some doctors used to wear in the times of plague in the Medieval ages and the times of Renaissance (they've used it to protect themselves from the "miasmic" bad air - in other words, to prevent themselves from being deseased). And the GlassCovered-like building in the center of this piece was supposed to be something like a stronghold, where some rather abstract gamer playz in peace, being guarded and protected from all kinds of threats by the masked guys outside.
So yep, that's pretty much it.

All in all I'm pretty happy with how it does look, but there's a couple things which I'd do different - the line between the building and the ground
and the "doctor's" hand, which's behind the gun. These things just freak me out a bit now. xD
Oh, and I really do hope It'll go with this point in the official contest's rules:
Article 8
: General conditions.
Entrants have to create an artwork, and/or a screenshot, and/or picture based on the Blizzard’s games “World of Warcraft” and/or “StarCraft II”, depicting characters or creatures protecting/fending off others characters/creatures (the “Entry Materials”).

And a rather boring (for some reason it is for me. no idea why) video depicting the process of working on this piece:

I didn't start capturing from the very beginning, as you can see - it was just a random in-process idea.