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Ink and my first try at Letraset promarkers. The colour Burgundy I used for the pants was difficult to handle.
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AndronicusVII Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Pretty interesting. I especially like the amulet hanging from her belt. What is it? I'm curious.

Speaking of curious, I don't see anything in the picture or description that would tell me how she figures into Ravenloft. I'm really curious about that too. What's the backstory?

Making the blade really curvy is a nice touch. Lends it an exotic flair.
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999demons Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment. :)

The amulet is for protection, a superstition. She was not made for Ravenloft, had never heard it when Mists of Ravenloft requested to have this picture in their gallery. As I was flattered I of course agreed to let them. She is a character of my own comic Im working to create and I can not really give any backstory at this point since it would give away the plot.

I try hard to make my characters exotic in some way but its not easy to be original in this place where so many skilled artists from all corners of the world converge.
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AndronicusVII Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Yes, exoticism can be a challenge in this kind of environment. Here is what I recommend. Build the society first. What is their environment? What are their needs? What are their resources? Who are their friends and foes? Create a more fully realized place of origin, and exotic clothing and accessories should come more easily.
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999demons Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is kind of what Im working with. Ive bought a stack of books on historical and ethnic themes focusing on art and culture, arms and armor from all over the world.

I focus of course on some cultures I find aestetically appealing. The bronze age culture of chinese shang and zhou dynasty, the tattoo cultures of southeast asia, jewelry of tibet and north africa, Russian, arabic and indian arms and armor from the middle ages are among the many inspirations I have. I also look to contemporary fashion and subcultures and my favourite artists.

From this I am slowly building my own cultures figuring out likenesses and differences and just trying to make them coherent.
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AndronicusVII Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Sounds like you are doing your homework! Excellent idea! Research can provide lots of inspiration.

In a shameless plug, you might want to look at this picture I had commissioned from Garth Graham.

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999demons Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anthropology and history interests me anyway so I would get a lot of these books either way.

Have already checked that pic out, didnt know about greenstone weapons. Im a few years away from getting that kind of flow in my artworks. He is a professional though.
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AndronicusVII Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Where I got the idea originally was Deadliest Warrior. The show is often flawed, ridiculous and often as not flat out wrong. However, it is an excellent source for weapon designs.

Yes there are pictures of the weapons but I can also get reference pics of people USING and HOLDING the weapons. Does wonders for giving artists a sense of scale and how the weapons should be used.
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999demons Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ive seen a bit of Deadliest warrior and I agree in much of your assessment. But if you want to see how to hold and use different weapons I recommend you tube. When it comes to weapon designs I recommend you find a weapons encyclopedia, they are often rather cheap. Old chinese martial arts movies is also an excellent source, some really crazy weapons show up every now and then.
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