Great illustration. As a former AD&D nerd and dungeonmaster, I really liked it. Especially the looks on the slaves faces- I see fear and anger. The Dwarf needs to look more interesting--he looks bored. And while the bondage looks great - chains and collars - all of the slaves should be gagged. A dwarf would never put up with elves complaining--especially dark elves, would be spewing obscenities at the dwarf if not gagged. I hope this helps.
Very nice painting over Shabazik's work! Interesting interpretation of the drow trio's respective hair shadings! The green grass and the blue sky are great! Yeah, I agree that Roothar and his armor came out looking pretty slick! Grey probably fits the drow better, but the lighting on their skin and leggings are really nice!
yeah, i had to have some kind of secondary colour to shade the hair with, so thought i'd try out a couple of different possibilities (i have to say, though, that hair is one of the areas where ps is much easier than artrage, at least for me)
The Artrage editing has given it a very Painterly look (At least, that's what I *think* the art lecturers I listen to mean when they say 'painterly')... It looks almost like it was done in watercolour, rather than digitally.
A wonderful job on the Dwarf's armour.
It can be very hard to colour blushing on dark skin, or so I'm told... you've certainly managed it here. ^^
actually, it was the 'oil' brush i was using, rather than watercolour (there is a watercolour brush, i just haven't tried it out yet... hmm, demo will run out soon, i should probably do something about that). but yeah, it was fun - somehow knowing that i wouldn't get a perfectly smooth graduation of colour meant i felt free to paint more naturally and thus produced something more characterful than some of my more polished pieces. oh, and i must admit that the blush was gently painted in with photoshop afterwards! :S
so, as good a time as any to ask, can you enlighten my ignorance, what's a drow, and what's the fascination with them that seems native to dA? Originally Piroro's fault right? Wikipedia says "dark elves". Mmkay. I assume we're going from some piece of popular media(ie a videogame) and not just the folklore itself? Is it an MMO thing? War of Worldcraft or whatever that one is called?
Are they special in any way or do we just really enjoy 85% warm grey skin next to white hair? Because that alone is attractive enough but I'm apt to guess magic powers or an elongated aging cycle or something...
as far as i am aware, drow have no basis in historical folklore (without getting into the complexity of light/dark good/bad seelie/unseelie in various elf traditions - though it is interesting to note that in scandinavian texts, "dark elf" is sometimes synonymous with "dwarf", a rather different archetype!)
anyway, the drow are part of dungeons and dragons' rather unimaginative range of races: they felt that elves and dwarves should have "evil" underground variants, because it's not like dwarves already live underground or anything. Also, on the basis that it's dark underground, they made them all dark skinned because that's the ...opposite... of what happens to cave-dwelling species, which tend towards albinism...
that's always bothered me.
as far as elves and whatnot feature in WoW - i think theirs are all manner of colours. blue seems to feature a lot. don't know much about it...
anyway, this lot aren't strictly speaking video game or even d&d drow, but part of shabazik's impressively coherent invented world, where they have their own quirks. i don't know about longevity etc. in his world - he seems to be mainly interested in creating complex societies with multiple character storylines running through them.
Though I guess role playing falls somewhere on the spectrum of acting, improv, and creative writing... I can't help but see it as a waste of time, likely because I'm not very interested in those forms of art either...
Ah no it isn't the absence of sunlight on the skin causing them to be dark! It's the..uh...soot...from being underground. Near volcanoes. Centuries of growing up covered in dirt. That's it. I'm sticking with it.
Historically, the term 'Drow' is either irish - if it's a Fomorian beast - or from the Scottish Islands (in particular, Shetland and Orkney), being a corruption of 'Trow'. Trow are small, ugly faeries (often described as being 'dark skinned') that live underground. Their nature is more mischievous than malicious, though.
artrage is a 'natural media' painting program - it has oil and watercolour brushes (this was done with the oil brush), pastels, pens, pencils etc. it's one of these new simple kind of programs which are less universal and less powerful than photoshop but only cost $20-40 or so.
roothar's armour? i was particularly happy with his nose - its my favourite bit of the picture!