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She's beauty, she's grace, she'll stab your book in the preface. *derp* I need to work on this.

I wanted to practice colouring greyscale using a gradient map + glaze layers in soft light. This is probably the first time I'm happy with this tecnique (I reserve my right to change my mind in half an hour) but I'm still very confused about colouring skin this way, even if just as a starting point. *scratches head*

Blue scarf courtesy of Dorian Pavus. Quite possibly the number one item a warrior should not wear in combat, but what do we know. Red templars were most definitely harmed in the making of this fanart.

Dragon Age belongs to BioWare. Art belongs to me :'D

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Ilweran Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Non riesco a smettere di guardarla. Questi colori tenui...questi svolazzamenti...è una scena così dinamica ed epica resa in una maniera così morbida e poetica QuQ :heart::heart::heart:
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Cheezitss Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful! I love the colors. 
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Nimloth87 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
Thank you! I'm glad you like it :hug:
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dragoraofthevale Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Beautifully done. I love that it is an action shot.
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Nimloth87 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it! :hug:
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Eileniessa Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Student General Artist
Loving the scarf action
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Nimloth87 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
It was fun to paint, I'm glad you like it! :'D 
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ahojoshi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I adore this, the colors, the composition, the lyrium shards! I remember the first time I heard Dorian and Cassandra's party banter, I pictured something more along the lines of a cover for Swords and Shields - sword upraised in victory and the whole mental image was very over the top Dorian-esque, but not in character for Cassandra. I love how you painted Cass as she IS, with Dorian's addition for a touch of drama. :3

Also the line "She's beauty, she's grace, she'll punch you in the face" is possibly the best descriptor of Cassandra ever. <3
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Nimloth87 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Ahahah yes I think Dorian meant something like that XDD (and maybe Cass would have secretly loved it XDD ). Honestly the fact that she lent the books to Dorian is still killing me. 
I'm glad it works, thank you!! :'D

Pfft XDDD I love it that she's tough and sweet at the same time :heart: 
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E153N Featured By Owner Edited Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, Roman Legionaries wearing lorica segmentata wore a scarf to prevent chafing between the shoulder plates and their neck. This need was eliminated in more modern armours by warriors wearing gambesons underneath the plate.

In your case you stuck the scarf on top of the armour, opposed to between it, but Cass of course, like most fantasy, often has completely historically inaccurate armour as it is, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The composition of your piece is fantastic. This is why I follow the Bioware fanart groups, with the hope that I stumble across something as magnificent as this! I particularly like how the red lyrium shards are 
 reminiscent of the sakura in depictions of Samurai. The Warrior, bringer of death, amidst such beauty - harmony.

I see you don't have the "Share" buttons on your pictures, is there a reason for that? I would very much like to share this pic among a small group of fellow nerds I have.
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Nimloth87 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Awesome comment, thank you so much :hug:

Yeah, let's call it an original use of a scarf in battle (one that ends with you stuck in low- hanging branches. Unless magic barriers prevent that. I mean, it would make sense, considering how mages somehow manage to wear terribly impractical things without getting stuck into things XDD)
That's pretty cool though, so I'll take this chance to ask: if websites or book suggestions about armour history in different areas of the world come to mind, send them my way if you have the time.  :'D

Thank you so much for your kind words :hug: Yes, I was thinking something along those lines when I painted the red shards, I'm glad they work!

Mmmh I disabled them a long time ago in the hope of discouraging people from reposting stuff on Tumblr. I mean, things that I had already posted on my Tumblr account.
I don't mind it if people repost my stuff on a website where I don't post it myself, provided they credit and link, but I don't think it's okay if they do it on a website where they could simply share my own post. Since the first two, and most visible, share options are Tumblr and Facebook, and I do post everything on there as well, I prefer to just put links to the Tumblr and FB posts in my deviation, to encourace people to do it from there. 
I guess if I could disable only the Tumblr and Facebook sharing options and leave the rest it would be okay for me (or can you? Man, maybe something's changed i the meantime?), since the share buttons encourage proper crediting.  

(Hope that clears it up for you as well, you can definitely share it with your friends :'D and thank you!)
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E153N Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, personally I'm of the opinion most reads on armour and its history is a bit of a...slog, since those times aren't the best documented. I generally just put on a YT vid from one of these medieval enthusiasts and have them present it (which is probably less dry as well). My go-tos are: scholargladiatoria, Skallagrim, Lindybeige, Metatron and Shadiversity.

Each is relatively well-learned in the field and each bring their own strengths to the table. Skallagrim is by far the best production quality, but mainly focuses on the practical application of weapons, usually using modern-forged weapons to demonstrate. Scholargladiatoria seems the most professional, Matt from there is an antique weapons collector, so there's that. Metatron is useful whenever it comes to Roman or Japanese stuff, since he's a linguist and can actually read all the different texts in their original form. Lindybeige does a variety of topics, from current politics in the UK to WW2, to medieval things. He's a bit of a character though so might take some getting used to. Shadiversity lives in Australia and is thus far removed from the Old World. His stuff mostly revolves around the things you can cover through research and deduction.

So as a medieval-period nerd who doesn't want to spend all their free time researching it, this was a safe compromise :P
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Nimloth87 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Thank you so much!! :glomp: Yeah that's precisely why I asked, I can never find something that is complete and at the same time keeps my attention for more than 10 minutes xDD Plus, while watching videos I can multitask a bit.
Thanks again!
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E153N Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I treasure any opportunity to recommend stuff my nerdy self thinks of as cool xD
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Stars-King Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
the blue scarf, THE BLUE SCARF!! This is amazing!!!! ;A: 
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Nimloth87 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
I'd been meaning to draw something like this since I heard that dialogue :rofl: 
Thank you, I'm happy you like it! :hug:
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Stars-King Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Your welcome! It looks great amazing :heart:
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Maiden-of-Wolves Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the art, but I faved for the phrase that perfectly describes Cassandra. :P
I may actually use that in my comic. I will put a link back to this artwork in the description if/when I use it. :heart:
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Nimloth87 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Ahah but nooo don't credit me. It's a meme going around and I've seen it applied to Cass more than once XDDD So I'd actually feel embarrassed if you did.
Actually I was thinking of tweaking it a little to make it more accurate. Which I just did *derp*
Thank you for the comment and yay for DA comics!! :'D  
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Maiden-of-Wolves Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, okay! I won't, then. Thank you for clearing that up. I'll probably use a combo of the two versions 'cause this sounds best: "She's beauty, she's grace, she'll punch you in the face and then stab your book in the preface." Wink/Razz 

I hadn't seen that anywhere else, so I assumed you'd made it up 'cause I favorites a Dorian thing of yours that had that hilarious phrase on it. :P
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catplace Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I love the composition of this painting, it's awesome how the trees, scarf, and red flecks (blood? flowers?) curve to make her face the focal point.
I especially love the colours and fluidity of Cassandra's pose, she looks so powerful!
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Nimloth87 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Thank you so much for your incredibly nice comment! °O° I'm always afraid that everything looks like I'm trying too hard, if that makes any sense. 
(Heh, at first they were red flecks that were indeed meant to suggest either petals or blood - with Cassandra, it could easily be both XDD But in the end I thought it made more sense for them to be red lyrium shards. Come to think of it, I should have made them shinier maybe) 
Thanks again, I'm really happy the image works! :hug:

 
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catplace Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
(So sorry for the late reply!)
No problem! 'Seeker' certainly doesn't come across as trying to hard, in fact it feels seamless with how all the compositional elements blend with Cassandra's dynamic fighting pose.
All of those, petals, blood, and red lyrium shards, suit her so well! The lyrium shards make it look as if she's cutting down the red templars from Emprise du Lion, which makes her look like the badass she is, and the implied petal and blood imagery feels like a callback to Cassandra's romantic side and her struggle with the Seekers. Making it doubly awesome as a snapshot of her overall character!
(I think the shards look great as is, any shinier and they might have been too distracting, plus the hard and rectangular edges already make them look like lyrium shards c: )
It's definitely a gorgeous piece :D Do you think you'll sell prints of it online?
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Nimloth87 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
(waa don't apologise for leaving such a nice reply! *hands you chocolates* :heart: )
Mmmh yeah you're right about shinier shards being too distracting :'D 

Eeeh I don't think I can sell prints, I'm sorry...  not sure if BioWare cares, but still éuè 

Thanks again :tighthug:
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catplace Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Student Digital Artist
That's okay! I've heard the copyright laws are inconsistently tight and loose around selling fanart, it can become a bit of a gamble.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work! <3
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