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EXALTED : Prismatic by Inkthinker EXALTED : Prismatic by Inkthinker
Another from Scroll of the Monk, the recently released supplement for White Wolf's Exalted RPG. This one actually took two tries... it illustrates an ability in which the character concentrates and sees the myriad futures beyond their next move.

The character is one of the series named entities; Ahn-Aru, Sad Ivory, Chosen of the Maiden of Endings. Unfortunately I only had one image (from the main gamebook) to use as a design reference, but I think I did all right. I wish the tone artist had taken the time to do the same, 'cause he might have seen that the front part of her hair is white (hence the delineation line you can see in the pencils).

Aside from that error, I think the tones make it look pretty smooth. Credit those to Jeff Simpson.



The initial sketch was drawn in red pencil, same as usual, but for some reason I only have the greyscale version on file. Check out the Scraps for some of the designs that went with the initial version of this same illustration.
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acat48 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really lovley work, love it
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GugaHost Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009   Traditional Artist
now i understand wts goin on with these exalted pics..

i dont mean to undermind the tone artist experieence and expertiese, and puting aside char reference issues, i think Jeff's style kinda took your work a step back...

Let me see if i can explain what i mean ... to my oppinion, he exagerates textures.. it makes it unnatural in contrast with ur lines
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Rathmun Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
Great pic, but um, why does a 'sid have a solid black circle as her castemark?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Beats me, I was just following image reference. I didn't paint the greys, though, and I expect that it was probably supposed to be a white circle, but nobody told Jeff.
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Rathmun Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
I doubt it was supposed to be a white circle. Sids castemarks are the symbol of the maiden in question. Therefore, an endings caste should have the symbol for saturn on her brow.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Check the later pages of the core rulebook (not sure which edition they passed on to me in PDF form) to find the character in question and the reference image. I'm not sure what page it's on, but it's in the back half of the book. She's named in the Comments up there.

I don't know enough about the series to know what's right or not... I wish I'd had more references for the character than a single, not particularly clear illustration. It's also one of the problems with subcontracting... I can't ask the art director directly, I have to ask the agent who asks the editor who asks the art director who might have to ask someone else, and then the information has to filter back again down to me. Usually this just ends up getting lost, and the little details like this tend to suffer for it.
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sicmentale Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it! Pretty neat!
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Bushidokun Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006   Digital Artist
do you have any idea of how fucking good you are??????
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Not really... I don't have anyone that I interact with regularly to use as a basis for comparison, except for those people I interact with online (which is probably one reason I spend so much time on the internet), so it's hard to guage where I actually stand. I guess I'm pretty good, but there's a LOT of people who are much, much better, and to compete I have to keep trying to meet the bar they set. At this point, I judge myself "good enough to work, but not good enough to get rich off it".

:D
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Bushidokun Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006   Digital Artist
dude, if you have looked at my DA then you would have seen that i suck major monkey balls. you, you are fucking da vinci compared to me. so don't give me bullshit about good enough to work, and that shit. you are one talented mother fucker.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Well, you're also 14, and I'm nearly 31. Those 15 years of steady, dedicated practice make a difference. I'm of the mind that most anyone can draw well with practice and the right environment where you can draw a lot. So long as you're drawing every day, it's hard not to get better, even if it happens veeerrrrrryyyy slowly.
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Bushidokun Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006   Digital Artist
oh damn. i didn't know you were 31. damn, i fuckedup. damn, damn, damn............
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laurasardinha Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
very nice :D
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ChoiceService Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006
Coloring looks odd.. too photoshop-ish..needs to be more refined. The middle characters shoulders look too small in relation to her head.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Can't say much on the colors... they weren't my department. On the heads, though, that's probably my fault.
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yf19-sama Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Its Hoon for sure! the gradient on midtones are really recognizable.

Nice work again
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kusta Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Professional
The motion and the expression of the faces are great!....You rock!....:)
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CheskaMouse Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006
Oh my.. awesome... sweet.... must-have-book *drools* Booooook *shamble shamble*
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Archercaptain Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006
Wow, my favourite might be the top one in the sketch/gesture stage, there's so much energy in the pencil lines. The shading was done beautifully, though pity about the hair. :)
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marceujija Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006
great like ever! :D
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teemunkle Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006   Digital Artist
super cool=D
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006
Awsome work here
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Mad-Sniper Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous, as usual.^^ I can see what you mean about the tone painter, looks like this was painted in a bit of a rush, but still, it's not like I could do better.:XD: How do you get such energy into your lines?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Beats me... it's one of those things I work towards, though, so I guess some of it comes through. A lot of it has to do with "line of action" principles, I think.
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TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional General Artist
awesome as usual
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Maeledus Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006
I just picked up Scroll of the Monk last night. I am flipping through it checking things out when, lo and behold, I see your art. Out, frikken, standing. They couldn't have picked a better person to convey Exalted than yourself. Thank you for your talent.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Send 'em a letter, tell 'em how awesome I am so they give me more work. :D
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InsaneInfernO Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006   Traditional Artist
simply awsome man! ur poses get me every time!!
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MOtero Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Shaolin Kunf Fu is Wat i Like.

Nice.
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MOtero Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry about that.
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ShikaruOC Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Filmographer
friggin awsome as allways man ^^
Can't wait to see more.
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MichaelBills Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional
This is cute.
I like it.
Nice job.
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botchiball Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006
hmm, the tone looks a little wierd.. the figure just to the left of the main has a strange shadow from her hair down to her nose. and the main figure's breats, and the space between them, just looks really off.. like her chest sucks in there or something - doesn't look quite right.

lines look good. hehe, i like that little ass-ilouette on the right.
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me06 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Student Filmographer
dude u have a fuckingf awsome arist and thats not just comeing from me it comeing for 10 other ppl that are with me at the moment
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Crap!! I'm surrounded!! :D
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me06 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Student Filmographer
lol yep and now we worship wooo :worship: lol
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xidioos Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Student General Artist
the tone painters alwayz make the finished work so much different that your sketches =\ its cool and all but the huge lake of details just make me mad XD
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metalgearray09 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006
awesome. I love your sketches. It looks a bit rougher than usual though
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
These were really rough overall... for whatever reason, that's what the MESS director told me to do, so that's how I did it. Personally I dig clean inks, but I aims to please.
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metalgearray09 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006
ah, you and I are pretty different. I like rough sketches, heh.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I like roughs, but these felt as if they fell "between" somewhere. Just the same, if the client is happy then so am I. :D
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metalgearray09 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006
now that that's a bad thing
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