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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
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
Rathmun Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
Great pic, but um, why does a 'sid have a solid black circle as her castemark?
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.
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.
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.
sicmentale Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it! Pretty neat!
Bushidokun Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006   Digital Artist
do you have any idea of how fucking good you are??????
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".

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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