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FantasyCraft - Priest by Inkthinker FantasyCraft - Priest by Inkthinker
Another of the many class illustrations for the upcoming tabletop RPG Fantasy Craft. Check out more of the book and keep an eye on the release over at Crafty Games.

This is a masked priest of a dark goblin god, casting a spell before a bone standard and wielding a pair of wicked ceremonial knives. The T-shaped symbol and the knife design were both suggested by the art director, the mask design is my own.

I like it overall, but I don't think I made it clear enough that the eyes in the mask are fake, and that the goblin's actual eyes are the two points of white staring out from slits beneath the mask's painted gaze. At the same time, I wanted the mask to look real enough at first glance that you could take it for a face, only to see that it's a mask on a second look. I could have handled the eyes better, but aside from that I think it came out all right.

Digitally drawn in Manga Studio EX with an Intuos 9x12.
©2008 Crafty Games, all rights reserved. You can check it out in higher resolution by clicking "Download" amongst the options to the left up there.
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:icon0wnenstein:
My God, it's epic
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:iconqnzk:
Oh man your drawing with monsters are liket he best
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innerabove Dec 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Think you're right about the eyes - everything else about this is fantastic.
Love the knives, the stance, everything.
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adony Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Filmographer
I saw the eyes after reading your mention.
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BROKENHILL Dec 6, 2008   Artisan Crafter
this look great,Nice to see what ya been working on.
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gusdefrog Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw it as a mask, I think the "hairline" said mask to me, so I didn't look at the eyes for that perspective information.
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:iconaerekidd:
so powerful
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:iconunleadedethiopian:
looks great man! outt of curiousity, why do it in manga studio as opposed to photoshop or something?
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Inkthinker Dec 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Manga Studio is, I think, a superior digital drawing platform to Photoshop... at least when mimicking ink.

It helps that MS is compatible with PS, both exporting PSD files and importing them, and they share a similar interface by design... if you know Photoshop, Manga Studio doesn't take a long time to suss out.

Photoshop can probably do most everything that Manga Studio can do, but it would take some time and settings tweaks. And the latter does have a couple options that PS doesn't, such as dedicated tools for drawing curves and basic shapes quickly and easily. It's not as versatile as Photoshop, but then again I don't need it to be. It was built for drawing comics, and it benefits from the focus. Photoshop is more flexible, but when it comes down to drawing B&W line art it's my second choice.

Really, ideally, you use both. Though Manga Studio, even the EX version, costs less than half what PS CS3 does.
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WillCaligan Dec 5, 2008
Really cool design but I can see what you are saying about the eyes.
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