Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
The Gathering by NicolasRGiacondino The Gathering by NicolasRGiacondino
It's been ages since I've done a proper Fantasy illustration, with all that such imagery entails. Luckily, I always have clients willing to challenge me to get new things done and/or revisited.

This image here has been commissioned by an amateur fantasy author, who trusted me with her characters and I hope I've done them justice.
The brief was enticing enough: a tavern scene, with many colourful and detailed characters having a conversation.
I always thought the best Fantasy is the one that isn't obvious; you know, NOT Elves and Orcs' hitting each other, on nimble fairies bathing on quiet lakes. Rather, a quiet scene, in an apparent medieval setting, but adding small elemnts to give away the magic that is around.
I hope I've caught that with the subtle details here of the armours, the blades, and especially the casual fairy fluttering about; the fact that no one seems to pay her any heed is just what I think would happen if you saw one of such creatures every other day...

I'm also quite proud of the fact that three of these characters are siblings and I managed to make their features resemble one anoher. Namely the ones up front. The old Guardsman besides the black-armoured girl is the uncle of the red-headed wry looking fellow there too, so you can see a hint of each other's expressions in their faces too.

I hope you enjoy this brief interlude into Fantasy realms for me and I will shortly be coming back to war-torn cities in the Sci-Fi future :D

Add a Comment:
Ddfi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Great art! Do you play?
wnter06 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
ultimatede Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
This is sweet, I very much enjoyed your foray back into fantasy
Ravenkeeper Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
oh the redhead in the background is absolutly up to no good what so ever. that is the most cheshire cat worhty smirk I've seen in a good while ^^d
the warrior woman with the scar turned out very nice too =) fav of the bunch.
akekesi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
I like Gimli & Legolas sitting up at the corner of the bar. Nice touch! :)
SCrewedAgain Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Looks like, a retake on the old Dragon lance, Kitara in the black armour Strum bowing , Carmon behind Kit, Raist not looking to sick , Tanis and his dwarf buddie. All your missing is Tasslehoff, oh yeah the bartender is Otik and cant remember his kinda adopted daughters name thats the maid in the Inn of the last home. Sorry but your picture really sparked the memorys of good reading many years ago Cheers
drekans Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
le cambiamos un par de personajes y es una partida jeje by gonzo
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Tendría que ponerme las pilas y hacer una imagen de nuestra partida, Gonz. Le debo al Enano mata-demonios por lo menos eso, jejeje...

Un abrazote y ya nos juntaremos a tomar algo y charlar. Posiblemente en casa, asi ves al pequeño Aerion cuando salga :P

thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
great job!
lol the dwaft and the elf has been cast aside.:P
Spasticgraphic Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Ohmygoodness, that's some astounding work!
oldenhaller Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
one heckova familial chin :D
Silk-Ward Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
this looks so cool~
course at first glance i didn't even notice the man with the scar on his face!

and the 2 in the background REALLY remind me of Legolas and Gimli, i don't know if that's supposed to happen~
Beautiful! so detailed it makes me want to know more about these people.
tedark1 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
This came out really well. I love all the colors and characters. I think you did her idea well.
ColonelYeo Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It is good to see some fantasy work from you again. I always look forward to it. ;)

The characters look really interesting. I'm sure the author must be very pleased.
Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Naked sprite! Fuck yeah!
DBed Featured By Owner May 24, 2010   Digital Artist
Your work is always amazing! What medium do you use?
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Dave! I actually work with markers and a bit of other stuff (some acrylic or oil pastels) for effects like glows and lighting. But that's all ;)

MaKo85 Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That pixie looks like it's about to meet an unfortunate end involving a fly-swatter.
I LOVE the individual characters, they each have a unique personality and it's quite visible.
I think I got a crush on that redhead :giggle:

And since I've been on a LOTR kick I especially love the background :giggle:
wheresmytea Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh very cool! Gah so much pretty armour to look at. :)
Manla-sz Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
que hace un enano en la barra al lado de un elfo, eso es... HEREJIA!

PD: muy bueno como siempre, exitos!
DewNoir Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional
Me encanto todo!
Diseños, color, la toma... buenisimo!
photus Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
me alegra ver lo mucho que se enrriquecieron tus imagenes en este ultimo tiempo..los colores sobre todo estan tomando un tono cinematografico que me gusta mucho
Scumdog47 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Can we stay in the lands of Fantasy a little longer, pretty please (with sugar on top)?
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Perhaps, perhaps... ;)

Scumdog47 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
ironhenry Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Gotta be my new favorite Nic illustration. WOW man!!!
Kuchinawa42 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
I see pixie butt XD

Nice job on this one!
Thebuild Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Looking awesome Nic, love the character designs, the pose, the whole setting that you've given them.

Has my package got to you ok? Should have arrived ages ago.
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Rich! Glad you're liking the piece.

I still haven't received the package, unfortunately, so I'm dreading the post office might've 'misplaced' it (as they're know for here). I'll hang on a little while longer, but perhaps it'll return to you, fingers crossed.

Thebuild Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Damn, sorry to hear about that, I think the postal muppets might have lost her (I'll keep my fingers crossed though).

I've started working on another one (close combat variation) keep me updated on how things go. :)
necrobestialerotic Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Very nice. :)
Hey, are those Legolas and Gimli in the background? :D
And the armour on the black-haired girl makes me think you're not that far away from Dark Millenium aesthetics. ;)
StardustDragon Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Ah, the tavern, a classic Fantasy setting, with all the classic archetypes present. The counter guides the eye nicely, the space is organized quite well.
Vlaskiyov Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
It's always nice to see some fantasy, especially when the armor is bad ass and the Dwarf is at the bar...waiting for his ale.
Doctor-Sloth Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Too cool to see you draw fantasy figures, keep it up!
Imortis Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I want more information on the two in the lower right, the armoured guy and the black-armoured chick. MOAR.
igorvet Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Great job Nicolas!
Horacus Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Gran trabajo. Los colores, el diseño de los personajes es muy bueno. Me gusto mucho.
MichaelCrichlow Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
What more can I say? Epic awesomeness!!! :D :heart:
Noldofinve Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
What a nice company! I like these guys. It looks they have bright personalities, especially the first one from the left with a tricky face expression.
EliteToaster Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
z ve cool pic man I love the black armored woman though over all I now really want to know what their up to lol
KoniraThax Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very fun, very fun, I love the colour and textures.
RLFedun Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cool characters and armor! (But then again, when do you NOT draw awesome armor?) The bartender is awesome, I think he's about to smash that fairy...XD
Zerahoc Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
That is AWESOME. I havent done any real fantasy stuff in forever.

But than again, i havent done much anything in forever either....
tranimation-art Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I love this! (tilts her head) But the blonde has a bit of a lazy eye.
Add a Comment:


Submitted on
May 20, 2010
Image Size
1.3 MB


290 (who?)