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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

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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!
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