Here's another painting that is long overdue - I've been meaning to paint more Bron and Vex for months but there has always been some other project going on. Today I finally decided to steal some time for myself and finish this painting of them - I've had it waiting half done for far too long. So here they are, two Imperial thieves and a bottle of Cyrodilic Brandy. As always it looks like it's going to become a competition between these two... On a side note, I just noticed this my 200th deviation here - huzzah!
I haven't had much time to properly paint anything during past month (one more week until my Christmas holiday begins) but I've tried to doodle something Skyrim related whenever I've found a spare moment. This is some painting practice I finished recently - I feel like much could still be improved but I think I'll leave the tweaking for another time. At the moment I'm just happy my leafy trees look a bit better than they did six months ago, and that I managed to produce a horse that actually looks like a horse... Anyway, here's my Imperial thief Bron riding by Riften with what is supposed to be Frost - the horse he couldn't help stealing from Maven Black-Briar (which surprises no one, I'm sure). Gosh, I simply love the landscapes of the Rift in the game - sun shining through those yellow leaves makes my day every time.
Portraits of my three Skyrim characters: Imperial thief Bron Martes, Nord warrior Skaila Skaran and Altmer mage Laraniel. It was fun drawing them like this, and I think I'll be making more of these in near future - probably with my other game characters.
Note: Thieves Guild questline spoilers ahead. If you have just started with the guild I suggest you skip this description. Also, if walls of text are not your thing I won't hold it against you.
Bron: I still don't like this. Karliah: We've been over this already. This contract is strictly business. Bron: Oh, yeah? Stealing a fancy vase and fencing it is business. Selling one's soul to a Daedric Prince in exchange for a sharp-looking getup and some vaguely defined ”powers” is something entirely different. Karliah: I assure you, the edge we gain is worth the price. Bron: Easy for you to say. You Dunmer are practically the children of Azura anyway. I, for one, was taught that clever Imperial boys and girls don't run with sharp objects, take sweetrolls from strangers, and that they especially do not meddle with Daedra. Karliah: No offense, Bron, but you don't exactly strike me as a poster boy for the Imperial Cult. Bron: Very observant of you. However, if I must deal with deities I do prefer the ones who don't hunt me down and feed on my face when I manage to upset them. No such luck with Daedra Lords. Karliah: Nocturnal is not Molag Bal, you know. She doesn't harvest and enslave souls for the thrill of it. Bron: Oh no, she just wants to bind our spirits to guard some hidden temple for all eternity. That's totally different. Karliah: No need to get so prickly; I know what is at stake here. Still, there are worse fates. Bron: Maybe I should try and take my chances with those... Karliah: Really, Bron, what is your issue here? Bron: I have two words for you: binding contract. In business you always leave a loophole in case something goes awry and you need to back down. I don't see one here. That is my issue. Bron: Besides, I kind of like my soul. I've had it as long as I can remember. Sure, it's a bit shabby and frayed around the edges, but at least it's still mine.
* Nevermind Bron - he just gets cranky when he's forced to use his soul as a currency... I really wish I would have been able to have a discussion like this in the game, though. Personally, the whole Nightingale thing made me all thrilled and amped up, but in roleplaying sense Bron would be far less inspired by the idea of striking the arrangement with Nocturnal. Not that he feels any special devotion towards the Nine (or the Eight, he really doesn't care) – it's more about the fact that while not necessarily malicious, even at best, Daedra tend to be unpredictable extremists. Ergo, they are not the best people to deal with if you have the tendency to shrink from your contracts every now and then. Even more importantly, Bron isn't quite the type to tie himself down to, well, anything. Until that moment in Nightingale Hall he had at least a theoretical possibility to shake the dust of Riften off his feet whenever he would feel like it. Being the type of person to avoid all kinds of responsibilities in general, I can well picture my thief feeling more than just a bit cornered when Karliah starts to throw around words like ”oath”, ”binding terms” and ”guardian in life and death”. In the light of all this, imagine Bron's face when it's Brynjolf's turn to offer him the position as a Guild Master... I mean come on, guys, poor dude just wanted to steal stuff.
I actually pondered for a while whether I should just walk away from the Trinity Restored quest for roleplaying reasons. In the end I decided that it was time for Bron to man up a little and take one for the team. After years of working solo and never staying in one place for long, he has actually grown to like the little guild in Riften. Plus he has a score to settle with Mercer – and I really wanted to get the Nightingale Armor. It's all badass and batman-ish.
Take a look at some details and painting process below:
Since I had a lovely long Christmas holiday I decided to create another character for Skyrim. My nord girl Skaila favors two-handed axe and is a member of Companions so I felt like trying a different approach to the game. So here is my second Dovahkiin - imperial guy called Bron Martes. On a side note, his first name is inspired by an awesome character Bronn in George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, and the last name is latin for marten (which describes his demeanor pretty well). He is a member of Thieves Guild and can deliver some seriously mean sneak attacks with his dwarven bow. He's also skilled in smithing but hey - why spend all your time creating stuff when you can just steal someone else's? I know that this picture doesn't show much of his appearance but I just couldn't leave the Thieves Guild hood out. It's kind of Ezio Auditore-ish and I just love it.
Yeah, you really don't get to criticize. Hate to break it to you, Hemming, but it would seem that your son is a budding sociopath with a narcissistic personality disorder, your daughter has a morbid fascination to poisons, and the glorified head of your family is like the mother of all hagravens. Congrats.
I remember reading someone comparing the Black-Briars of Riften to the Corleone family from The Godfather - and I find it somewhat accurate. Anyway, no matter what you think of the comparison, the fact is that it's one screwed up family. I mean Bron is anything but a paragon of virtue, but even he doesn't like these guys... Also, my first Skyrim comic in almost three months. Yikes, it's been a while.
My first Oblivion themed painting! Here is my Imperial thief Brenna Martes finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel after a long and eventful crawl through sewers. Amulet of Kings in her pocket and a new (only slightly stuffy and moldy) armor on she makes her way towards the fresh air and freedom, deciding these are the last bars and rabid rats she's going to see for a long time... Obviously she couldn't be more wrong. Just see what happened next: [link]
Guys... Hey guys, I think you got the concept of "trick and treat" a bit wrong. You know, you're not supposed to threaten anyone to give you... Guys? Oh, whatever, why do I even bother... Bring me some Black-Briar mead and sweetrolls while you're at it.
After I did the Age Meme for my Altmer mage I've been inspired to draw more about her before the events of Skyrim. So here is young Laraniel, engrossed in a spell tome and doing some midnight studying in the glimmer of the magelight. Who needs sleep when there are so many arcane mysteries to uncover?
The first painting from what will be a series of three, featuring my Altmer mage Laraniel near the College of Winterhold. It was fun making a full body painting of her at last - I'm especially happy with the curly hair which nearly drove me crazy last time I tried to paint it. Colors were a bit challenging with this one, too, since I still haven't got quite used to High Elf color palette. There were several versions of sickly yellow before I finally landed with the one you see here... Also, this ended up being a quinea pig for my texture painting experiments. I'm pretty happy with some things I came up with but there's still a lot to learn. Anyway, I hope you like it - stay tuned for "The Warrior" and "The Thief"...