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4e D&D Skeletons

Acrylics, approx 7" x 11"

©Wizards of the Coast. 4e Monster Manual; Interior Illustration.

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A fearsome undead quartet faces off the adventurers, as a fireball hurtles towards them signalling the start of the fight.

I was asked to present the four different types (which I can't discuss yet) of Skeleton in equal proportion, in a line, with minimal background. In this respect the brief was quite restrictive, intended to clearly show the figures, rather than create the most dramatic image.

I tried to use the fireball to generate some interest through it's highlight and the lighting it would generate.
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4e D&D; Dungeon Masters Guide - Chapter 1
Acrylics on board, approx 50cm x 40cm
© Wizards of the Coast. 4e Dungeon Masters Guide; Interior Illustration.

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The adventurers have found the dungeon entrance, and cautiously begin to explore, little realising that their enemy is equally ready for action....

Again this is a piece with a lot going on. I sought to frame the adventurers in the entrance against the lighter palette behind them, meanwhile their magical effects light up the gloom infront. Here the Goblins are shown in a very muted, blue/purple palette that almost acts like a frame across the bottom which the adventurers are breaking into.
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Lord Piergieron

Lords of Waterdeep board game card art.

Acrylic, approx 8"x10"

Copyright Wizards of the Coast.

Original artwork for sale.

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This Drawing is Outdated - Please see the Updated version in the Gallery Folder of Women Warriors of Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited

See:Infanta Urraca Alfonzez of Reino di Iberia by Gambargin and Lalla Zuhayra of Al-Mamlakati Al-Murnakus (Berber) by Gambargin


The finished drawing for the concept of Women Warriors from the Kingdom of Iberia in the Historically Wrong Series, based on the Series of Christian Kingdoms of Iberian Peninsula (Castile, Leon, Aragon, Navarre, Galicia) as well as the various Islamic Sultanates and Emirates of Al-Andalus. This will be my attempt at exploring further into the heartland of Europe, in which i choose from Spain first because of it's rich history in the middle ages and its proximity with Africa and all the cultures associated with both of them.

One thing to note while I was reading the history of Spain (and Portugal, for the matter) is that back in the early middle ages, the majority of Iberian peninsula was ruled by the Maghreb Muslims (mostly Berber) as well as christian kingdoms along the northern and eastern part of peninsula. The mix of cultures, religions and the interactions between them created one of the wealthiest and diverse civilization in the early middle ages, with cities such as Cordoba having one of the largest population in Europe and was considered a political, financial, cultural and political center during its height. It was also one of the front line back then where the Christians and Muslims clashed with each other to exert their authority on the land, resulting in a unique blend of military tactic and style of warfare compare to the rest of western and central Europe.

This drawing depicts the 2 Women Warriors from this region that is equally unique and important to each other, one inspired by the Christian Kingdom who originally inhabited Spain and the other, inspired by the Berbers who ruled Al-andalus.

The first one on the left, is Urraca Alfonzez Ibarra, the Duchess of Sevilla and daughter of the ruling monarch. The idea of her character came from reading about the Basque culture in the north-eastern region of Navarre in Spain, who traditionally holds a much higher esteem towards women compare to the neighboring culture. While it's a common misconception to think that Basque culture is matrilineal, women did hold the rights to own, inherit and manage her own properties, especially back in the middle ages. She is drawn in typical mail hauberk covered in coat of plate, which were commonly worn amongst the christian knights of that time. Normally, she would also be wearing a helmet with coif or aventail, although in this case, i have to admit i omitted them to put some stylistic element and create a much more feminine portrayal of her.

For a food of thought, given the period of that time, her equipment could be considered very expensive. Think of buying your first, second-hand car, with the cheapest price range ($600 - $900) that is comparable to the cost of her weapons (Swords, dagger, mace) while the most expensive range is that of her armor ($2000 - $6000). Nevertheless, these were made of the finest quality which actually protected their life in the battlefield (to some extend).

As for the lady on the right, she is Zuhayra binti Muzammadin, the daughter of Local Emir of Berber origin in Grenada region. Various tribes of Berber people have women in the position of power. Given their tribal as well as hierarchical structure, it was common to have women appointed to lead and assumed responsibilities in managing estates and property, at least during the middle ages. She is drawn with stylized Guanches and Kaftan, something i find common in the clothing amongst the Berbers of north Africa. Her shield is a unique stylized double oval heart shaped called the Adarga which originated from the Arabs, known as "Al-Daraqa".

Given the nature of their warfare, the berbers were known for their light cavalry quipped with Javelins, spears and light armor, which was a contrast to the common depiction of heavily armed and armored knight of the middle ages.

Although it has yet to be confirmed from my study whether the Maghreb women took part in combat, there are few chronicles from El-Cid to the folklore that mentioned women who took arm. For anyone who knows Spanish/Moroccan history, please do correct me if there is any error in the depictions of these two characters. :)

Developed from the concept of Urraca Alfonzez Ibarra - Concept Sketch by Gambargin and Princess Elivira of Aragon - Duchess of Beja by Gambargin

Inspired by the music: Azam Ali - El Rey de Francia (Juedo-Spanish Folksong)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCP0st…
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A (trial) concept drawing for the Iberian Woman Warrior of Project: Blood and Steel, a part of Historically Wrong Sketch Series based on the 17th Century Era Warfare. I feel that the series currently focus too much on characters from Eastern Europe and Central Europe, so, this drawing is dedicated to the Spanish (and Portuguese) who, at one time, pretty much had their flag planted on every corners of the world.

I've been trying to including some background settings as well for the woman warrior, as i noticed it enhances the scene, even just a little bit, nevertheless, any feedback is still much appreciated :)

Inspired by the song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtCTMv… - I just loved the initial calming tune and the increasingly epic melody till the end.

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When speaking about the History of 16th - 17th Century Europe, one cannot miss the sovereign power that ruled the Iberian Peninsula, the Spanish and Portuguese Empire. For much of the early middle ages, the land was ruled majorly by the muslim Maghreb from Africa, but the disunity amongst them paved the way for Reconquista which allowed much of the land controlled by the crown of Castile, Leon, Aragon and the newly independent Portuguese. After expelling much of the African invader, the Spanish and Portuguese began their way of building their legacy that awed much of Europe. Beginning by the discovery of the new world after the end of reconquista, the Spanish and Portuguese pursued to conquer much of the undiscovered world, bringing numerous wealth and prestige, while the majority of Europeans were busy with their petty conflicts and crisis.

The period of late 16th century to the early 17th century saw the Spanish ruled under the Hapsburg of Austria, who themselves a major player in the European Politics and sphere of influence. While the conquest of the new world brought many wealth, this was short lived as the sudden influx of gold brough huge inflation to the Spanish economy. With the coming of Thirty Years War, Spain was powerful, but fragile. Although their success in the early stage of war was enough to send a message of the Spanish legacy of might and power, the ongoing war proved too costly for the Spanish crown, and with their shipping line and colonies being frequent target for privateers and pirates hungry for 'Spanish gold', the Empire clearly could not maintain its glory as it was back in the 16th century. Nevertheless, they still play quite important part in the European Politics, maintaining their status quo throughout much of the centuries.

Historically speaking, women were forbidden to travel to new world, unless accompanied by their husband or male members of the family. One such famous lady by the name of Inés de Suárez, a female conquistadora, did exist in the history book. Although, given the nature of the promises about the new world at that time, it could be speculated that even women could disguised themselves in order to seek better fortune, joining the ranks of migrants, settlers and conquistadors alike.

In this drawing and the series, Marquise Infanta Elvira Mayor Lopez from the House of Ibara, is depicted in the typical (but very stylized) cuirass and morion, often seen worn by the Conquistador, although in this 17th century period, it was commonly worn by the Tercios. As the daughter of the ruling monarch and descendants from the same Dynasty as Urraca Alfonzes de Ibarra Women Warriors of the Kingdom of Iberia by Gambargin of the previous series, she held strong power over the Iberian court, and after being granted her own 'March' by the crown, pretty much seek to expand her influence elsewhere in europe and throughout the world, possibly meeting pretty much every characters from the entire Historically Wrong Sketch Series.

On the other hand, with the wealth of the Iberian Empire and their often draconian rule, attracted many envy of her neighbor. While the Ibarras were busy trying to maintain their dominion, another great power arose from central Europe, and the von Harzberg Erzherzogin Ilda Luitgard of Harzbergerreich by Gambargin, who preyed on the Italian peninsula and much of western Europe, challenging the Authority of the Iberian Crown.

But then, all hell break loose when the Frisian (based on Dutch) decided to seek independence from the Iberian rule, and western Europe was finally thrown into bitter conflict.

And yeah, she is also deals with many of the Women Pirates in the spin-off series, like HWS Women Pirates - Dahlia of Caribbean Sea by Gambargin and HWS Women Pirates - Canavar of Mediterranean Sea by Gambargin


Also, the emblem and the flag is a stylized representation of the faction and no historical accuracy is intended....and also, i included the symbol for White Castle burger (replacing Castille), as a culinary in-joke =P.

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Perhaps i should mention the credit to these people :iconcapturedjoe:, :iconschweinebeine:, :iconryanryzzo:, :iconhashashin619:, :iconroranhawkins: and especially, one of the finest artist who has inspired me with all his detail researched and beautifully drawn works, mrt Fritz Vicari :iconfritzvicari:...if i haven't met them, or any one of you who reads this, i'd probably still be drawing sketches and some 'doodles on the train'. so, Thank you very much to all of you for giving the inspirations and the feedback :)

More on the Factions of historically wrong Sketch Series set in 17th century, Project Blood and Steel HWS Project Blood and Steel - Faction Map v.1.0 by Gambargin
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This Drawing is Outdated - Please see the Updated version in the Gallery Folder of Women Warriors of Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited

See:Mansamusoo Djire Aoua of Mandeka Kurufaba (Mali) by Gambargin and Nigiste Nigist Zala of Mangisa Abisinia (Ethiopia) by Gambargin



My first attempt at drawing African Women Warriors as a part of my Historically Wrong Sketch. Their attires were based on the stylized dress and armor used by the Ethiopian Kingdoms such as the Axum, Abyssinia as well as Makuria and also the ones used by the Western African superpowers, the Mali Empire. I tried incorporating a few elements of the armor used by the Europeans and Arabs, given that these two people would have had trades contact with their northern neighbors. Still, this may not be the most accurate depictions, but I'm open to correction from those that knows better :).

In my opinion, popular media often neglects the legacy of various African Kingdoms before the colonization period. Furthermore, their women warriors were often depicted in clothing which would be more appropriate for swimsuit calendar than the actual fighting itself, of course, this does not include the ones actually used during battle-rituals (where some of the African tribes uses very little clothing). Hence, after a discussion with my colleague, hopefully this drawing will bring the light to the African legacy.

Contrary to the (ignorant) popular belief that Africa is mostly inhabited by tribes of nomads and hunter-gatherers, it is actually home to some of the most influential and powerful civilization that the world had seen.

Let us take a look at the eastern Africa; If you were to read the history of Ancient Egypt, you would come across the Nubians, who at one time, conquered the Egyptians and became their Pharaohs. These people came from southern Nile region which incorporates modern day Egypt and Sudan. Another one to mention would be the Abyssinian (Modern day Ethiopia), who ruled a powerful Myaphysite Christian kingdom such as the Axum and Malkuria. It is actually worth the mention because they managed to defeat the Egyptian forces under the Rashidun Calipate in the battle of Dongola in 642, that halted their expansion towards southern region of Africa for a brief period.

If we go further to west, you will find one of the richest, greatest and powerful Empire of Mali in the high middle-ages. This great African power rose to its greatest height under The Great Mansa I Musa, who establish a scientific, political and commercial center in its capital Timbuktu, who is said to have attracted merchants, scholars and other intellectuals as far as Middle East and Asia. On the other hand, one must also take note of the other great empire such as the Kanem-Bornu and the legendary Kingdom of Hausa.

Meanwhile, historically speaking, the concept of Women Warriors in the history of Africa is actually very common. The Ancient Kingdom of Kush had queens who fought in battle called the "Kendake". Several of the nomadic tribes also practiced combat-ritual which includes women as the participant. If you were to look at the various history the many African kingdoms and empires, you will find that not only their women at some point occupied positions of power, they were also responsible for launching warfare, subjugating rival states and improving the socio-economic condition of their realm. If you really want to tickle your curiosity about african warrior women, please search "Dahomey Amazons".

If the Greeks had attributed the "Amazon" to the Iranians (Scythians), perhaps we should also attributed similar title to the Women of Africa :D

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In this drawing, the first one on the right is Djire Kambine from the Njimi Empire, based on the Empire of Mali. The second one on the left, is Regent Zala Mangesa of Axum from the Kingdom of Maqurra, based on the Abyssinian Kingdoms of east Africa.

Djire Kambine is drawn with the stylized clothing worn by the nobility of Mali, with mail shirt underneath, whereas Zala Mangesa is depicted wearing a hauberk with Nubian headress and longbow. The mail or other types of metal armors would have been common in Africa, given the historical period, they would have obtain it from trades with the Greeks, Romans, Byzantine and Arabs.

Inspired by the music: Babaa Maal - Hunger (Sung in Fula Language by a Senegalese Artist - the song speaks about peace)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqOmbQ…


Many thanks to :iconmistasilentkiller: and :iconbrandonspilcher: for the inspiration :)
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Done for Magic: the Gathering Innistrad expansion 13" by 18" oil on paper on board

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Done for the Avacyn Restored expansion of Magic: the Gathering 16 x 24 oil on paper on board ©Wizards of the Coast
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Personal work, 17 x 29 oil on paper on board
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"Then Fëanor swore a terrible oath. His seven sons leapt straightway to his side and took the selfsame vow together, and red as blood shone their drawn swords in the glare of the torches. They swore an oath which none shall break, and none should take, by the name even of Ilúvatar, calling the Everlasting Dark upon them if they kept it not; and Manwë they named in witness, and Varda, and the hallowed mountain of Taniquetil, vowing to pursue with vengeance and hatred to the ends of the World Vala, Demon, Elf or Man as yet unborn, or any creature, great or small, good or evil, that time should bring forth unto the end of days, whoso should hold or take or keep a Silmaril from their possession.

Thus spoke Maedhros and Maglor and Celegorm, Curufin and Caranthir, Amrod and Amras, princes of the Noldor; and many quailed to hear the dread words. For so sworn, good or evil, an oath may not be broken, and it shall pursue oathkeeper and oathbreaker to the world's end."

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Ch. 9: Of the Flight of the Noldor


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left to right: Amrod and Amras (they're hard to tell apart in this light), Fëanor, Curufin (always the first to obey his father), Maglor (not really conviced but caught up in the moment), Maedhros (taking charge of keeping his brothers in line while Atar is busy), Caranthir, Celegorm.


Watercolour and gouache.

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Little fantasy of how Del might look like if she was a pure-blood drow :)

So - yeah, I just wanted to draw a drow :B

Adele 'Del' Farlong (half-drow (okay, drow here :)) swashbuckler/duelist, DnD) wholly and partially belongs solely to me


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Adele 'Del' Farlong, half-drow duelist, my NWN 2 character.

Frankly speaking, for me ‘duelist’ never brought up any associations with elven-dwarven fantasy – it was always something from Alexandre Dumas’ novels or the like. So in this picture I tried to give Del the same romantic-adventurous air.

The stark light-shadow contrast is also intentional – wanted it to look like a theatre-stage, with a floodlight.
And, yes, Del’s hair IS two-coloured (white locks are due to drow blood) and she IS a left-hander :)

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Адель Фарлонг, моя леди-капитан из Neverwinter Nights 2, дуэлянтка полудроу

Честно говоря, слово «дуэлянт» у меня никогда не ассоциировалось с эльфогномскими фэнтези – скорее, это было что-то из Дюма. Так что в этой картинке постаралась создать нечто похожее на классический романтично-приключенческий образ.

Резкий контраст света и тени нарочный, хотелось чтобы это выглядело словно на театральной сцене, с одним ярким софитом.

И, да, у Адель двухцветные волосы (белые локоны – то, что досталось от дроу) и она левша
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My doodle for :iconneverwinter-tales: 'Kids' challenge

Little Del and her mother Esmerelle. Sadly, already dead :(

...Maybe it's not my last picture of Esmerelle :confused:

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graphite and coloured pencils, some adjustements in PS
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You can buy any painting from this link afremov.com/cats.php  and use this 10% discount coupon as well - deviantart10off 
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You can buy any painting from this link afremov.com/cats.php  and use this 10% discount coupon as well - deviantart10off ONLY TODAY!!
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This is an original oil on canvas from my older collection, now you can see the picture in higher resolution.. I use only a palette-knife for painting. I have not used a brush in this painting. I use only natural oil paint and 100% pure cotton canvas. This painting will be available for auction on www.afremov.com
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Isbjörg - half-elf, arcane archer © my NWN2 - D&D character
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Yeah, better not touch :ninja: But she detects Magic. It seems she already feels danger.

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A gift for :iconwildtune: This half-elven girl is her Neverwinter Nights 2 character :meow:
:whisper: Well, since you like it, I decided to show it here for some reasons :giggle: Let's see what happen :XD:

Rangers prefer blondes :eyes:

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Bishop © "Neverwinter Nights 2" - human, ranger
Isbjörg - half-elf, arcane archer © Me
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Just had no idea what to draw :shrug:

But...Great thanks to these four guys for their awesome song, which inspired me :iconimagination-plz:

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A little break in-between commissions~~~
Made for *shisleya, her character Dejanira :heart:

Spero ti piaccia Rosy! ^3^ Ho fatto prima del previsto XD ma ho avuto questo momento di frustrazione da commissioni e ne ho approfittato per lavorare sul tuo disegno :XD:
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A5 coloured pencil + acrylic paint and watercolours


Dejanira, "Instrumenta" (c) *shisleya~nigerlapis
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Coloured commission for :iconzterrans:
another portrait of one of his characters, Lady Alyssia Desan “The Lady of War”


Watercolours, coloured pencils and acrylic paint



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A6 coloured commission for ~hisuikousei
Her WoW character Carnwennan

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The goddess Frigga, best known as the goddess of fertility and marriage, also as Odin's wife, and Baldur's mother. I've depicted her pregnant with Baldur, though she has had a number of other important children.

The text is quoted from the Edda. Frigga talking to Odin:
"Safe mayst thou go, safe come again,
And safe be the way thou wendest!
Father of men, let thy mind be keen
When speech with the giant thou seekest."

Thanks to faestock for the reference: [link]
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4 of 5 of my halloweenies - another ghost child! A tragic mistake at the medicine cabinet.

Graphite, watercolor, and digital media

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Finally finished! It still needs a little work, so I'm open to suggestions :)

"...`Two days wrong!' sighed the Hatter. `I told you butter wouldn't suit the works!' he added looking angrily at the March Hare.

`It was the best butter,' the March Hare meekly replied.

`Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,' the Hatter grumbled: `you shouldn't have put it in with the bread-knife.'

The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, `It was the best butter, you know.'"

-Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

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Minos Goes parashooting!! Tottaly random idea that got to my head and i just couldnt ignore it =P!

(dont mind the blur -_-'')
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Since my friend [link] said it looks like the helmet is chewing on minos head ive been drawing "nom nom" on it.... and i guess it bothered Radamanthys
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Ive been watching Saint Seiya recently and these are Radamanthys and Minos. Radamanthys is my fav =) but my friend [link] isnt so found of his eyebrow so.....
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