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Orc Anatomy details by Artigas Orc Anatomy details :iconartigas:Artigas 178 19 Orc Bulls by Artigas Orc Bulls :iconartigas:Artigas 108 25 Longbeards by Artigas Longbeards :iconartigas:Artigas 45 3 Ironfists by Artigas Ironfists :iconartigas:Artigas 47 0 Blacklocks by Artigas Blacklocks :iconartigas:Artigas 40 2 Firebeards by Artigas Firebeards :iconartigas:Artigas 74 6 Broadbeams by Artigas Broadbeams :iconartigas:Artigas 141 19 Stonefoots by Artigas Stonefoots :iconartigas:Artigas 43 2 Stiffbeards by Artigas Stiffbeards :iconartigas:Artigas 39 2 Dwarven regal helm by Artigas Dwarven regal helm :iconartigas:Artigas 72 14 Ancient Elven Port by Artigas Ancient Elven Port :iconartigas:Artigas 68 12 Elf Ranger by Artigas Elf Ranger :iconartigas:Artigas 33 0 Dwarf King by Artigas Dwarf King :iconartigas:Artigas 74 2 DWARVEN CROWN by Artigas DWARVEN CROWN :iconartigas:Artigas 49 19 Minoton by Artigas Minoton :iconartigas:Artigas 80 11 Ethiopian Dwarf by Artigas Ethiopian Dwarf :iconartigas:Artigas 244 39

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Hi folks,

I am opening up for non-commercial commissions until I am booked up. If you need a commercial use license, just write me an email and we will discuss that.

All the items in the list can be added up together in a package. If you need a composition with many characters or items not fully designed or rendered (as in a scene with an army on the BG for ex) just reach me and we will discuss a fair price as a composition instead.

Items refer to things like a weapon, a piece of armour or a small collection of objects presented as a single drawing.

Characters include the concept design (I only proceed to the final rendering once you give the approval on the concept) and the rendering of choice.

Background is referring to a backdrop designed to complement your character(s).

As for the rendering styles, Pencil Sketch refers to a less detailed drawing more suitable to concept designs, or to a well-rendered pencil drawing done in a smaller size (resolution if you will) and thus retaining a good level of detail even though not so much if presented in a large format. The other rendering styles are self-explanatory. The swords underneath are an example of such rendering level.

Payment is in British Pounds, half up front and half once the concept is approved by you.

You can reach me through private message in DA or directly on my email: artigasdelara@gmail.com
Commissions by Artigas

Here some examples of the artwork:
Items:  Dwarven regal helm by Artigas Swords by Artigas DWARVEN CROWN by Artigas

Characters:  Dwarf Archer by Artigas  Dwarf King by Artigas Primitive Dwarfs by Artigas

Composition:  DWARVEN MOUNTAINEER by Artigas Ancient Elven Port by Artigas  Trog by Artigas


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Orc Anatomy details

The primate orc idea is proving to be a very interesting one to expand on.
A fully grown orc would average around 1.60m tall and weigh some 120kg (apologies to you, medieval people using the imperial system), standing thus between a human's and a dwarf's average height.
I can barely imagine how much of a formidable foe one of them would be, considering they would not lack in strength, speed and toughness if compared to a Chimp or Gorilla. Those animals are known for their brutal strength and agility, but fortunately they wear no armour and wield no weapons. This is a blessing that my fantasy world will not know.

As a means of balancing things up, I would imagine that from all the Goblinoid species, true Orcs would be the minority, with Goblins and Hobgoblins outnumbering them by much. The typical role of the fantasy Orc would then be actually fulfilled by the Hobgoblins, a much smaller and weaker creature.

Being a fighting focused creature, Orcs feature a number of characteristics that together give them the upper hand over more “squishy” races. To name a few:

Thick hide, heavy and dense skeleton, very thick skull, a fused shell-like ribcage, high tolerance to pain and wounds, sharp tusks and teeth, large joints to anchor powerful muscles, simple and sturdy organs and body chemistry, thick and stiff spine, short and less exposed neck, and an instinctive ability to fight.

On the downside, they are not particularly fast when walking and marching, and are not capable of long distance running (even though they are incredible fast in a short sprint) and are also unable to swim or float on water due to their heavy and dense anatomy.

On top of that, their body plan is not very well suited to fine tasks, and that makes them unable to operate complex or delicate equipment. That impacts primarily their ability with ranged weapons. A lack of manual dexterity and relatively poor eyesight are definitely not the building blocks of great marksmanship.

Their most impacting weakness though is their blatant lack of intelligence. Orcs are quite smart if compared to most animals, but are nonetheless easily outsmarted by other intelligent beings, including the lesser members of their own kin like Goblins and Hobgoblins.

That lack of brains translates to their way of fighting and the tactics they use. Orcs are incredibly predictable and notoriously undisciplined and that makes them relatively easy to beat by smarter and more experienced foes. That is, if said foes have the nerve to stand their ground against such frightening display of raw power that a group of armed Orcs is.

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Orc Bulls

This is one of a few concepts on my pondering about Orcs and their kin. 

I am not thinking about Tolkien’s legendarium with this one in particular, at least not necessarily, as it would still fit in with some of Tolkien’s largest specimens of the Orc kind, like the Olog hai or the Uruk hai.

My reasoning was actually more geared towards my own universe (one that exists mostly on notes and on my head at the moment) which is very low-fantasy and down to earth. I like to call it Low-tech Sci-Fi for that reason.

That said, I did set off from the idea that orcs are another type of primate, a semi-upright, intelligent (don’t expect Nobel prizes though), carnivorous and predatory type. Picture a 120kg rabid chimp or gorilla with sharp wits and the ability to use tools (mostly weapons) and a solid bipedal method of locomotion. Not to be messed with for sure.

I am still not settled on how they reproduce and the such, as I have two main lines of thinking that are very far apart on that subject.

The least radical idea is that they are only another type of primate and reproduce just as any other mammal, but with the difference that they have very little sexual dimorphism and thus look all the same at a quick glance. Females and males would all fight and do everything else together, and when the time is come for reproduction, the females would go on heat and males would fight each other for the right of mating. The females would be kept hidden and protected during a short gestation and would give birth to many offspring at a time, kind of like a dog. Those would be breastfed for a very short period of time and then start feeding on meat alone. The infants would be all herded up in a group and then tended for by the tribe as a whole, not knowing the typical parental relationship. That would ensure only the strongest survive to lead the tribe.

The more radical idea is founded on the “ancient astronaut gods” origins for the main races. They were engineered with certain purposes in mind, having both native species as well as alien ones as their building blocks. That would allow for a wilder but still pretty believable approach to their biology. Orcs were created to be fighters, and thus every aspect of their bodies was made with resiliency and power in mind. Their reproduction method should therefore be quick and efficient, generating many offspring with minimum burden to the parents.

Following that concept I adopted the reptilian approach for my Orcs: they would show equally minimal sexual dimorphism, but will not have limited periods of heat, being fertile all the time or most of the time, akin to us humans. The difference is they would not be mammals, and would lay eggs in large numbers in holes on the ground, where they would fertilise it with their own dung (!) and with corpses of other animals and creatures. A fungal colony would feed on the organic matter and transfer the nutrients to the eggs, that would hatch in a surprisingly short period of time. Even when an orc is killed, it's eggs can still use their decomposing body for nutrition and then hatch. The hatchlings would be on their own from the start and grow into different species like Boggarts, Goblins, Hobgoblins or orcs, depending on the needs of the “hive”. They would then operate in a very similar way to a colony of insects, and even complex knowledge like blacksmithing or the rudiments of medicine are only known at an instinctive level. That means they would not be capable of independent thinking in the same way a human is, but would always be capable of doing all they need to perform their fighting role.

The orcs I represent here are the big successful “bulls” (inferior in size only to Alpha Orcs) and are shown carrying very simple weapons, namely root clubs and a bone dagger. This would be the type of equipment a tribe would have access to at first, and with them they would attack and loot humans or other intelligent beings in order to steal weapons and metal with which they would start fashioning their own equipment.

Even though I love the traditional green skinned Orcs and Goblins, I am exploring a more realistic approach with greys and black and browns. Let’s see how it turns up.

If that is your kind of thing to think about, please share your opinions and thoughts. I would love to know how that stirs your imagination and which of these ideas seems more interesting to you.

Cheers.

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Longbeards
Longbeards: Noble and wise rulers, originally from the northern part of misty mountains on Mt. Gundabad (under which Durin himself is said to have awaken) and later on its southern ranges where they founded the great city of Khazad-dum, dug under the three peaks- Barazinbar, Zirakzigil and BundushathûrRegal, prosperous and traditionalist, they are the righteous heirs of Durin I The Deathless, and are therefore the supreme rulers of the dwarf kind. The Longbeards are held as a divine and sacred lineage by the other clans and command great power.
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Ironfists
Ironfists: Proud, strong and fierce, the Ironfists are renowned for their formidable warriors of noble descent and their military might. Hailing from far up north on the Orocani mountains and near the gulf left by the now extinct sea of Helcar, they are said to be the first to unveil the secrets of Iron and Steel, which they brought to Durin as their gift when they answered to his call. They are a very warlike and greedy people though, and are accounted to have been involved in many shameful minor wars against other clans, particularly with the Firebeards, to whom they bear a grudge and consider to be their rivals. It is also with great difficulty that they accept to be ruled over by the Longbeards, and despite recognising their authority as rightful rulers of the dwarfkind, they take every opportunity they can to act independently. They were the third to come to Durin.
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Blacklocks
Blacklocks: Great architects and Jewell makers that made their homes in the Mountains of Shadow’s far eastern side (Ered Glamhoth), among the remnants of Hildórien in the arid lands scorched by the never-ending sun. They were the first to develop civilization and are prodigiously rich and unbelievably proud. The Blacklocks are very famous for their wealth and the beauty of their women, considered by many to be the most beautiful of the dwarf-kind, and they guard both with extreme avarice. They were the last to answer Durin’s call, but were also the ones to bring him the most precious gifts when they finally came.They are also accused of being the “black sheep” of Durin’s folk and of being greedy and selfish, as well as of worse things such as dealing with orcs and perhaps even Mordor. Unfortunately, many times those accusations bear more than a hint of truth.
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rezcot Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tolkien, fantasy, and comic book stuff? Yeah I definitely need to add you to my watch list.
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Artigas Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I am glad you like my stuff man.
So here's something for you: A comic book I am working on is very close to completion, it is a partnership with Turner Mohan and tells the story of Durin and his folk. Stay tuned if that sounds like your thing.
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rezcot Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, that sounds awesome.
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FrancescaBaerald Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2019  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the Watch :+devwatch: !
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Artigas Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019
Keep up the good work! :D
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MetalHarbinger084 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2019
Happy birthday
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2019
Thank you :D
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2019
 Please allow me to wish you a Very Happy Birthday and many Happy Returns of the day, Master Artigas!Clap 
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2019
Thank you very much my dear friend! I hope you had great holidays yourself :D
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2019
 I did indeed, Thank You - with the sole exception of a rather nasty head cold which most definitely put a crimp in my shopping for last year.Oops! 
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