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The Bard Kings by CelticBotan The Bard Kings by CelticBotan
WALKTHROUGH VIDEO | Character designs and color test 
Wip shots on Instagram:  
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"At the rise of a new dawn rose the children of the sun 
To inhabit a kingdom augustly crowned in rock mass vast

All lakes are sanctuaries, like covert nemetons 
All forests are hallowed, blest groves of an invictus tribe"
("LUXTOS", by Eluveitie)

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I remember having the idea for this by the end of 2013, when I was in a bus road trip back to my hometown, listening to Eluveitie and suddenly I thought of "the bard kings" name, followed by the image of the band all dressed in medieval-like clothes and such in a forest, instruments in their hands, and looking bad ass. I really liked the idea but I didn't have the energy nor the knowledge to paint this back then, and I had not seen them live yet by then, something that I was only able to do on April this year, and in April still is that's when I had the courage to start this - and only finished by now, as you can see, haha. I stopped a lot, but this was by far my most ambitious piece, featuring 8 people playing medieval instruments, and even more scattered down there. While I am aware the composition could have been a lot better, I am also aware this was the best I could do now, and knowledge will come with time, for more complex poses and backgrounds and stuff. Probably one of my top fave paintings ever - not only because it was the most intricate work I've done, but lso because Eluveitie's music means a lot to me, for personal reasons. And because they are the cutest ever, contradicting all the expectations we could have from their music, haha.

About the painting
I wanted to play with the folk/mithological side of their music, by making them these deer-elves creatures; I like to think it would be as if they were there and alive since the begining and all the music they play now and lyrics are based on things they witnessed in the past, the Gaulish and miths and wars. And their music is their magic, of course! In this composition I wanted them to look like as if they were just hanging out, playing and composing in this forest. The raven started as a reference to "Quoth the Raven" and ended up being Anna's little familiar pet, because that would be really cool! =D Antlers and horns are a symbol for power and royalty, so I thought it would be very fitting for the piece and their personality I guess - and with the deer ears, and flowers, it would look adorable as hell, not gonna lie! :XD: 

Also, as I said up there I started this painting months ago, before Nicole had left the band and Shir-Ran assumed, that's why Nicole is still playing the violin part here.

A little fun fact: that instrument next to Nicole isn't a violin, but a rabeca - a rustic violin of Portuguese-Brazilian origin, largely used in Northeastern Brazilian music! I thought it would be nice to add a small BR touch ;)

Also, with Florence Welch as a Sun Goddess, Anneke van Giersbergen, Kari Rueslatten and Liv Kristine as mermaidsTarja Turunen as a Water Goddess and Sharon den Adel being both a Light Goddess and Dragon Queen, Cristina Scabbia as a seraphim-like deity and Rihanna as a snow Kitsune, I guess I officially have a music/metal RPG world full of magical creatures! :XD: *-*

Enjoy! :wave:

TOOLS:
Paint Tool SAI | Wacom Bamboo Pen | Photoshop CS6 | Camtasia Studio and Recorder 8

TIME: 
+50h, in which 37h were recorded in this video and sped up 2000x


Art and concept (c) Celtic Botan - DO NOT USE, ALTER OR COPY.
Eluveitie (c) Cernunnos, and all the Multitask Deities available, holy hell. And themselves.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2016-01-08
CelticBotan captures a sense of magic, wonder, and music in The Bard Kings.  From the suggester: " So dreamy and beautiful, with a magical feeling." ( Suggested by Minato-Kushina and Featured by TsaoShin )
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Mossrygg Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would you say these are children of the Horned one? :)
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
They totally could be!
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:iconmossrygg:
Mossrygg Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Took 7 months and 14 days to finaly say..
I am hearing the song "The Bard's Song" by various artists in my head when lookin at this ^^
i need to unfave this and fave it again
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:iconfabi-the-chamelleon:
Fabi-The-Chamelleon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016
tu tem uma luz e traduz tudo na arte
que coisa mais linda Botan <3
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Fabi sua linda, brigadão <3 <3
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
THanks a lot! :#1:
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:iconmansoor112:
mansoor112 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing Work.......Love itHeart 
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
THanks! =D
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:iconlindartz:
LindArtz Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning!   Congratulations on your much deserved DD! :clap:
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much!
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:iconxandraclay:
xandraclay Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Congrats on the DD! I love it Love 
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
THank you!!
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:iconminato-kushina:
Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
:iconcongratsddplz: Many congratulations, my dear, you so deserve it! Clap It's a really beautiful, dreamy and colorful drawing! Heart

Keep up your talented job! :hug:
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so very much, once more! :love::love::heart:
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:iconmea00:
mea00 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! Congrats on the DD
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
THank you! =D
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:iconmymakersdaughter:
MyMakersDaughter Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Wow~ SO beautiful! Lovely details, lighting, and colors! GREAT job, and congratulations on the Daily Deviation! :D
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
THank you so much!! :party:
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:iconredraynor:
redraynor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
I had to look up Eluveitie, this is spot on!  Well done!!
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
THey are amazing! =D
THanks a lot!!
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:iconmoltenkitty:
Moltenkitty Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student General Artist
Lol that's an extremely creative idea. Love that it was inspired by Eluveitie :D Their music is great :love: Congratz on the DD! :clap: :heart:
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
THank you!
Yes! I absolutely love Eluveitie! :love:
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:iconmoltenkitty:
Moltenkitty Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student General Artist
You're welcome ! Agreed to the 100 percent :love:
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:iconwolfguard22:
Wolfguard22 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
Nice piece, congrats on getting DD.
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot! =D
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:iconjoaoneto07:
joaoneto07 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
Eluveitie <3
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
*toca air hurdy gurdy* -q :love:
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:iconjoaoneto07:
joaoneto07 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
BOA CELTIC!!!1 AEEEEEEEE :D
- João Neto
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
AEEEE, VALEU JÃO!! :party::#1:
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:iconlostgryphin:
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
stunning work
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!!
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gryffindorhg Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
Isn't it strange that this reminds me of Thorin's company from The Hobbit? (even though none of them are female there =P)

This looks so magical I could almost hear them playing!! And the colours and composition are absolutely beautiful :D Love it!
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh well, it is high fantasy after all, can't blame you for that! :XD:
Thanks a lot!! I really wanted it to have this whimsical, dreamy feeling to it! =D
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:iconfilhotedeleao:
filhotedeleao Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Um DD! Parabéns!! Clap 
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
AFE, SIM *0* /sai pulando *__* 

Valeuzão! =D
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:iconandorada:
Andorada Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: enchanting! :heart:
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you! :love:
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:iconmr-ripley:
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats on DD =D
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
THank you! :party:
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:iconrebellinglemming:
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thank you a lot!!
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tfantoni Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
ARRAZÔ BICHA =D =D =D eu tava MORRENO de curiosidade pra ver esse trem pronto com aquela caralhada infinita de wips, hahahah! parabéns pelo feito, gata! ficou muito massa! \o/
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Valeu!! =D
FOi uma treta inacreditavel, mas valeu a pena *_*
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:icontfantoni:
tfantoni Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
com certeza valeu ^^ aposto que aprendeu uma penca de coisa no processo, né vdd \o\
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:iconpreyote:
Preyote Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
What it would look like if Cernunnos had sons
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty much! =D
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:iconjokerkiing:
jokerkiing Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
oh this is so beautiful and magical. it looks so cozy wish i was there  
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
THank you so much! =D
I wanted it to feel very whimsical indeed, because that's the impression celtic/folk music gives to me, even if followed by metal riffs and grunts! haha
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jokerkiing Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
lol, well you definitely captured the feeling 
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