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The Bard Kings

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WALKTHROUGH VIDEO | Character designs and color test 
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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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MossryggHobbyist Traditional Artist
Would you say these are children of the Horned one? :)
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CelticBotanProfessional Digital Artist
They totally could be!
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MossryggHobbyist 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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tu tem uma luz e traduz tudo na arte
que coisa mais linda Botan <3
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CelticBotanProfessional Digital Artist
Fabi sua linda, brigadão <3 <3
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Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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CelticBotanProfessional Digital Artist
THanks a lot! :#1:
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mansoor112Professional Digital Artist
Amazing Work.......Love itHeart 
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CelticBotanProfessional Digital Artist
THanks! =D
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LindArtzHobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning!   Congratulations on your much deserved DD! :clap:
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CelticBotanProfessional Digital Artist
thank you so much!
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Congrats on the DD! I love it Love 
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CelticBotanProfessional Digital Artist
THank you!!
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: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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CelticBotanProfessional Digital Artist
thank you so very much, once more! :love::love::heart:
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mea00Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! Congrats on the DD
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CelticBotanProfessional Digital Artist
THank you! =D
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MyMakersDaughterStudent Digital Artist
Wow~ SO beautiful! Lovely details, lighting, and colors! GREAT job, and congratulations on the Daily Deviation! :D
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CelticBotanProfessional Digital Artist
THank you so much!! :party:
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I had to look up Eluveitie, this is spot on!  Well done!!
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CelticBotanProfessional Digital Artist
THey are amazing! =D
THanks a lot!!
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MoltenkittyStudent 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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CelticBotanProfessional Digital Artist
THank you!
Yes! I absolutely love Eluveitie! :love:
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MoltenkittyStudent General Artist
You're welcome ! Agreed to the 100 percent :love:
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