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Drizzt and Entreri by cmalidore Drizzt and Entreri by cmalidore
So, I've not done a fanart for about 2 years now... I figured maybe I could get away with one or two. I don't really enjoy fanart that much, but to be honest I want to give homage to the things that got me into fantasy illustration in the first place - among the list of things are these characters. With homage in mind instead of senseless fanart - I actually enjoyed this piece and looked forward to working on it.

And yeah, I'll still get the obligatory "Why paint Drizzt? he's so over done" comments, but y'know? I honestly don't care.... I'll always get the people who think that dark elf fanart is unoriginal. Oddly enough these are usually the same people who have little redeemable factors about their own work..... but here is hardly the place for that speech.

To those who actually do like fanart, here is Drizzt Do'Urden and Artemis Entreri of the well known RA Salvatore fantasy series through Wizards of The Coast. A few days worth of work, though with plenty of breaks. Put it all together and I could have done this in the better part of a day I imagine.

This was painted in Painter IX over a very( very) rough pencil sketch. I've not used the program for about half a year, so this was a nice way to stretch the fingers a lil :)
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Awsome!
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DarkTemplarX Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHO COULD HATE DRIZZT FAN ART!? Well I for one don't ... anyways this is amazing D: and about five years ago so you've probably improved a lot by now

Thank you google ... you have just made my day :3
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly!
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Camzza Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love tohse action-Drizzt pictures... so, here is one of them :-D
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TheMusicalNight Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011   Writer
Tis le awesome...nuf said.
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Sodomizing-Innocents Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
I've been a Drizzt fan for along time but the development Entreri went through going from Evil to Chatoic Neutral was all it took to convert me to his side.
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cmalidore Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
I've always been drawn to the tragic hero types as well. Here's a guy who's gone through all sorts of hell to discover himself. I've enjoyed the conflict of the character for some time now :nod:.
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TheTaoEngine Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
SCREW those "over done" comments! The rivalry between Drizzt and Entreri is one the most epic of all time!!!
I freaking love this.
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
It truly is over done... but that doesn't mean it can't be enjoyed by fine folks such as yourself :D

Glad you like it!
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TheTaoEngine Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I'm JUST about to start "Homeland" again. I got introduced to the characters during a stint in a military hospital during the Gulf War. One of my friends in the bunk next to me threw me a beat up old copy of "Homeland", and being an RPG dork at the time I bit right away ;) It's just cool to see people still interested in this story after so long. :headbang:
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Homeland is a great one. I was introduced on the Icewind Dale trilogy, but I wish it had been Homeland.
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WargusEstor Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has been featured here: [link]
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pangjunmin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
woot twinkle
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wraith2099 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This turned out way cool.
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it :)
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wraith2099 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem, i like everything about your painting, one of the things that really did it for me is that there's action in your painting. not to many of those around especially when it comes to Drizzt and Entreri.
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Which is why I did it this way - I grew up as an action based artist. Damage from reading too much comics I guess haha. But none the less everyone else seems to do pinups... and that bugs me, gotta get some new flavor in there :)
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wraith2099 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have the right idea. And after seeing your work I think I will attempt a pic with a bit of action, so thank you for the inspiration.
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Best of luck!
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keelerleah Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, you have been featured in my latest news article --> [link]
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly :)
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Those-Strange-Trees Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, I should reread the series someday ;) I really like how you managed to get the background to have such a nice shift from blues to red/orange
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cmalidore Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I love blue cave lighting, so it was worth the switch over, I like using a wide range of colors - tends to breathe more life into a picture :)

I'm glad you like it.

Re-read the series, you know you wanna ;)
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Those-Strange-Trees Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah ;) I just get distracted with the bajillion other books I bought but haven't finished reading >.<

I still have the old paperbacks from when Forgotten Realms was owned by TSR ;_;
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cmalidore Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Ah yes me too, I'm always wanting to re-read em too but always have better things to take care of first or read or whatever. Sad times. I have more Dragonlance than Forgotten Realms, but yeah - the ol TSR books are worth having :)
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HaseoIthen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
I love this. I've only read the Hunter's Blades trilogy though, but it was one of my favorites.

Only one bit of critisism, probably gonna be set upon by pirahnas for it though.

Don't their heads seem a little disproportionate to their bodies? Kinda look like kids when you look at them a certain way. Still, better than anything I can do.
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
No worries, I can take criticism :). The heads are a lil off, I see it mostly on Entreri but I think they're both a bit disproportionate. I never cared enough to fix it, I put so little emphasis on fanart that it never meant much to me.... but I might some day :)
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ahrkin Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
nice one there dude, im a fan of twinkle and icingdeath more than im a fan of drizzt....well done m8
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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vagrant-ferret Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Drizzt is, and will be, awesome.
Kudos on Entreri as well!
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finalfantasyharu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
oooooooo

<3<3<3

very nicely done :3

I love this very very much >:3

drizzt = love
entreri = obsession XOOOO
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
I can't say I'm as huge of a Drizzt fan as I used to be, but the books had a big impact on my art. I'm quite thankful for them ^_^
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finalfantasyharu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
indeed! In fact...it was those books that made me want to write! hahaha of course, i draw more than i write, nowadays...>.> but i'm working on that ^_^
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Mortixz Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
i think you did an exelent job! but the heads are a little big for the bodies.
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
I agree with you, especially with Entrieri.

Thank you for the comment :)
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Mortixz Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
no prob!
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Chihiro14 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
I'm glad I decided to stop by your gallery. You have some fantastic work! I hope to someday be in your realm of skill! :giggle:
This I count among some of the best Drizzt art I've seen; and there's so bloody much of it, I think that says something to me. The mood and lighting is just fantastic! I have nothing negative to say about this. Fave, most definitely.
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
I still think Artemis needs some fixings, but all in all I think it's an alright piece. I took great inspiration from Todd Lockwood, who personally I think does some of the best Drizzt art around (I'm biased though hehe). But yeah, I've noticed an extreme amount of Drizzt art, and wanted to add one to the "acceptable" pile since a lot of it is..... questionable hehehe.

Glad you like it! :D
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Chihiro14 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
I might be giving you too many comments! ^^;
It's definitely one of the best I've seen, and I've seen ALOT of Drizzt art. This without a doubt I will categorize amoung my favourites.
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
The comments are always welcome, I really love helping other artists - so if you ever have questions or anything please don't hesitate to ask :)
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CyborgHamsterMan Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
Wow. Neato, pretty hard core there. Doesn't look all anime like most people tend to make Drizz and Art 'bout here. Like the deatail. :)
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
I grow tired of a lot of the anime-ized characters. The D&D and anime genre's both have a common audience, but in the end the general styles applied to both are pretty different - I try and keep my fanart closer to what it was originally penned as. So I follow the illustrators in this case :).

Half a year later, I'm still fairly happy with how it turned out. Which isn't too bad at all. Usually I hate the pieces after this long.
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PaTXiNaKi Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like that Drizzt vs Artemis fight, who win?
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cmalidore Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
I don't determine the outcome, I just paint the scene in my head :).


Who do you think won?
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PaTXiNaKi Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who won at the book? ;)
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cmalidore Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
They both survived, I would assume that nobody won :)
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dragonsdale Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007   Traditional Artist
same as he said^
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Fatestouch Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007  Student Digital Artist
YEY! Instant Fave *hug*
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hah glad ya like it :D
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Fatestouch Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007  Student Digital Artist
I love these books and the battles are my favorite parts. I'm glad you did a good drawing of both of them ^.^
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