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Dread Wolf
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By KaanaMoonshadow   |   Watch
Published: August 29, 2017
Ah, Solas, you lovable egg! Meow :3

I think this is actually the first piece of Dragon Age Inquisition fan art that I've created. I liked the game well enough, but it somehow failed to... grab me, if you will. While I'd objectively call it a good game I never built a connection to it like I did with previous Dragon Age titles, or the Mass Effect series. So there was also no real inspiration or drive to create some fan art... until I started a new game with a Dalish rogue and romanced Solas!

My first Inqui was a human mage and even though she was best pals with Solas already the interaction with the egg became all the more interesting and deliciously dramatic when my Elven lady romanced him, and because I like him and his romance so much we can celebrate some fan art of him today! :D

This artwork shows more work with Zbrush, namely:

- my own Solas face morph
- my own Dread Wolf creature morph
- a pelt object draped over his chest

I have to say that Zbrush is really growing on me, and I plan on using it for some proper modeling soon to learn all its functions so that it can help me lift my art to the next level! :w00t:

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Tools of the Trade: Carrara 8.5, Zbrush 4R8, Photoshop CS 5
Website: www.artbunnycreations.com
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WickedPrince's avatar
Nicely done. I liked the game, but I was constantly in stitches because of the conversations of Iron Bull, Sera and Vivienne. Bull and Sera were constantly coming up with utterly insane schemes, Sera was always trying to get Viv's goat and failing utterly, and I was always laughing.

Admittedly a lot of it felt tedious - my completionist obsession kept me trying to gather stupid wooden horses from all over extensive properties you could never return to, or trying to find glowing shards that were in areas I couldn't seem to reach. But otherwise the game seemed pretty solid. I would guess that my one personal gripe is that for a hetero male player playing a hetero male character I have VERY FEW interesting romance options. Cassandra was pretty much it and she looked like she'd been ridden hard and put up wet - not very appealing. It would have been a tiny bit different if they'd made Sera Bi instead of Lesbian.

I did my first run with a female Dalish mage. Since then I've tried to imagine what else I would try - I've started building several characters but set them aside because I wasn't that intrigued by the idea of playing them. I'm still curious enough though that I want to grab the DLCs that give us more on Solas so we can figure out what the heck was going on with him. I mean I've got a pretty solid idea, but I'd like the whole story, you know?

I was/am considering a second run with a female elf rogue, and using Solas and Vivienne and one of the warrior guys to see how they interact.
KaanaMoonshadow's avatar
KaanaMoonshadowProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D

Aye, DAI was a good game all in all. I just feel Bioware didn't really know how to do Open World/large quest areas well, so many of the larger areas turned very tedious very fast. I mean, whoever greenlighted the continuous 3-minute-mob-respawn deserves an arrow to the knee! CURSE YOU!

I'm a tad worried right now we might never see a satisfying solution to Solas's story, simply because Bioware seems to be in troubled waters since Andromeda's negative reception and "failure". Let's hope I'm wrong, and DA4 will give us another great entry to the series.
WickedPrince's avatar
Well EA/BioWare aren't going to let a set-back kill them until it KILLS them. Anthem for instance looks cool although it's just another MMO that will get terribly boring once you finish the leveling "story." I don't like doing PvP and I hate doing Raids because I always get targeted if the group is having trouble. And often as not I may in fact be the problem. I'm good enough to play day-to-day stuff, but I can never master the 3-step tango you have to master to fight the raid bosses - that NEVER get used again in any other fight.

The fact that ME had problems makes total sense when you realize that nearly everybody who was involved in the first three games quit when they were forced to re-write the ending of ME3 in mid-stream. The change was insisted on by corp execs who refused to take the blame when their re-write idea failed and shortly after the heat started coming in at the bad ending most of the creative time quit because they were tired of taking the blame for something that wasn't their choice or their fault. All that was left were they guys who wrote the ME3 multiplayer mode and they didn't really have to write much for that. They were pretty much little fish being thrown into the deep end of the pool to see if they'd sink or swim.

Anyways, I haven't yet picked up the DAI DLCs that include more story so I'm curious to see what is revealed in those. I know a major one involved a Qunari invasion, but I know little about the rest.
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MsTaz511 Digital Artist
Yay Solas! <3
My first playthrough I romanced Blackwall. Cos i thought Solas was a snob. but my friend convinced me to romance Solas my next playthrough and now I can't -NOT- romance him. Beautiful piece of art. :D
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KaanaMoonshadowProfessional Digital Artist
Heh, yes. I romanced Cullen the first time around, and that was a very sweet and well-done romance. But then I tried Solas, and now I also have a hard time to romance anyone else. Such delicious drama! :giggle:
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MsTaz511 Digital Artist
Cullen is definitely adorable <3
Trespasser DLC really solidified my love for Solas, such a great, well written character!
KaanaMoonshadow's avatar
KaanaMoonshadowProfessional Digital Artist
I wonder if we'll ever get a proper solution for the Solavellan romance? DA4 development seems to go through some troubling waters right now. :| (Blank Stare) 
MsTaz511's avatar
MsTaz511 Digital Artist
I can only hope so. I simply did not get enough of Solas in DA3 Heart 
Noswenn's avatar
Very nice morph, he kinda reminds me of 47 (Hitman)...
And those textures are great!
Lovely work!
KaanaMoonshadow's avatar
KaanaMoonshadowProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :D And it's probably the egghead? I can well see why you think of Hitman when you see this!
archseer's avatar
very nicely done!!! always love your fan art work, they are inspirational
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KaanaMoonshadowProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks! That really means a lot to me. :cuddle:
archseer's avatar
always a pleasure! :D
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SarahMillerCreationsProfessional Digital Artist
Nicely done! The textures look great, and I really like how you did the face morph, armor, and overall composition! :) 
I too romanced the egg on a later playthrough, and it was such a different experience. His romance is so beautifully tragic and well-written; I'm glad to hear it gave you a more enjoyable DA:I game!
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KaanaMoonshadowProfessional Digital Artist
Hehe, beautifully tragic is well said. ;)

If they treat him right in DA4 and we might actually get a chance at some proper closure for his romance with the Inquisitor it might actually be one of my favourite romances of all time. I'm glad to hear you like the artwork as a whole! :glomp:
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Ariel-XHobbyist Digital Artist
I think your Solas looks 1000 times better that the one in the game.:heart:  (he didn't like my 80 disco elf, she was too "human" :D)
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KaanaMoonshadowProfessional Digital Artist
:D

I got lucky; my intellectual pro-Mage Inquisitors usually got along with Solas just fine. ;p I'm glad to hear you like how he turned out! :w00t:

But how did you like DAI? Had a good time playing it? ;)
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Ariel-XHobbyist Digital Artist
I have played it through twice. My Disco Elf magician got over Solas - tried to flirt with Cassandra and ended up with Josephine instead. :D I played another play through with a warrior who ended up with Bull :D I like it, but it was something last gen that held it back. It feelt like a converted PS3 game.  I hope they make a new one, it is about time. :D I really like the Dragon Age mythology and world.  
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KaanaMoonshadowProfessional Digital Artist
I like the mythology as well!

I feel the end of Trespasser teased that the next game might take place in Tewinter, and I'd love that. :D It's time for a snobby Tewinter mage protagonist, if you ask me!!

But it seems there are quite a few conflicting rumours about the Dragon Age franchise. There were some tweets that indicated Bioware is working on a DA title, but not a proper DA4 but rather some kind of new spin-off game? I hope that's not true. I need more RPGs in my life! D:
Thalia-Dawnbringer's avatar
Thalia-DawnbringerHobbyist Writer
This guy broke a lot of hearts in Inquisition - I'm interested in seeing where they take his character in the next installment =)

He looks amazing in this!
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KaanaMoonshadowProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks, dear - I'm really glad to hear you like this artwork! :iconnewglomp:

I'm also very interested to see where Bioware will go with DA4. I hope they won't ruin Solas; they have the chance to create a really cool storyline now, with people being already invested in it after playing DAI. Let's hope Bioware can still make magic happen. ;)
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ObscuroArcanumProfessional Digital Artist
Loving the colours in this one!
KaanaMoonshadow's avatar
KaanaMoonshadowProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad to hear it! :D
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