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Malyck Portrait Painting by Landylachs Malyck Portrait Painting by Landylachs

“Malyck is no one. He comes from nowhere. On one hand, I am sorry for him. He has no roots. On the other, I am envious. He can become whatever he chooses. I hope he chooses well.” - Amaranda the Lonesome, from The Nightmare Harbinger

In the excitement leading up to HoT's launch, I completely forgot to upload this painting of Malyck to DA! I was quite afraid to find out what fate awaited him in HoT, but don't worry, I'm going to keep this post spoiler-free. Please try to keep any comments spoiler-free, as well, since many have not completed the story yet. :)

My main attention in HoT during the launch week was not over the story, but on those gorgeous, gigantic new maps. Such artistry! The art direction for vanilla GW2 blew my mind when I first experienced it, and I think they have surpassed that initial sense of wonder and awe with HoT. It has this lovely experience of being like you're walking around in a concept art painting - the maps are expansive enough that they evoked that sense of an open world like when playing the older Zelda games for the first time. And the ambient animation! I tried taking some screenshots, but they do not do the beauty crafted in these maps justice. And the music! The first time I walked into Auric Basin, hearing that exquisitely composed string arrangement, while viewing these golden cities, just breathtaking! Serious kudos to the art & sound team at ArenaNet, fantastic, fantastic environment work.

Incidentally, I did finish the story last night, mainly because I was starting to become concerned I would accidentally stumble across a spoiler, haha. I have many thoughts about the story, but I'll save them for a future post and clearly mark that there will be spoilers in the description. I don't think I will do any artwork that feature spoilers, though. All the ideas I want to do now have almost nothing to do with how the story ended up turning out, haha.

I only wish I had more time to experience more of all the detail packed into this expansion, I've barely gotten through the second and third maps, and have not had a chance to check out the fourth map aside from the snippet instances the story leads you through. November is looking to be very busy, but I'm glad I was able to schedule time to experience some of the excitement during launch week. :) Think that's the first time I've had the opportunity to do that! Much hype and fun! And now too many ideas I want to paint, I need to find time to do them all. D:

Here's this painting posted on tumblr here

And here’s the original sketch
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CatloversPaw Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017
Hm... in the meantime I just finished playing the HoT storyline (don't blame me: I had to get myself a new computer first - laptop's pretty much s*** with GW2... unfortunately...). Question: did Malyck make an appearence? I mean, at all? I did remember him the whole time, played the storyline where he is introduced several times (if you play via laptop, the only thing you can do is leveling... high end stuff like fractals, not possible), but there is no mentioning of him or any other Sylvari that might originate of those other (yet) unknown groves...
Yes, there is a little spoiler in this comment, but I think by now everybody knows what I mean... or otherwise hopefully don't pay attention to this :P
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CatloversPaw Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017
Thanks a lot for that link. Shame it doesn't really answer anything... not really... The reason I keep my distance from sides like reddid is simply because they provide more questions and no real answers at all (I admid, I'm all about finding out something; guessing can be fun but mostly it makes me mad after a while and I quit). What I think it a big short-comming for GW2 (in comparison with WoW, a game where the story dates back about 25 millenia): the story, as brilliant as it is, is often very shallow and it is difficult to dig any deeper. At least (big plus), we finally get to know what happend to Livia! First, seeing her finding the Scepter of Orr in the EotN end-cinematic, and second her appearence in the novel about the founding of Lions Arch... One question answered - with about a hundered remaining :D
About Malyck, maybe the reason they didn't let him make any appearence was that only sylvari players with that specific character-creation-choice (I think it was something like "where life goes, so too should you") would ever know about him? Introducing him to other characters could be difficult and might sway attention away from the main story arc... Just guessing here. But one thing other players seem to be irrited about, too, is that bunch of loose ends.
Btw, do you know anything about the elonian refugees in Lions Arch? I was hoping for a clue in the Living Story I just finished, but other than that Braham's throwing a tantrum and Dragon's Watch seemingly going down the same road as Destiny's Edge (the whole breaking up part, I mean), there isn't anything about them. Was there anything at all with them yet which I missed?
Sorry for throwing my own little tantrum here ^^° Good thing it's friday!
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you have a new computer now! :D

You are correct! I was likewise hoping to see him in the story, but Malyck did not make an appearance in HoT. The Story Lead for HoT, Matthew Medina, addressed the question of Malyck a few months back on Reddit - as many were likewise curious about what happened to him!
You can read his comment here - I thought he was insightful! www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/co…

I hope I answered your question! Feel free to let me know if you have any others!
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Shinmoe Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016
Question: Did you also took a ton of pictures of sylvaris (This time Malyck) so you'll have tons of reference to work with? Or is it just me?

PS: Oh god I love Malyck so much, this is beautiful, I love the style you drew it in ^^ I hope I can reach such point too
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I have a screenshot of Malyck I took ages ago from one of the first times I did the personal story - I mainly use that screenshot to check that I didn't forget any of his major distinguishing features, mainly for his facial ornaments and his outfit! I unfortunately didn't take a ton of screenshots of him otherwise.

I'm happy you like Malyck and my artwork of him - you will definitely reach this point and beyond! :)
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TaiusQuinn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016   Digital Artist
Oh man, the details in this are just gorgeous!
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I would love to finish another painting of Malyck. :)
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NAK246 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! That's amazing! He looks so cool!!!
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm happy you like how he turned out!
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Ava2014 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
OMG I LOVE HIM IN GUILD WARS!!!!
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, me too! :D Probably my second favorite character.
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World-Inside-Me Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
This is absolutely beautiful! =D The blending and use of colour is simply perfect as always! =D 

Ahem... ummm... What is HoT ? ... What is all your description about? ^^;; I'm assuming it's a game by maps but...  S-sorry.. 
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, I'm happy you like him!

All good, no need to apologize! It stands for Heart of Thorns, which is the name of an expansion that just came out for Guild Wars 2, a PC game. :)
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World-Inside-Me Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
ah I see! =D Thank you for letting me know~ =D 
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Wundertastisch Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Great piece!
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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Wundertastisch Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
You are most welcome :hug:
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Wolfguard22 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Beautiful work :).
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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Anastasiy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Inspiring work! The colors are amazing
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much, Anastasiy! I'm happy you enjoy the colors. :)
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Shade-of-Stars Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it! He looks great, his coat, hair, colors - everything is just so beautiful.
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, Ilnere! I'm happy you like him. :)
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yukito-chan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg Leaves for hair? They're leaves, right?
Ah, you'll have to excuse me; I'm not too familiar with Guild Wars. |D
Even then, this looks great, that coat is superb, almost life-like...Though I'm really drawn to that hair. But you know me; I like hair a lot.
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yup, they can grow leaves for hair, and can also grow leaves for their armor and clothes. :)
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