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American Gods: Shadow

Part of a TAFE project to produce a series of Concept Art images for a book of your choice. This is a concept drawing for Shadow from American Gods.

Wacom Tablet + PS.
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Alys-Cait's avatar
Hey, I love this and will be featuring it on my blog ( on the 8th of August, I hope you can find the time to go check it out!
Have a lovely day,
We liked your painting so much that we put it in an italian article about Neil Gaiman (
We obviously indicated you as author of the drawing and linked to your deviant profile as well.
Just to let you know that we've appreciated your work :) (Smile)

Herr Joe & Madame Freida
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AngelicAdonis's avatar
That's pretty awesome! I love the style and the pose! Really nicely done! :D

Good old Shadow :D
DutchOvenSupreme's avatar
if his hair was a little longer you pretty much got the version of shadow in my head
GothicBlackAngel's avatar
Now THAT's a good Shadow! HE looks don't-fuck-with-me enough that his only problem in jail is to kill time :)
Doesn't look particularly like I see him but, hey, that's the point of characters not being described.
I think you also nailed his skin colour I couldn't help but imagine him pale even when I knew he isn't, stupid brain.
luilouie's avatar
Thanks, glad you like it! :)
GirLikeyTacos's avatar
Excellent job capturing Shadow!
DarkledFeline's avatar
I find that most of the other illustrations of Shadow make him seem too thin and frail, portraying him as a pretty bishonen instead of a guy who could be a professional wrestler. They seem to overlook the fact that in the book, he's constantly referred to as "big". You, however, captured him perfectly.

He looks so solid and I love how he's holding the coin; excellent job.
luilouie's avatar
Yeah, i always pictured him as being quite large and intimidating. Thanks! :)
DarkledFeline's avatar
No problem at all!^^
BrazenQuill's avatar
Very good job capturing his character!
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Call-Me-Nimrod's avatar
This is... the BEST depiction of Shadow I've seen so far. well done, honestly. You captured the gruff nature of his character. Good job.
luilouie's avatar
Thanks! Glad you like it :)
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