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Firiona Vie

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Firiona Vie is the "mascot" of EverQuest, an mmorpg I spent about 5 years playing religiously. The character rarely appears in game, just in the lore, but she's on every box so at least references were easy to come by. (I could write a book about my EQ experiences and how important and wonderful it all was to me...but I'll skip that and just talk about the painting instead :D )

I spent waaay longer on this than I originally intended to. I originally meant to just do something rough and be done with it. It was supposed to be an easy, enjoyable appetizer to some much more difficult and challenging projects I'm beginning.

It also used to be a completely different painting, too, but I trashed that one and started over and spent about a week of regular work on this one. The results, however, are MUCH better than I originally even hoped they'd be so I think it all works out. :D

Created entirely in Photoshop, using various refs I took myself and time spent standing in front of a mirror.

7/21/08 Update I'm getting ready to print a new print portfolio, so I fixed a few things about this that were bugging me (mainly her face). Enjoy!
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dagger1's avatar
ZOMG! I was leafing through your gallary and saw this icon and went. "OMG! EVERQUEST!" And thought about the good old days :D

Looove it!! You depitced her very well, she's just as pretty as my figureine was. I got the one that came in tha box. =P
Kibikayuki's avatar
Awesome job on her! :)
calelogan's avatar
Hey Majoh! Congrats on such an amazing picture! Even though it isn't under a Creative Commons license, I took the liberty of using for a post I wrote regarding recent Counter Strike and EverQuest bannings here in Brazil.

It's written in (brazilian) Portuguese so you might not be able to read it. In that case feel free to use any translators or ask me what's going on. Check it out @ [link] and I've given credit to your image as well as posted a link to this address.

Still, let me know if you are satisfied with the reference or would like to propose something else. Other than that, feel free to wander the site, I write both in portuguese and english so you won't be left out.

Cheers!
Pryllia's avatar
This picture is amazing.
purplerose's avatar
Very nice work. I really like the lighting. I think the hand holding the staff could use a bit more work though.
theblock's avatar
Beautiful! I only played EQ briefly myself (Paladin up to 8th level), but always loved the box art with her always by the late great Keith Parkinson; he'd have been very impressed by your rendition I'd imagine! :w00t:
Majoh's avatar
I had no idea he had passed away - I loved his EQ box art so much I kept the boxes for many, many years after I first opened them but never even knew who made them until now. Thank you for telling me :) And thank you for your very kind words about my painting. :)
Presence-III's avatar
Jeez, I >still have the boxes and programs<. Suppose I'll throw 'em away someday.
Sorry that my comment was only critisizm, you really get a great feel of movement in this work its just that small detail cought my eye.

~Presence-III
Presence-III's avatar
Woe, you where standing in that pose in front of a mirror? (sweet)
Seems like there is something funny about the staff, maybe some shadow from the fingers and reflection on the flesh might make it look better.

~Presence-III
Wallcrawler62's avatar
never played everquest, but this painting is awesome, nice work.
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