Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
About Deviant ObsidianTranceMale/United States Recent Activity
Deviant for 4 Years
Needs Core Membership
Statistics 586 Deviations 4,729 Comments 23,029 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

Inheritance by ObsidianTrance Inheritance :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 5 0 The Unicorn by ObsidianTrance The Unicorn :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 7 0 Ilinca Arcturus by ObsidianTrance Ilinca Arcturus :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 6 0 Runaway Carriage by ObsidianTrance Runaway Carriage :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 2 0 Tulamar of the Moons by ObsidianTrance Tulamar of the Moons :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 4 0 Transition by ObsidianTrance Transition :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 1 1 BDay- Phantom Menaces by ObsidianTrance BDay- Phantom Menaces :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 7 1 Dusk Merloci~Illustration A by ObsidianTrance Dusk Merloci~Illustration A :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 11 4 Vetrise and Cachusa by ObsidianTrance Vetrise and Cachusa :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 11 1 Princess Knight II by ObsidianTrance Princess Knight II :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 32 4 Marte Valence by ObsidianTrance Marte Valence :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 22 1 Tianite Female by ObsidianTrance Tianite Female :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 12 12 Rema by ObsidianTrance Rema :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 28 6 The Younger Kotoba by ObsidianTrance The Younger Kotoba :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 13 1 Sellah 2 by ObsidianTrance Sellah 2 :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 18 4 Charon 2 by ObsidianTrance Charon 2 :iconobsidiantrance:ObsidianTrance 31 15


TATAKAE! RYO! by HarakiriArtist TATAKAE! RYO! :iconharakiriartist:HarakiriArtist 53 5 [Commission] Jagi Cirno by HarakiriArtist [Commission] Jagi Cirno :iconharakiriartist:HarakiriArtist 23 7 Random Sketch 74 by HarakiriArtist Random Sketch 74 :iconharakiriartist:HarakiriArtist 27 6 Enfer 26 by Ruedefaux Enfer 26 :iconruedefaux:Ruedefaux 127 21 Querida 6 by Ruedefaux Querida 6 :iconruedefaux:Ruedefaux 54 2 Acier 3 by Ruedefaux Acier 3 :iconruedefaux:Ruedefaux 128 8 Calypso Chamber 8 by Ruedefaux Calypso Chamber 8 :iconruedefaux:Ruedefaux 89 5 El Cuento De La Puta Madre by Ruedefaux El Cuento De La Puta Madre :iconruedefaux:Ruedefaux 64 1 Davy Jones by Ruedefaux Davy Jones :iconruedefaux:Ruedefaux 112 17 Calypso 3 by Ruedefaux Calypso 3 :iconruedefaux:Ruedefaux 129 9 ENPHER 23 by Ruedefaux ENPHER 23 :iconruedefaux:Ruedefaux 63 4 Mabel 7 by Ruedefaux Mabel 7 :iconruedefaux:Ruedefaux 95 9 Mother Goose by Ruedefaux Mother Goose :iconruedefaux:Ruedefaux 98 6 Mami-san Is Dead by Ruedefaux Mami-san Is Dead :iconruedefaux:Ruedefaux 88 14 Misery-chan - Other Breath by SketchMeNot-Art Misery-chan - Other Breath :iconsketchmenot-art:SketchMeNot-Art 157 19 Misery-chan - Plucked by SketchMeNot-Art Misery-chan - Plucked :iconsketchmenot-art:SketchMeNot-Art 103 8




ObsidianTrance's Profile Picture
United States
Obsidian Trance is an independent narrative illustrator whose goal is to tell a story with the art in which he creates. His favourite theme to explore within his work is that of fantasy, which he depicts through characters of his own creation, dwelling in old-styled settings and environments that consist of magic and the like. Every now and then, he explores more modern day themes through depictions of more modern-looking characters and settings as well. His illustration is defined greatly through his attention to fine, complicated details, figure drawing, and colour usage—ranging from monochrome colour palettes to completely vibrant ones. One of his favourite illustration methods is portraiture.

He enjoys exploring different methods of approaching his work, such as compositions and angles, colouring methods, and drawing styles. His work ranges from simple portraits to full complex illustrations with interesting angles to characters.

As a creator, he enjoys character developing, world building, and story telling. Each story he writes consists of complex characters with detailed personality traits and backgrounds, and settings full of history and new concepts which he created himself, such as terms, languages, and the like. His story telling can be defined through his descriptive word choices and poetic flow, and in some cases, carries an olden-day vibe.

He aspires one day to finish his stories, complete with illustrations he made himself to acompany them, and put them into hardcopies for the world to see.


Viennrose Requiem with his daughter and heir, Viennrosette Adriana. I'd yet to draw them together much less have something for this story any time recent. I shouldn't jump around so much, but...
guess I'm going wherever the idea and inclination is heading ^^; Pushing my painting skills still and an obvious improvement with more shadowing and tones.

After note: The serpent is the main focus of this piece...
Ilinca Arcturus
I'll admit the most fun thing to draw on Ilinca is her hair. I don't know why, it's somewhat a ridiculously flamboyant style, Dracula (1994) reference even. Not aiming for the short and fiery stereotype with her personality, but it can come off that way because of her rigid, yet well-meaning views. She's uncompromising when she knows she's in the right as she was reared to be. She is the supporting anchor for Engel, who became responsible for her and Rochel once sent out on their own, and second mother to their baby sister. Everything is to restore the family name right down to taking up the sciences. The blood proves legitimacy, potential to be uncovered anew or once again to her. Vetrise was to carry this on given her propensity toward the study and their name, Cachusa their name and gift with the artes, and Varen being meant to carry on House Cardinal. Everything is meticulous other than the shared love of the creative artes, passed down to the most recent generation of Arcturus.
Runaway Carriage
Trying to do some more creature and monsters these days and this was birthed from such an endeavor. Finding a reference for the carriage was beyond necessary since don't have them dedicated to memory in all their most unseen parts, but overall the concept came from a dream (rare one) about my story, Lost Children. Rema and Miriam were attacked by two abyssal corruptions, the Madaon Stalker This one was more trying to run Miriam over and had wounded her already. Very Bloodbornish setting and all, so I was happy haha!

The names for each component of the abomination are: Screaming Skull, Abandoned Infant, Wailing Ancient, Laughing Coach, Cursed Witch and Carrion Beast.
Tulamar of the Moons
OC illustration for first Moon Tribe protagonist in Eternity: Laodicea. I should draw more of his race, but so far Hannah and himself. It's not hard, just...focusing on one story currently, need to do proper concepts for all races, and life XP This was a fun one to do, only trying to find a good look for his fur was holding me back for months (so it collected dust). I think I've done the ol' boy a solid with this~
  • Listening to: Computer low hum, cars drive by and Rue on iPhone
  • Reading: Nothing at the moment
  • Watching: Nothing currently
  • Playing: Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (just finished)
  • Eating: pizza
  • Drinking: Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai Tea
Likely only able to speak from personal experience and opinion, there's so many ways to get to two places as someone gifted as or preserver to be an artist. Weathering the storms that come with it;personal and outer challenges and settling into complacency. It probably might mean the difference between someone that does it for the enjoyment alone or as a profession of some kind, but it's quite known how hard it can be. The first and biggest battle is finding your reason and motivation to continue. If not, we quit, we stagnate and settle where we know we could do so much more. No one can push you harder than yourself and disciplines, habits and practice keep many going. Just like anything we try and improve at. Doubt can be severe, off days can mount on top of it all and there's no easy way to make it out. Each person has that something that gets us through or maybe we make it out finally before that happens, fortunately.
Another is motivation by others. Or even discouragement. To me, honesty is the biggest thing that will help anyone, be it acquaintance of a peer, friend or family. If you can't be honest about their strengths and weaknesses, you're doing no better than them in their slump. You also have to be open with those willing to listen about where you need to improve; seeking a critique one-on-one before taking on a community of fellow artists. You HAVE to have a thick skin to hear what you don't like or want to or else you will never make it as a professional or even dare share your work with others. Failure, error, learning from it is where perfection comes from or at least the knowledge of it to reach your goals. Have a good support system that will build you up and also be honest; doesn't matter if an artist or not. Non-artists may not have technical skill or knowledge, but basics are often missed that anyone can notice or at least bring to mind.
To me, support is more than a like or fav, but someone that will tell me what I'm doing wrong if they spot it or I ask for their opinion. That helps me get better, just the same as someone liking a picture of my pizza I make doesn't make me a better cook. Even if someone is trying to do their worst in bringing you down, maybe what their saying is true as well, but believing you can get past and grow is going to outweigh any harsh words given.
There's also the truth that life situations may require doing something else rather than our passion. It's hard, painful, but that doesn't mean in those quiet moments, no matter how sparring, that time to create will do more than lamenting the days when having a whole or even half a day to devote to it.
Taking care of ourselves is most important of all. If you can properly put thought together or ruin your body to the point doing art is impossible, where the risks worth it? Again, like any sort of training/practice, we have to take care of the instruments that drive us or just like a machine, it will break down. Not maybe, will. Long hours devoted to art shows passion, but even that has its limits. Proper rest helps those trying to get in shape, so does it shapen up the brain at the same time. Diet plays an important role in brain function, the central unit that our creativity sparks. If so bogged down by external forces that slow it down or diminish it, then likely things will be shortened various ways. There's so much more I could say and go into, but I think I've gotten out a lot of the thoughts I've considered myself and know of.

A lifelong endeavor is a winding road with the best and worst in store, yet anything can be said to be the same. Even if I feel like I've given up on something, I'm sure to devote myself to something else in its stead. That way, somewhere down the line, I'll come back to what it is I want to try at, be that a passion or hobby.


Add a Comment:
Ruedefaux Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017
*curls up on your page like a kitty* meow~ :heart:
ObsidianTrance Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017
Hello~ I thought you left me something last night ^_^
Ruedefaux Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017
Hehe i did~
D-r-e-a-m-Catcher Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave!
yukinatti Featured By Owner Edited Nov 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the favorites and the watch!
I really appreciate your advice. I think you're special.
Best wishes;) (Wink) 
Frontear-Official Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks for adding our work to your collection~! :3

- Vector-Didact 
NikiKalat Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your faves! :3
ObsidianTrance Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017
You're most welcome!
yukinatti Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for commenting on my picture. I respect an attitude toward your art.
Have a good day.:D (Big Grin) 
Add a Comment: