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The Malazan War Council

Left to right: Brys Beddict The Finadd of the First Empire, Dasem Ultor The Malazan original First Sword, Krughava of the Perish, Onos T'oolan First Sword of the Imass, Fear Sengar, the Edur Warleader and the Mortal sword of Treach: Gruntle

Illustrated in in Photoshop
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Fully digital
Listened to Lorde - Bravado during the concept phase, highly reccomend!

Fanart based off the Malazan Book of the Fallen. All rights to the characters belong to the Authors of the series.
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statusjoe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
Great pic! I really like the interpretation of Dassem Ultor (the best drawing of him I have seen). I also like the iron/blueish hue of Fear Sengar's skin and Gruntle's mad grin.
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Heh thanks for the comment. This image was many things working well together, thanks for sharing what you liked most!
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Diegohol Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
incredible!!! they look amazing!
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RelentlessDefiance1 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Krughava looks a little more manly that I ever imagined, but god damn this is good. Dassem and Fear in particular look amazing. I really like your interpretation of what a Tiste Edur  looks like.
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Krughava was the toughest to get in. She is somewhat manly in her character and every concept I tried landed up showing her that way.

I've done alot of Dassems in the past so I'd like to say I've gotten better at depicting him but fear is a surprise hit. It's my first time trying an Edur the
way I imagine them and it's kinda worked out.

Thanks for Commenting :D
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IronPain Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Wow ! I really like the look of Fear. It would be amazing if you did one where every Tiste race is represented. Rake for the Andii, Osserc for Liosan and Trull/Fear for the Edur
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
heh yeah, thats been suggested a lot. I'll have to try something with Anomander and Osserc definately. 

Thanks for commenting!
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leniwykocur Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Even they did not meet in this team, it still sounds really badass.
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autumn-18 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Awesome! What a brilliant interpretation of Gruntle.
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apollo21cz Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Great like always...I've started to like Fear at the end :)
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Cool
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Sketchy-on-Details Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats an ideal Fear Sir (that'll probably be the image of him in my head as I continue reading). Really, really good attention to detail on his attire. That caravan guard captain on the right there looks ready to defend against an army of fervor incensed cannibals :iconyoyosarcasmplz:..wicked! Fresh in my mind is Itkovian rushing to confirm the rumors of a man wielding twin swords like tusks only to take one glance at the barbed skin Gruntle and know he was no Sword of Fener :giggle:.
 Stout and decaying Tool the I'mass (yea:iconyoyothinkplz:, thats a compliment actually)and as always your Dassem is inspired brotha! (Thought point) I have trouble imagining Brys Beddict with a smile. Even in his interactions with Seren the most (i believe) he managed was a wry grin (a tragic figure no doubt, but cool). This ensemble is well cast Shadaan San. Of the five I'm familiar with they all had isolation points and some had betrayals in common. Individually and outwardly strong of character but with personal doubts within.

:iconbravoplz: A wonderful deviation Sir! Thank you for sharing:iconyoyobowplz:
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Great job.
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NikitaDarkstar Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's a very rough crowd you got there... and by the looks on their faces someone/thing is going to experience some serious pain soon. Great work, it's been a while since I read the books (I need to read the Crippled God, seriously... >.<) so my recollection is a bit off I admit, but as far as I can tell and remember you've captured their personalities quite well. :)
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I have to say its tough to start a new book in this series, even on a high from the last. The beginnings can be...scattered.

The Crippled God is definately worth it in the end though. Read on!

I'm trying to finish OST but I keep getting distracted XD. So I can sympathise :D
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NikitaDarkstar Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I know right? And they often take quite a while to get through! But I'll probably pick up the Crippled God once I'm done with the Amber series, I'd hate to leave the series unfinished after all. Which reminds me, I need to start over on stonewielder. I didn't find it that interesting and didn't get through it, but it's part of it, so I need to! (At least Esslemont is somewhat easier to read...)
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razort300 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
cool
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!
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RoseMalign Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love everything about this! Brilliant work!
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to know I'm heading in the right direction!

Cheers
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CH3Karma Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014   General Artist
Paw Print (Green) - F2U! 
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks!
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147CombatMedic Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Very cool!
Gruntle is pretty awesome!
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah man thanks for commenting :D
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Vasgarth Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely. Instant. Fave.

Amazing work, really ! And I just love Gruntle :D !
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man and Thanks for commenting!
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lordhadrian Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Awesome piece :)
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers bud!
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lordhadrian Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
:D
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zorm Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Haha, the progress of this was so much fun to follow. :D Still see an issue or two with some of the faces, though; if you have a giantess-sized version somewhere--aye, even huger than the dl'ble--I'd try some further refining redlines. :)
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You and Puck been amazing, your crits were a ton of help in the refinement phase, so Thanks for that!

I tend to work at 6800x3000 res with a medium dpi of 300. Can sort out a  bigger version easy. will have to upload it later as broadband data packets are low.
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zorm Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014   Digital Artist
No prob, it was lots of fun. :-D Let me know when you get it uploaded.

And happy birthday!! Have your cake and eat it too 
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Zsoszy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks so great! My favourite here is Dassem - the hand, the hair, the whole pose. I like how you caught their differences in physique. All in all I have to say, it is a 'well-chosen' company. ;)
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I have always felt my stuff lacks that feeling of "difference" between characters that makes Malazan so interesting. I aimed for a balance of contrasts and somehow that worked!
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Very cool
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Dreki Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
<3
Gruntle looks amazing! Well they all look good but love the way you've done him!
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your ideal date? XD
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Dreki Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Possibly, does he purr?

Actually though I liked his character, I was too fixated on some other characters and never really imagined fully how his markings would look -- so this is just awesome!
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmmn Judging by a long history of stoic macho characters I'm gonna have to say unlikely? depends on what happens on the date....?

Gruntle tends to get overshadowed alot. I find it weird because he made MoI for me. Him and Mok represent some of Eriksons most interesting character concepts.
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Dreki Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
With an evil glint like that, anything he wants can happen on the date ;)

There's just such a lot happening (not that I am really complaining!) in the series that it's unfortunately easy for things to get overshadowed :(  I've really got to finish rereading them, there's just so much that didn't sink in fully the first time round!  And as I read through it my favourites changed.  At the end I was really drawn to Dancer, though when she first started into the story I am pretty sure I barely noticed her :/

Want to dance? ;)
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aha! The code has been cracked! Note to self, lose happy smiley face, develop evil glint.

Wait a sec, Dancer is a man...Don't you mean Not-Apsalar the girl Cottilion (original Dancer) possessed? I know I initially didn't expect much from her. She really surprised me later on.

Like REALLY surprised me.
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Dreki Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Heh don't be all evil though, we really don't prefer bad guys!

Yes sorry (Sorry lol) - her! It was some insane hour when I replied. At first I was just jealous of her, I mean possessed by him! Huh! But yeh she went through all that and really seemed so washed out that I never expected much -- then wow

I have a girl crush lol

Really there are so many amazing characters in the books
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roddersm Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, those faces! The guy on the right is one I would not want to mess with.
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
HAhahaha yeah its a rough crowd, Thanks for commenting man.
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