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Brother's Envy

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Published: January 15, 2008
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Damn this thing was difficult. Started it in December-something and merely now got ready. :dead:

Commentplz. Silence kills kittens. :noes:

Also, tl;dr down thar. :noes::noes::noes:

Novel-related, but rather from the elvish mytho-reality than an actual plot point. Long ere the Dusk, the brethren Lhietd and Vhai'noch were born to King Ygh'mir. As unruly, young princelings they pursued their own adventures in many wild lands, and even arrived at (the northern) Earth, which the Rha-kan'Ockians had named halflinghome due to the quirkily pink-skinned, small-stature folk therein which yet could breed with the elvenkin. In those days odd beasts and dragons still roamed the Earth, and the brethren became the heroes and kings of the 'halflings', as they slew hideous monsters and fought enemy forces with their magic. Also, as is the nature of the G'Uhageids, they hardly could keep their fingers off the fair, soft womenfolk of the North.

Things however slowly changed. Lhietd and Vhai'noch had been the best of friends for tens of millennia and shared adventures in the weirdest corners of the fifteen spheres of the world, but the success of the previous gradually started tearing at Vhai'noch's nerves. He was the elder brother, but as Ygh'mir finally died, the kingship of Rha-kan'Ocka was granted to Lhietd. That was scarcely the whole story: Lhietd far exceeded Vhai'noch's skill in magic-wielding, not to mention his success with women. Lhietd then again bore no enmity towards his brother: as he became king over the elves, he bade Vhai'noch to remain in the court and share the riches he had collected from all over the outerland worlds.

Vhai'noch nevertheless found such settled life irritating and boring, and furthermore came to hate Lhietd's growing eccentricities, and the bad taste that manifested itself blaringly in things like architecture and color choices (Who the frag would have wanted to stay for years in a room with bright orange walls that were magickened to blink with various neon-green ornaments?) As a bonus, Lhietd's overstuffed harems were a humongous stumbling-stone. It became ever harder for him to stifle certain urges. Also women he would have liked mainly regarded him as a kind of grandfather figure due to his hair that had turned white quite early on.

Eventually the toll of jealousy caused a severe enmity to break out between the brothers. Vhai'noch journeyed back into the halflingland where he always had been the most at home, amid the wild nature and nigh-on everlasting adventures. He became the king of the North there, and tens of millennia passed without the brothers seeing one another. But neither was Vhai'noch's satisfaction in the beyondlands everlasting. Tides changed, the minds of the halflings changed, and eventually he sailed away from the halflinghome in his airborne copper skiff, sorely disappointed to life and the strivings of men.

As Vhai'noch arrived back to the elvenland as a wizened, thin sage at the mighty age of 140000, he for his horror learned that Lhietd had died twenty thousand years agone without the tidings ever reaching him. Deep down, he had never truly hated his brother, and the existence of an unsettled hostility became a great yoke on his ancient shoulders. Hence, ere he himself passed on, he made one great journey into the Underworld to seek out Lhietd in order to settle the dispute. Thereafter, for the first time in tens of millennia, Vhai'noch was able to live with a peace in his heart unto his death some decades later.

Shameless Finnish mythology spoofs here, but since nobody else does it, I can. ;P

What's in the picture:

King Lhietd sits amongst a couple of his wives in the left. He's perhaps around 40000, while Vhai'noch in the right is about 60000. He has been white-haired nonetheless ever since the current age of Lhietd. The southlander girl Khogho'llheischkg at Lhietd's feet is the foremother of Guarh's lineage. Lhietd had a particular lust for short, petite women, so he grabbed quite a few concubines and whatnot from the Earth. The girl on the foreground is some Balt, likely blonde if I ever color this. Vhai'noch doesn't enjoy one bit what he's surrounded with, while Lhietd asks him to sit down for a song.

About the horns of Lhietd's crown: he tended to add more and more of them to the headpiece as the years passed. Eventually they became so long and copious, that he got stuck to doorways and birds landed to perch on them as he walked outside.

About proportions/size: as mentioned a couple of times, the elves don't follow exactly the human proportion standard. The chick in the foreground looks already small, since Vhai'noch is 8'6" and Lhietd 8'2", far surpassing even the average height of the male elves (7 feet). The elvish girls were a bit difficult, but I have to match their body structures with those of the men somehow.

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Incredible picture! Will be one of my favorites! :D
So much detailes and so great characters! :D
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Thanks! :D
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Garvals Digital Artist
I think-i'm sick
Sick by wish to draw as good Manatomy as you :D :D :D :D
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I learned most of the stuff I know now from Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Anatomy. I'm not sure about your country, but I was able to order this directly from a local bookstore. Truly recommending it. :)
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Thanks! I will try to find it. )
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Mon Dieu, the incredible detail in art AND story. I bow to your mad skillz!
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No wonder this took so long to finish - you have taken your skills into another level entirely with this. I mean... it's just beautiful. I always flatter you by admiring the detail you put into your work, but this time it's somehow even more intriguing, makes you look at the picture with keen interest, and you always find something more, something you haven't realized at first sight. I like that you haven't made any of the characters ';pretty boys' or 'babes' but kept them in your own category of 'crude but still sexy'. Looks fabulous.
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Wow, amazing! Love the details and the sepia tone.
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Thanks. :)
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Wow, amazing details :slow: I love it :+favlove:
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Thanks. :D
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Wow, this is tremendous! The tiny detailing in the jewelry and background are seriously so awesome to look at. I'll have to come back later and take a better look through your stuff and find out more about your story!
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sighthoundladyHobbyist General Artist
Wow! O.O

Amazing work, truly. I adore the women, so big and substantial, all the poses are so elegant. Excellent work.
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I still don't know how you manage to fit all of those lines and details into your pics, and you manage to keep your sanity through all of this work as well. I struggle many hours just drawing and coloring straightforward cartoony style. Despite what you said in your comments, you make doing art like this look terribly easy. I'm always stunned with the detail you put into the background even when having the characters done so well! Your knowledge of anatomy blows me away. Speechless. I can just never get your stunning backgrounds out of my head either. You really are an incredible artist. I haven't come across too many other artists that put that much work and effort into one picture.
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QlockworkStudent Traditional Artist
wonderful as allways.. and all the deitails... it sure takes some time ro register them all. 8D I'm in a bit of a hurry, so I didn't have time to read all about the myths and stuff. it sounded cool.
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Beautiful. Seriously considering getting the print - this is the kind of picture that inspires a new story each time one looks at it.
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Egads, that's incredibly detailed! I wouldn't have been surprised to hear you started it way back in November or October, even! The fact that you put in every texture and layer of hair alone is amazing. :love:

I think this is one of the most Eastern European influenced pictures you have. There's something about the background and clothing that does it. :aww: Just an interesting thing to note, really, and probably intentional given the "Finnish mythology spoof" you're trying for, right?
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:wow: On melko uskomaton työ! tässähän on sinulla mennyt joulun aika mukavasti:D Hienoja yksityiskohtia.Joka katselukerralla löytää jotain uutta kuvasta:D Tosi hyvin olet saanut tehtyä noi miesten käsien ja jalkojen karvotuksen:nod: Tämä tulee olemaan hieno väreissä.
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As always, your detail work blows my mind. The ladies are lovely, and their physicality matches the males quite well, imho.
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Thanks. The elvish girls are always a bit of a difficulty, but glad to hear if it worked.
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It's nice to see "average" women depicted as sexually pleasing.
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Thanks. I don't like to draw famished, stick-thin things. XD
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CaenefHobbyist General Artist
Whew... wow, so much detail, so much texture. I really like the look of the faded patterns on the walls and the curtains, and all the designs themselves.

This'll probably be a beast to color. O_o
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Thanks. :)
I'll probably color it someday, but quite likely will swap Lhietd's favorite garish hues for something else for the sake of my own eyes. ;) The details of course will take a good while.
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