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The Hierophant and The Karrnathi Skeleton by Everwho The Hierophant and The Karrnathi Skeleton by Everwho
The Hierophant & the Karrnathi Skeleton (PC/NPC illustration)
Graphite on bristol
Dragon*Con 2013

I normally don't take scene illustrations at cons as they're generally too difficult to work up outside of my studio. This one, however, seemed pretty simple and straightforward, so I went ahead and accepted it. It proved a bit more of a challenge than I anticipated, but I'm ultimately pretty happy with the results, considering the circumstances. In this scene from an Eberron campaign, a warforged Hierophant (a wizard/druid) is about to defeat an intelligent undead skeleton from the nation of Karrnath in a game of chess, a scene which was, apparently, a favorite moment among the client's gaming group.
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Dosrev Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Love Eberron, love the Karnath which is sorely underrepresented, and love this piece!
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Everwho Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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transcendantviewer Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
I personally enjoy the look of intense contemplation that the skeleton is making. The Warforged just appears to be saying "And check. Any response?"
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Everwho Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That was the idea.  Apparently, in the scene this depicted, the war forged handily trounced the Karnathi skeleton, so I tried to capture that sort of casual moment of victory.  The warforged is basically rubbing it in with a bit of smugness.  I was pleased that I was able to get the emotional subtext across using only body language, since I was basically dealing with two expressionless characters.  At that point, gesture becomes everything.  I only wish I knew enough about chess to have set up the board correctly.  I didn't have a lot of time to research this one, so I based the board layout on a previous illustration I'd done involving chess, and hoped for the best.
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transcendantviewer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
I actually did notice that the only piece that looked threatened was the skeleton's queen.
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Everwho Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Does that mean I did it right?  As I recall, when I did the piece that I copied the chessboard from (here: www.talonart.com/images/gr/gr-… I did Google searches for "checkmate" or something like that, to try to get an accurate board.
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transcendantviewer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Well, I'm not that great at chess. Good players can think a few moves ahead, so maybe. To put someone in checkmate, you have to lock their king into a position that now matter what move they move him, it's threatened, so on your next turn, you win the game. Check is simply doing that, but the opponent still has moves they can make to keep their king from being taken out.
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Everwho Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah.  Well, had this been something other than a con-sketch, I certainly would have researched it better to try to get a board setup that matched the scene.  Maybe the Hierophant is simply being overconfident.  ;-)
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transcendantviewer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Maybe. There's a lot of ways this picture could go and that's what makes it so interesting.
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Everwho Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you think so.  It's certainly one of the more elaborate con sketches I've ever done.  I generally try to avoid doing scenes, as they're a lot more work than simple poses, but since this one was relatively straightforward, and I was in a position where I could work on it at home, I decided to give it a shot.
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windspeck Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This...this is amazing. Sums up D&D better than pretty much anything else.
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Everwho Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!  I'm glad you like it!
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