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Cottilion: the Rope - November by Shadaan Cottilion: the Rope - November by Shadaan
Cottilion: The Rope. God assasin from Malazan book of the Fallen.

Toll the Hounds, Bantam Press TBP page 525 .

From Karsa's meeting with Shadowthrone and Cotillion.

"The bare-headed one was plainly featured, pale as if unfamiliar with sunlight, his dark hair straight and loose, almost ragged. His eyes shifted colour in the sunlight, blue to grey, to green and perhaps even brown,
a cascade of indecision that matched his expression as he in turn studied the Toblakai."

Shirtless of course for pin-up vibe, took liberties with his weapon and attire, but still happy with the colour and depth of the image. thats ST in the background being shifty.

Took me ages to develop. Had to call an end to it eventually though.

Done on CS4
while Listening: to 30 seconds to Mars on replay/ it was ritualistic so kinda freaked people in the house :)
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razort300 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
cool
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bellabosa Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Wow...just...whoa.

Is he available for parties? ;)

Incredibly beautiful and realistic - major props for that. He doesn't look like his muscles are a sack of footballs shoved in a torso-shaped bag. He's gorgeous!
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahahaha!

Thank you for this comment, I'm glad to hear you like it so much!

...And yes, if the pay is good. ;)
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave::tighthug:

Your splendid work has been featured in my journal: [link]
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh that is great news indeed! hehe thank you so much :D
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:tighthug:
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ryusenka Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
wow, the muscles are really detailed. Is this from reference or the mind?
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mostly from my head but I had a few refs. Helped me work out veins and such.
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ryusenka Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
That's what got to me actually! How realistic the veins are, man I go to the weight room and see this big doods looking just like this!
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hellhowler Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always wanted to paint those two. Your artwork makes it clear how hard it is. Both characters are so.. unusual and weird.

I really like how you developed Cotillions character, even though I always pictured him with less muscles. Probably with some shirt/coat, but hell, you probably stop caring about such things when you become a god. And if I had a chest like that I would remain topless even in winter.

As for the Shadowthrone, I have ~20 different sketches of this figure and I'm happy with none of them. Many are close to your idea, but in my opinion they don't, just as your doesn't completely, show the ever-changing, semi-transparent creature made of shadows.

I still like this picture, especially how skillfully you've rendered the muscles.
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for commenting! Yep these two are really subjective characters. My mental image of them shifted a few times through the entire series, I'm happy with cottilions face and shadowthrones smile, the rest I'd change in a hartbeat given the time and incentive.

I have always seen Cottilion as a cross between classical greek super athlete and a traditional Martial artist. something about his character says he'd obsess over perfect form. the problem is an athlete can be lean or heavy built my gut now tells me I should have aimed for something leaner. Also yes, a god of assasins would likely be covered in dark cloth, this was meant for a pinup calendar so I felt It more appropriate to have him half dressed.

shadowthrone is not the type of character I'd appreciate without motion. if someone (me or anyone so inclined) where to try him, I'd imagine a more dynamicly abstract shadow pattern second time around.
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hellhowler Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's really hard to find information about Cotillion's looks in the series. I'm just about to read all the books for the second time and this time I _have_ to take notes. But I digress.

As for the Dancer, yes, I guess I'd see him much leaner (but still well-built) and wrapped in night camo, but again - It's pretty hard to make a shadowy-dark-hooded-etc creature look interesting.

Still, after seeing the rest of your gallery (and how fast you're progressing as an artist), I'd love to see an updated version of Cottillion some day.

And again I agree, Shadowthrone is to me more like a pattern of ever-changing shadows without a surface or a direct source of light to cast them. Probably the closest I got was making a 3D model, rendering it with strong light, then extracting only the shadows. Then changing the angle of light and repeating the process a few times. What I ended up with were many layers of shadows resembling a vague representation of a human. It still didn't work to well.
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that's interesting, did you post it up anywhere? I'm keen to have a look. As far as originality goes that tops the chart!

I think I'm gonna try a more elaborate picture for my next Malazan effort, trying to get my dynamism game going so I'm planning to do a few fight scenes.

Cottilion and Kalam fighting in the tent was one of the ideas I felt like persuing but I doubt I could make the lighting work as its meant to have been in near complete darkness.
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hellhowler Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess it's still somewhere on my drive. It never actually went through digital painting process, just a shape on a transparent background. If I stumble upon it you'll be first to know :D

As for a fight scene, I'm all for it, especially that you've some sketches of them both I can see.
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kulezamtima Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
i taught u well hmmmmm bakha tis better when viewed on big screen ya ..not on ur phone love the rope thing ..dopeness bro . wait did u do this one with a mouse too ?
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Tellann Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Looks really great, love that Shadowthrone is indistinct in the background, really adds to the painting as a whole.
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Lunn Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this!
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks lunn, glad you like it :)
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max7773 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work; he looks like a pretty scary guy! The purple brings the shadow into it nicely too - nice one :D
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks max, had too play with tones a little, the original colour scheme was a grey type effort, felt too literal so went with purple too up the vibe. Good to know it was the right move.
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Shadowthorne Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Love this, they look great!
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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RaistlinColtaine Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
COTILLION!!! Finally. Hood's breath. We love that guy.
Shadowthrone watching from behind is the other great asset of the picture!
Hail!
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol yeah thanks, cottilion wouldn't be complete wishout good ol ST featuring in the background :)
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plus-i-minus Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it!
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This makes me happy :D especially after all the epic stuff you've been shelling out, WOW.
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plus-i-minus Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You dear, but I think You made better progress than I am and I absolutely love this picture :D Maybe some pic trade then? :D
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure thats sounds like a great idea though you'll have to tell me what you want to trade :)
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plus-i-minus Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love to see Your version of those two: [link] , [link] , [link] . Let me know what pic You want from me :D
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oooh that scar looks painfull! Ok I'll try cook something up. Is Siles a cyborg or a complete robot? also how young is that alice character? are her powers physical or psychic?

In my case I'd like you to work up an image of this guy: [link]

He's just an idea I had for a story but I'd like to see it better rendered.
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plus-i-minus Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SIles is a cyborg and Alice is about 17 - 18 yrs old :) Now my questions :P : what's his hair and eyes colour? What's his complexion and what colours should I use for clothes? :)
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok well his hair's a dark brown, almost black like the eyes. The armour is black plate on red leather with brown shirt sleeves and dark pants. His complexion should be olive tan. :) Thats the gist of it.
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TarienCole Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The Rope is pure epic. :) Great Render.
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks man! the rope took a thousand or more tries but had great advice pouring out my ears so I managed to pull it off.
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Dreki Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Yes! Finally my hero!
/worships
Damn hes gorgeous!

Lovely!
Love the detail round the edges of his clothing - even like the grin on shadowthrone lol --- totally impish and scheming, just like I always picture him
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, happy to be of service.

I knew you'd love him :iconbadassplz:.
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Dreki Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Love... lust....
Hes my new wallpaper :P
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