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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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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 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 Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave::tighthug:

Your splendid work has been featured in my journal: [link]
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Shadaan Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh that is great news indeed! hehe thank you so much :D
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DameOdessa Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:tighthug:
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:iconryusenka:
wow, the muscles are really detailed. Is this from reference or the mind?
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Shadaan 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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:iconryusenka:
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 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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