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Karsa Orlong: Witness by Shadaan Karsa Orlong: Witness by Shadaan
"Witness!!!" -K.Orlong

Karsa Orlong from the malazan book of the fallen.

One of the pivotal characters in the genabackis/daruhjhistan arc of the books. Karsa is a Teblor, a race of giants that live on the far northern mountains of genabackis. He is an epic character quoted often for his brilliant oneliners and his inate ability to shout witness... as he proceeds to obliterate all manner of strange and impossible things.
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took me a while to get this picture together. not even gonna try describe the process.
Much thanks to Malazanempire.com for their help with descriptions and such.
Listened to: rock...just in general. lots of rock.
res: 1280x1024

Karso orlong is the creation of Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esselmont. all rights to the character belong to them.
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Limon4Rock Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work!
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Sketchy-on-Details Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is an impressive stalactite of chiseled flint you've got there!La la la la

Wonderful rendering of Karsa and Bairoth Delum! I would be of the mindset to NOT be able to "see" the chains that Karsa shoulders in person. Imposing enough without ghostly shackles :iconlongsmileplz:

The combination of cool character rendering and the ability to capture a background terrain with atmosphere & feel is top notch! Awesome dude, awesome! (love the transparency given to the spiritual chains & the vest adorned with his soletaken prize)  :iconallrightplz:
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! yeah over the years my mindset has changed in regards to the characters but Karsa will always have this presence in my mind of wisdom (I don't know why). I wanna try an actual scene from the earlier books that reflects the depth behind him.

I think I tried to get there with the chains but thats the problem with Karsa. he's like an onion.

He has Layers. :iconwiseplz: lol

Anyways yeah, the atmosphere came out much better than I expected. Thanks for the comment!
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Sketchy-on-Details Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds promising Nod

Layers are awesome! yet... an onion you say :iconplanningplz:

:iconrocketpunchplz: A new interpretation of an older scene..:iconpunch1plz::iconpunch2plz: OOOOOO!!
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol how do you mean? :iconwhaplz:

What scene?
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Sketchy-on-Details Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HAHAHA, i was just enthused that you might capture a scene exampling Karsas depth...well, not "just", still in fact La la la la
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well suffice to say I am taking suggestions :D
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Sketchy-on-Details Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With my experience being House of Chains~

While holding Siballe's torso just before casting her off into the water..

as i read that scene..

 I recalled Heboric saying how Karsa would defy all predictions(when learning of the cripple gods intention of using Karsa). That was pretty cool Nod
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Anovoca Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   Writer
:jawdrop:
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147CombatMedic Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Stellar!
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TheWhap Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, love it
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DietchyPeach Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
as i recall he had to use his flintstone sword with 2 hands.
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area51romeo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
I've just started re-reading the series and I'm looking forward to getting to House of chains and reading about this badass again.
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spothisto Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Very good. One of my favorite chars from the book because of this: Picker says, "You have to kill a god?" expecting him to run away screaming or something. Karsa answers, "Which one?" :D Brilliant. Picture too.
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
karsa is the man, of this there is no doubt. I thought he'd take care of icarium on lether to be honest. Technically he already did.
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Jongi13 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Yeah also I love the inclusion of the chains...nice touch.
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Jongi13 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Whats not to love? This image inspired me to have a go at Karsa.
Not in a fight ...in a drawing...oh I'm talking bollocks again
I'm trying to say i like it! There I did!
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Chimairatron Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
After seeing this picture, it's become my mental image of him when reading.
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altair-creed Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Writer
you really have to watch your mouth with Karsa. he takes offence at anything and everything. touchy bastard
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bigmike69e Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Really love the fact that you added the Chains from him and going back into the background. in the books only certian characters can see them I think.
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Freezang Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Oh thats good. You really DON'T want to mess with him.

Great Art! I like it! :)
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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S1r-Drinksalot Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Awesome! You've captured him perfectly
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yeah dude thats pro ... thats one of the closest karsa artworks ive seen. good work man
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot man :)
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Nezim Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
That's epic, man :D I love the detail with the chains.
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, I thought they were necessary lol. glad you like it
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Nezim Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
They certainly fit nicely :) No problem.
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SinistaBG Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
from the few books ive read, my favorite character :D
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
indeed. he is karsa. he IS the man.
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Tattersail Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks awesome!


I really like your take on his hair, I could never quite picture him bald:)
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Me niether funny enough :P
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Shadowthorne Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
My favorite character! I love Karsa ^^
Great job, it looks almost exactly like i picture him. and i really like the foggy/ misty background
It gives him such an ominous presence
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That background took forever! glad you like it!
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Shadowthorne Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Well it was worth it! Really sets the tone for him^^
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gondring Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've always had trouble drawing him, I really like this rendition. Mine always have the sword being longer, but I like the wider blade, makes it more realistic.
The chains are just the cherry, very awesome :)
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. He's tough to draw but oddly the most googleable character of the series
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gondring Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Really? Would not have expected that one. Then again it is unsurprising, he is quite frankly the biggest badass (Pardon) of the series.
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DerkhanBlue Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, that's Karsa! Great work :)
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Shadaan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :D
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