3rd Artwork made for Terrel Coleman (Coleslayer) in exchange for his patreon support 🙂
I’d like share the description of this character provided by him. We started her character design from scratch.
Cassandra comes from a race of sun worshipers called, Arkinians. They believe the sun is Arkin, the mother of their race after she ascended to glory.
Arkinians are a very unusual magical race. Their hair is white, all but the tips which are either, green, red, or purple. And they are always born with a birth mark in the shape of marks they call, Arkinshy’s.
Cassandra comes from a VERY well off family, and at times can be a bit sheltered in her attitude and beliefs. She can get in the way and be clumsy, but has a very good heart.
In her society, she is a “Priestess of Light unto the Sun (or Arkin).
Her magic is controlling light and creating fire like the suns. This also means she can take light away and make things pitch black, and evoke shadow magic if needs be. She tries to avoid this however. It’s kind of a two sides of the same coin, type of thing. You can’t have light without the dark.
Her weapon is a simple wooden staff she uses for casting, and as a walking stick. She stands at 5.7″ and has pale skin, white hair with green tips, purple eyes, and the birthmark of the sun on her shoulder which she displays at all times.
She wears priestess robes, and a skyblue dot on her forehead as part of her station in her role as a priestess.
You can find her design process documented in my Patreon page: Link
I made this cute artwork based on a sketch I showed to my patrons some time ago. However, it ended up being more like an alternate version of that sketch. I changed many elements on it. From the situation to the design of Tabby’s outfit, I think it’s a perfect fit for the season indeed!
I hope you like it as much as Tabby enjoys making crazy snow figures 🙂
I wanted to try a lot of stuff with this artwork, and I used all the digital painting skills that I’m capable of at this moment. I tried adding different tones, light effects, composition, textures, and anything I could think of to give more life to the forest I wanted to depict.
I probably got a little carried away while painting all the details, but I really like the result. I’d love if this becomes the standard quality of my artworks from now on. Also, I’m aware that there’s lots of room for improvement, and that’s awesome! Time will show the progress step by step 🙂
Mason description written by Terrel Coleman
Height: 5.11″ (It bothers him that he is just shorter than six feet, and it drives Iva crazy that he is just a little taller than her)
Favorite colors: Earth colors, such as the several types of green, brown, gray, and black.
Favorite Food: Gixian Festival Food. (Similiar to Chinese Food)
Children: 1 Adopted Daughter.
Spouse: Wife, deceased.
Home Town: Bounteous Village
Weapon of choice: Machetes and potions.
Mason was a gifted youth who’s parents were well off and had the means to send him anywhere in the world for schooling and apprenticeship. His home town is a village close to the capital city of Kinmar.
His family took him to the university, trying to narrow down what field of study the boy would be interested in. While there, he met an old elf man named Elso. Elso was kind and helpful in guiding the boy into alchemy. Namely, botany and potion making. He has no natural talent for magic. He can however create clever potions as a substitute.
I added special gloves to his outfit, from a thin but protective material, that can allow him to touch dangerous materials if necessary.
Since today is my birthday, I decided to do a silly, yet amusing, picture. If you don’t know the character, he’s my avatar Linker, the one you see in my profile picture. I tried to imagine how a family picture would look like, most precisely a birthday memory, transformed into a cartoon environment, and this was the result.
My father has always been a bit of a photograph enthusiast. Even when cameras weren’t in our tissues as today, he was always taking pictures of anything he considered important.
Obviously, he documented many events in our family, including our birthdays. I think that’s a fortunate thing to preserve, considering we barely have any depiction of him or my mother when they were kids, because of several situations that didn’t allow them to do such a thing. It makes you realize the little things we might take for granted nowadays.
I decided to make it look like a instant photograph, instead of just submitting the illustration as it was, mostly because I wanted to give the sensation of a past family moment, an aura of a treasured memory.
He also tended to write little notes on the pictures, like the day it was taken, the place we were in, or the people that were depicted on it. So, I also decided to add that as reference, instead of leaving it as a nameless picture.
This picture was originally made in 2013 for a project in which I drew my avatar Linker in some of the stages of his life, starting when he was born of course.
That had to be the first time I made him as a baby, and I can’t think on another scenario in which I would have the idea to do so.
In 2014, I wanted to show part of the project again for a different purpose, and I had to draw him again because I simply didn’t like the way the drawing looked anymore. I was able to see all the mistakes I made, and I fixed them.
Since I never had a good opportunity to show this drawing in the gallery, I was looking for a fitting to show him so I thought of my birthday.
However, I again had the issue that I didn’t like the way he looked anymore. You know how this works, right? As you get better in something, you tend to develop your skills, and you easily see the mistakes you did before. So, I re drew him one more time in order to fit with my actual skills.
Even if it meant to be working it on my exact birthday, I didn’t want to lose the chance to show it to you guys, so I hope you like it!
Recently, while checking my old artworks, I stumbled upon this one, and from this year no less. It left me with the feeling of, “I can totally improve this drawing.”
I started almost from scratch, using the previous picture as a sketch. I changed some details in the expressions and improved the outlines. I added her tiara jewel, a black vest, several other details, as well as improving the coloring.
Since I made many changes, I decided to submit this one as a new picture instead of replacing the previous one. Also, because I made two versions in the coloring stage, and I couldn’t decide which one to submit, I decided to share both.
If you want to, have fun comparing the differences with the old one.
Made this picture as a gift for a special friend onhis birthday. But in the future, if your reading this, and it happens to be your birthday, congratulations! Maybe this message was destined to reach you as well, maybe you needed it and it would make you feel better. You can share a piece of cake with us as well 🙂
Birthdays should be indeed a happy moment in our existence, and a time for celebration. A good moment to appreciate a new an wonderful year that we’ve lived in our lives, time for happiness, and also a good time to evaluate everything: what we are, what we have become, and what we aspire to be throughout our lives.
Maybe it’s time to congratulate ourselves for becoming a better person; Or to examine ourselves, to see if we’re happy with the things that we’ve been producing, for our benefit and for the benefits of others.
Thanks your support, have a happy birthday and I hope you had a really nice day with your friends and family. Be sure to save a piece of that cake with Amanda, I think I hear a growling tummy all the way up here :O
If you were wondering, Tabby (Blonde hair) and Amanda (Light blue hair), are character created by me. You can learn more about them here: Link