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Game Character Portraits 1-4 by ShadesofNight Game Character Portraits 1-4 by ShadesofNight
I scribbled these out and fixed them up on the computer to practice inking with. But then I had to go and colour them. And then I thought of more that I might like to do. Sigh.

So here you have broody-Valen, not-so-broody-Valen, Haer'Dalis, and antisocial-surly-Kivan.

Valen is from Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark, Haer'Dalis is from Baldur's Gate 2, and Kivan is from Baldur's Gate.
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Spydrouge Featured By Owner Edited Apr 17, 2015  Professional Writer
Kivan "I hate people." 

Haer "I love people! Mostly you... Tell me about you.... :)"
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kevintheradioguy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Writer
It's a very nice shading you have there, and I really enjoy the rich colours you used.
The last portrait turned out the best IMO, although I have no idea who are the elves (if they are the elves, of course).
And... am I mistaken or Valen on the first portrait has green eyes instead of blue? And I was wondering, how do you pronounce his name?
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ShadesofNight Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Thank you :D I find cel shading is a lot quicker than more painterly methods, though I still need to improve a lot on figuring out a good way to do the clothing and armour shading.

Oh yes, the last one is Kivan, grumpy Kivan XD He is indeed an elf, though the guy to his left is a tiefling (no doubt with elven heritage). They're both from Baldur's Gate, a series of games Bioware put out a number of years ago now.

Nope~! He has blue eyes (you can see, here: [link] )I've stared at Valen's official portrait enough to know by now XD I pronounce his name the same way I would say Valentine (as in Valentine's Day), just without the 'tine'.
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kevintheradioguy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Writer
'Tiefling elves' are called fey'ri :nod:

And, oh, I don't mean the official colour of Valen's eyes, I mean that the left portrait of him looks like he has green eyes, but the second one clearly has blue. I wondered if it's an illusion or you had something tricky in mind if that was on purpose ;)
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ShadesofNight Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Yup, they just call him a tiefling in the game though so I'm not really sure if he's an elven tiefling or a tiefling with elven blood and who knows what else.

Oh! I hadn't noticed that. They are the same colour in both though. It must be because he's being frowny and narrowing them more in the first one. I'm afraid I haven't been tricky in this case :D
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svenskalovenska Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great Kivan and Hear'Dalis artwork. I love their expressions and the way you drew their hair!
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Awesome, very cool! Nice sketches and wnderful coloring. You captured their personalities pretty awesomely. :P
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ShadesofNight Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Thank you :) I was trying to think of the specific moods that they go through or which most represent them at times during their games. This is probably why Kivan was the most difficult, because his unmodded BG1 voiceset is all 'grr! go away! leave me alone!' so when I decided to nail down one mood for him that's what it ended up as :P
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
It works wonderfully! :)
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Lweeling Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww they're so beutiful all ! :D
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ShadesofNight Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thank you <3
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Magp1e Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
~swooooon~
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Magp1e Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Also, You do badass hair
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Great art :heart:
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ShadesofNight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you :D
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
No problem ;p
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DaggerXIV Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how Kivan's expression is drawn. He looks so grumpy :-)
And Valen's armour is very well done!
*Look at Haer'Dalis dreamily* :heart:
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ShadesofNight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you ^^ His voice set is pretty grumpy with all his 'leave me alone, don't bother me, grr!' stuff so I guess he ended up matching with that :D

And thank you again, Valen's armour is such a nightmare to draw, let alone colour :P
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Smilika Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh Kivan...:heart:
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ShadesofNight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Broody elves <3
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AvengingExile Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Surly Kivan is surly. And how! Love the pics tho. I really need to play Neverwinter Nights so I can finally meet this Valen.
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ShadesofNight Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Indeed he is :D He was being difficult and turned out bland in the sketch, so I tried to have a specific mood in mind for him when fixing him up... and he turned out like this :P

Oho, you do, you do! Valen is lovely <3 I remember reading that Gaider based Fenris (DA2) on what he wanted to do with Valen or something, but I think Valen is a lot more like Nathaniel (DA: O Awakening). He isn't as angry as Fenris. Anyway, the NWN romances have less dialogue than something like BG2, but they still have a decent amount (make sure you grab the Valen Lovetalk fixes if you do try it out because two of his talks don't pop up otherwise).
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Magp1e Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I agree with Shade, YOU HAVE TO PLAY HOTU! WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? PUT THAT SHIT DOWN~ lol. It's REEEEEALY good.
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