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for the Bioware Fangirls ABC project!! FINALLY WOW x'D

How I imagined Gorion from Baldur's Gate ^^

(here is the sized/formatted version)

younger version~ Gorion by artastrophe
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pavlovsd0g Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The older version is simply fascinating.Beautiful beyond words.Well done.Just..amazing.
There is sadness,i think,in his eyes..of a life filled with wild adventures as a harper and a powerful spellcaster..a life full of memories,experience and wisdom,full of heroic deeds but also full of loss and pain..if a picture is a thousand words,you have achieved the almost impossible.To create such a powerful portrait that you simply cannot stop admiring it.A very realistic portrait.And a very interesting facial expression..so captivating as if it was a photograph.
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robertel Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
good. a bit timid, withdrawn in himself. Like a scholar....nice.
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MariaMurphyArt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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DrowElfMorwen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool :)
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ladyunderworld Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Hello, is it possible that we can use this for one of our story cards for our story campaign on storium? storium.com/ We would like to use him for our "Adept of the Order nature". Please let me know at sobanoodlez@gmail.com. 

Thank you. 

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Theseekingseer Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Whoa!:eyepopping: he seems so.... REAL....:love: I got no words to express how quite in awe I am with this!?
(heh must have misuse that word hehe)
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NefiofCandlekeep Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Fantastic!
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EntropyXII Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He has a look of Tywin Lannister about him. Love it!
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jakaminski Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very impressive work!
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ItalianEmpress1985 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I was watching the LOTR the other day and got to Theoden's last scene with Eowyn, and was reminded quote strongly of how I wrote a similar scene with the PC and Gorion, with whom she very much had a close father/daughter relationship. Gorion's death, under those circumstances, quite saddened me, and I recalled this portrait of yours and just how much warmth and fatherly kindness radiates from it.

I know I'd commented on this some many months before (maybe even years, not sure how long it'd been up) but I wanted to again tell you that this is by far the best work of Sage Gorion that I've ever seen. All your artwork, in fact, brings such a classic epic-fantasy storytelling feeling, with that subdued color of realism in portraits, but this piece of yours is my favorite.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awww that is such a lovely thing to hear; thank you so much for commenting!! :hug: I just love Gorion, too; you're making me kind of want to try to repaint/touch-up this one, now. :D
(hmm if I only knew where the original file was lying around... xD)
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Dustdown Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This brought me back! Thanks!
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha aww you're welcome!! <3
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TariToons Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
Heya, just wanted to let you know, that apperently someone used this picture for a minecraft texture mod: [link] [link]
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
huhhhhhhh wha?!! D: I'm pretty sure that's not acceptable to do without asking my permission or at the very least crediting me... right?? xD I mean, thanks for bringing that to my attention! But what do you think I should do?? AGHHHH that's not cool, bro! But I suck at writing angry letters. And it makes me more scared/sad than angry. ;_____;
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TariToons Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013   General Artist
I suggest you write a polite but strict email to the creator(s) in which you state your point and that you make it clear that what they did is illigal and if they won't take the picture out, you will sue them or at least contact Mojang or the owners of planet minecraft.

I suppose the mod maker thought, that it was official BG artwork and therefor free to use (since the picture also appeared in the forgotten realms wiki entry for Gorion or because it's the second google picture entry for Gorion). Because people think that's how it is. You should really start adding watermarks to your pictures, you know?

BTW, I reported the mod, let's see what this will bring.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Okay, he actually contacted me and apologized and is going to take care of it. Just a bit of an oversight, so it wasn't intentional or anything... so everything's cool now, whew! ^^; But thank you for noticing and intervening for me!

And you're right... I should probably start adding watermarks... but someone took my name [link] and officially registered it (even though I own artastrophe.com; small good that did me xD), so I can't anything "artastrophe" since that's not me. Even though I've had that username with a Yahoo account since at least 2002... but I never registered/trademarked it I guess... ugh I don't know; I hate all this legal stuff. xD I guess I could use my real name, but I want to keep my fan stuff separate... and I don't want to give up this username just cuz someone stole it, boo. T___T So then I do nothing and then whine when stuff like this happens. hahaa sorry... but thank you again for looking out for me!! :hug:
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TariToons Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013   General Artist
It's ok ;) It really bugs me, when people just treat art as common property. Especially, when the art is as professional as yours, because let's face it, this is not the first time that the Gorion painting is mistaken for an official artwork (if you remember the Forgotten Realms wiki).
Watermaking doesn't mean, that you have to put your name on it. I put my homepagelink on my drawings for example.
On the other hand, if someone copyrighted your artist alias, you should sooner or later change it. At least when you want to make money with your art (I'm sure the other person can sue you when you make money under their name, but that's just specualtion).
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I actually do make money already with my art! It's just under my real name. And I would feel weird if anyone I worked with saw all my silly Edwin fangirling (lol?? o_O) so I try to keep my dA account separated from my professional artwork. ;D

But you're right--seems like the best idea is to switch out my user name... I've had it so long, though. ;_; </3 baaah sorry, this is just making me whine more, lol, but seriously, thanks so much for your support; I really appreciate it. ^____^
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Maelora69 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, this is pretty much as I imagined him! (Other than this, I imagined him like Liam Neeson, because he tends to get killed off early in every film he's in...)
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oooh Liam Neeson... I actually have pretty mixed feelings about him. I mean, he's so good at playing paternal characters and I just love him like that, but then he has to be all sexy at the same time and UGH I'M SO CONFLICTED ;_;

No, but seriously, he'd be a great choice! ^^ I can't remember who all I used for reference on this picture, but I know I had Liam Neeson as one of my references for Keldorn. ;D
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Adebel Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Artastrophic!
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ahahaha <3 great word. x3
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quickthorn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Oh, wow. He looks stern, and maybe a little sad: a proper lived-in face. You may have 'appropriated' the background but you've done a great job of integrating it into the whole so it all fits together.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! I try to be sneaky with my 'appropriated' backgrounds. xD but 'integrated' is a much better word--thanks! ^^
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Nicolaas-G Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Your Gorion looks so real. Brilliant work. Can almost hear him talk right now just before we leave Candlekeep (:
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww <3 thank you!! :)
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Nicolaas-G Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
You're most welcome :)
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joie Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Awww Gorion. He's such a favorite of mine.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
He's the best! <3
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Malak42 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I loved your picture so much, it's now my profile pic on most of what I do, even here!

Thank You!
(unless you don't want me to to use it, but thats fine, you're the artist)
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Tofiam Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I was wondering what should I say as critique for this artwork, except the perfect background!, the perfect expression of face!, the perfect play of light and shadows!, the perfect robe of his!, perfect view for the candlekeep library!, nice touch of the red on his lips!, good and strong colour of his eyes!, nice pose!, and so on...and I found out nothing. It's just perfect. :)
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JanisJohnson Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Oh, wow... This is amazing! :iconomgextremeplz: I've always adored this game, and your painting style is gorgeous.
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Isriana Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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It's so detailed and realistic! I enjoy the soft light and the earthy colors, but I especially love the look in his eyes - they seem to conceal a great deal of wisdom. Amazing portrait. :+favlove:
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!! I keep waffling on how much I should use references haha... he is like an extreme version of my reference-mongering where I had a bunch of high-res images to work with, so I got to cram in a lot of extra detail. xD
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AChikara Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
wow the face is so impressive!
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!! it's definitely the one I spent the most time on ;D
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Silvaren Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010   Writer
Great mentor. Awesome picture.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :heart: I love his character also--it would have been cool to have a prequel adventuring around with him or something; it's a shame he died off so soon!
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ilo-ka Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow.. This picture is just amazing! I like the blurry background, that doesn't mess with the character at all, and his face - the color, details, texture - this picture is simply perfect!
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow, thank you!! I spent more time on this picture than any of my other ones... by a lot... x'D
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CustomCookie Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Beautiful portrait *tears up* finally somebody remembered Gorion
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
awww yeah :heart: Gorion... thank you ^^
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Arcalian Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
He's got a little of Derek Jacobi in the face. Love the background.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! I had to look up Derek Jacobi just now but I would definitely agree--he would have been a great reference to use. :)
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Peachplums Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
You know, I try really hard not to gush over drawings, but this Gorion portrait is phenomenal. Baldur's Gate NPCs talk about "Gorion the wizard," "Gorion the friend of the Harpers," "Gorion the adventurer" etc etc but this captures Gorion the sage of Candlekeep, and the life he adopted once he took (temporary) safe harbor within the fortress walls. It's a man I can see having raised two Bhaalspawn because he has this patriarch vibe going, and then there's the age and tiredness that shows from having to keep such a heavy secret. I adore it.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh wow, thank you!! :love:
Yeah, Gorion has so many different faces, and I could obviously only focus on one--but I didn't want to do so to the exclusion of the rest, if that makes sense? Like...so you could still be able to see how he could be those other things too. ^^
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Peachplums Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Definitely. Even if he is giving off that patriarch vibe, I could still see this same older gentleman hurling a fireball XD
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Ladyofpayne Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May be you paint Anomen? Good picture.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)

that would be interesting to do, actually... I think I would picture him a bit differently than his portrait!
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