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Baldur's Gate NPC Portraits by artastrophe Baldur's Gate NPC Portraits by artastrophe
10/24/13: v2.0 released!

 I'm leaving this up here, but there is an updated version with additional portraits available. ;)


12/26/12: IT'S OFFICIAL! Thank you all so much for your patience. <3 Head to Spellhold Studios if you want to download the separate versions; it even contains extra bonus material! :D

Extra-special awesome thanks to :iconlava-delvortel: who has developed a handy mod to install this package for BG/BG2/BGT/TuTu (the BG:EE files can be downloaded here). Believe me when I say this project would never have been completed without him; not only would it never have grown to the size it is now, I'd still be fiddling around with these endlessly. Which I may still do, unrelated. xD But he kept me going these last few months as this project devoured all my free time... I'm not even sure I can thank him enough. But whew, we finally have something to show for all our hard work! (And at the very least, I got to make a new friend. ^^ :hug:)

I must thank :iconorionali: as well, who convinced me to turn a couple random portraits into that first batch of 13--which has since multiplied past all common sense. And thanks to everyone who commented and faved that original submission; you've all helped to give me the encouragement and motivation to continue with this! SO HUGS FOR EVERYONE :love: :heart:

The .zip file included here is divided into BG:EE and the original BG saga with different-sized bitmaps in each one. But it might be easier to install using the mod + you get some never-before-seen ToB character portraits, hehehe... www.shsforums.net/topic/55677-…

I hope you all enjoy it!! I feel like I need to leave a disclaimer... some of these I was able to spend all the time I wanted, others I hurried a bit... or it would never have been released at all. ^^; (And then I had to go and learn a bunch / improve over the course of them; it is probably obvious the order I did them in. xD)

for alternate versions (Sarevok, Edwin, & Viconia to name a few) as well as additional portraits for your Player Character:
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:iconnirklars:
nirklars Featured By Owner Edited Oct 19, 2014
This is amazing. Thank you kindly! By the way, is there any chance of having these converted into Neverwinter Nights compatable format? Best Regards
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
These are far better than the originals. Amazing work.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wow, what a compliment--thank you!! :blushes: :heart:
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Filmographer
:D
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torerik Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
By Tempus Shield, this is amazing!
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hehe thanks! :D
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metalyger Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
These are really awesome! It's really cool having all existing portraits remade in such great detail and the new player faces are even better.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
glad you like them; thank you! ^^
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Vamrem Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
I am willing to replay this game again :)
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
ooh it's always good to find an excuse for that --have fun! ;D
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Uchiha-Minnoko Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Thank you so much for these.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! Thank you for the thank-you. ;) <3
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JenGoPop Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love these!
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corax86 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Amazing work! But why in the Nine Hells no-one did a list of who is who? I'm having little trouble here :P
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! the files are all named so you can figure that out hehe. but working on a second version that should be released soon, and it's organized better, so don't worry. ;)
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corax86 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Never mind - I got it now. Credit where credit is due.
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Agnus-the-magi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Simply wonderful, make playing BG a whole new experience. The consistency is so much that I find it hard not using on of your portraits for my own character! Congratulations!
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RequiemV758 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm just wondering, how do I place it in the Portrait Directory but and I know I'm supposed to make one if I can but how can I make the directory manually? <.<
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Theseekingseer Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
ummm.... Are you going to make an NPC portrait pack for Baldur's Gate II as well? just wondering...
your portraits are quite great by the way, it blends well in the game especially the new Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition... This thing restored my cravings for playing the entire Baldur's Gate series all over again ehhe :)
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you don't recognize any of the BG2 characters in there? :D this actually includes all the vanilla NPCs from both games (+ a few BG:EE ones). ;D

But yayyy thanks! I'm glad you are enjoying them; that is wonderful to hear. ^^
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Theseekingseer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
hmmm maybe, I didn't see Nalia,keldorn or the others around the background?
I must have miss something?
Anyways your welcome :)

I'm always glad and delightful to see fellow Baldur's Gate fans and gamers or other talented individuals who contributes art works to the BG fandom like yourself hehehe. since they're one of few people who I could relate myself upon and also because I rarely see such people nowadays. oh how I miss the good old days...
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Keldorn is #8 in the 3rd row (bigger view here [link], and then everyone after him is from BG2 (Nalia is #5 in the last row). ;)

and yeah, it is great that the fandom hasn't died off or anything!! I think --aside from how awesome the core game is-- it's because of how friendly it is with mods, so it can stay fresh. ^^
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
awesome character collection
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IronScribe Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This collection is fantastic! Great job!
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oFallenAngel Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
What I'd really like to see is an alternate Jaheira with your take on her BG2 design. I actually played BG2 before BG1 back in the day, so to me her BG2 portrait will always be the "true" one, so to speak.
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Another awesome compilation!
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   Digital Artist
I see the name is Edwina, so the same as in Polish. Regarding expressions Xar and Qualye are fantastic, too.
BTW, "Man1" is missing medium and small size in the EE set and he is totally missing in the BG set.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
are you talking about the download from the SHS website or the download here at dA? Because I did add a few more to the zip file here* since they were missing, so hopefully that helps!! :D

((*although the PC portraits are all in a separate download here [link]))
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Here at dA, haven't tried at SHS. I've found the other dA set, too and took them both.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ok thanks for pointing that out; sorry about that. And sorry I don't have time to look into it right now, but I will as soon as I can! ^^
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Digital Artist
That's no problem for me, I'm not playing BG in near future, no time. I'm more interested in the artworks themselves and for the the large image is enough ;)
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Great set :thumbsup: Kudos for the Edwinette (or what is her proper name in English?) :XD: There are many interesting faces in this set, but your Haer'Dalis rocks :love:
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
(haha "Edwinette" would have been a hilarious name for him.) Thank you!! ^^
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Sankaritarina Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh that's just outstanding! These pieces of art represent Baldur's Gate characters way better, than the original artwork, to my taste. Thanks a lot!
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awww wow you are so welcome! and thank you! ^^ <3

(although I feel like I'm cheating/way luckier than the original artist, since I doubt he had half as much to go on when he was told what to paint. ;) I've at least had the good fortune to travel with/love nearly all of these characters for years!! :heart:)
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Maelora69 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, how beautiful, thank you so much!

The EE has brought me back to BG after a few years away, and this will really enhance my enjoyment of the game!

Dynaheir in particular looks as lovely as I've always imagined her in my head!
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
aww you're welcome! and thank you!! It was a lot of fun to do (okay mostly xD); I'm glad you are enjoying it :heart:
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Maelora69 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, they're all so beautiful! I will comment more later when I have more time! :)
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hehe no problem!! happy you like it ^___^
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Maelora69 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, now I'm home and have some time I'mma gonna do the fangirl thing and tell you what I think... Might be a long one, but BG is such an old favourite of mine and your art really revitalises my love for it. The original art is just... odd... as if the characters were being viewed througha Hall of Mirrors or something... What I like about your art here is that you really seem to have captured the essence of the characters, really managed to somehow reflect their personalities...

Well, here goes... :)

The male elves are just gorgeous. Your faces for the guys are just amazing - Xan, Kivan and Corin look exactly as I imagined them in my head! (I still think Kivan needs his Dalish face tattoos though!).

Khalid and Jaheria are perfect - just the right amount of hesitancy and attitude respectively on this good-looking couple.

Safana and Branwen are beautiful, again reflecting what a sultry theif and warerior-priestess should resemble. Loving SharTeel's scowl too!

Skie actually now looks like the sheltered noblewoman she's supposed to be, and Eldoth exactly resembles the shifty mountebank we know him to be!

I actually thought Monty was too handsome at first, but there's no reason he shouldn't be and I decided I like him like this. I love what you've done with Xzar - he still looks a _bit_ creepy, but he's not crazy-over-the-top like his original art. Very nicely done; very subtle, as is Kagain. He looks like the kind of guy you wouldn't want to cross, but he's not too crazy. Tiax is just crazy enough though! His original artwork just looked too... normal... for a guy who's a total nutjob.

Imoen is ideal, just the right hint of cheeriness and vulnerability. Garrick is just beautiful here - I rarely use him but I'll make a point to use him now, just to drool and sigh!! :)

Likewise Alora and Quayle are characters I rarely use, but now I really want to! I personally assumed Quayle was black (I kinda pictured him as a cranky old jazz musician!) but his look here is full of character.

Ajantis is stoic as I imaged him, and Minsc/Dynaheir were always my favourite couple. She looks regal and exotic here, as beautiful as I imagined. And I actually prefer the stockier, older version of Minsc here! Just a bit of a shame Boo isn't in the picture...

I have to admit I saw Yeslick as older from his voice acting, maybe white-haired. And Faldorn's never done much for me anyway. But the rest really are absolutely perfect - I'm amazed you captured their essence so well! And having them all in the same style really makes the game so much nicer to play!

Anyway, just wanted to say what I'd thought, hope I didn't go on too long!

But thank you so much!!!
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh thank you so much for taking the time to write all that! :hug: I have to admit there were a few of the characters I've never even taken with me so I didn't feel as confident about representing them hehe-- but I'm glad so many of them work for you, yay! That is a really cool idea for Quayle, too, hmm. :D And I don't know if I will paint Boo in... although I do know people miss him... and I should probably practice drawing hands/hamsters, but I wasn't sure how long it would take me so I didn't want to waste a bunch of time on it. xD But perhaps someday Minsc will have his Boo! :heart: And again, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts--I mean, of course it's great to hear lol, but I really appreciate you taking the time, too. ^^ <3
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Maelora69 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, it was a bit long! Your artwork actually encouraged me to use some characters I usually stay away from! Quayle's in-game picture suggests dark skin, but I love your version!
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Maelora69 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, how could I forget - bad boy Edwin! :)

I presonally prefer him with hair, even though he's a Red Wizard...
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shadowfan360 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Writer
Ooh, always on the lookout for new portraits, love the art style on these! I'm having fun identifying them :)
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
cool, thanks! :D
(yeah some of them I may have taken liberties with haha... but they're all named in the .zip file if you need some help ;D)
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shadowfan360 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Writer
Ha, I saw that when I extracted the file. xD
I'm really liking these portraits in game.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hooray!! happy to hear that :thanks:
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Cribbian Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
These are FANTASTIC
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
aw thanks!! :D
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fredebook Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Very well worth the wait! Ever since I got BG:EE last week, I've been holding back playing the campaign to wait for this. Thank you very much! Awesome work. And thanks to those who helped you up in this.

On a side note, is that Anthony Hopkins?haha
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