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Mistress of the Gray Waste by artastrophe Mistress of the Gray Waste by artastrophe
Viconia DeVir, drow priestess of Shar
(Baldur's Gate Bioware)

"Drow have obsidian colored skin and pale yellow (or pale golden), silver or white hair...some are known to have different colored, commonly much paler, eyes such as blue, lilac, pink or silver." ~Forgotten Realms wiki

Trying to be more lore-adherent... but it is really hard to paint "obsidian-colored skin," let me tell you! Still, I did try to make her darker than her original portrait, where her skin was light blue. ^^

2nd attempt at darker/"obsidian-colored" skin: xD
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maharhette Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
No matter the skin colour, still quite beautiful.
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ItalianEmpress1985 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Viconia De'Vir, the Sun-Touched Drow.    My favorite Dark Elf . . . EVER.  Yes, I love her even more than Jarlaxle, and certainly more than Drizzt, even if her being in the games, and them being in books gave them more exposure, I always loved her personality best.   She was every bit the Dark Elf, yet her storyline, and her struggles to adapt to surface life after the fall of her house, I found to be better handled than most Dark Elf characters.   She retained enough of her former self, yet had developed some convincing traits from life on the surface.  As if she was clinging to her past life, but unable to escape her new one.

However, I didn't mean to go into a soliloquy, I just love her to bits, and adore well done fanart of her, as this is.

She made a gag to a little boy who didn't realise she was a Dark Elf, that she was just covered in soot from falling down the chimney.  So I think the skin is just sort of charcoal, not quite the BLACK black that is sometimes described, or it could just be her.   Anyway, this is lovely, and she's spent a lot of time out in the sun, so it makes sense that her frequent exposure to daylight has lightened her skin, and brought gold threads to her once entirely ivory hair.    The sun has a tendency to darken the skin of topsiders, so it makes sense it'd do the opposite to Underdark races.
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Dionisante Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Beautiful art :heart:
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! ^^
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
No problem ;p
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Rhian-Skyblade Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really liked Viconia and had her with me all the time :) I also made her "phrase" "Trust is for the foolish... and the dead" my life's motto and fared better with it than with being naive and too trusting ^^
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awww.... poor, jaded Viconia. <3 I mean, she certainly has a point about being taken advantage of (which is how I believe her philosophy could be integrated in our somewhat-less-dangerous modern lives...? ;D), but hers is a rather bleak outlook just the same. :hug: There's so much juicy bitterness on her tongue when she spits it out; the voice actress did such a great job with that line!! I really love her character, too. ^^
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Oooh, Viconia looks gorgeous! Nicely done. :)
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much! ^^
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