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Valen by artastrophe Valen by artastrophe
concept for Valen (vampire NPC Baldur's Gate II) as suggested by :iconlava-delvortel: ;)
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GoblinToe Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Wow, so well done! Your portraits are making me want to install the game.
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ilmatar-art Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello dearie! Wow, this has to be one of your best portraits, I kid you not. Seriously creepy, but all the color tones work amazingly together. I love the veiny look of her skin and the reddened eyes. Fantastic and solid work!
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! One of the few I did quickly that didn't suffer as much from my speediness! ^^

Mostly I was just churning these portraits out one after another, so I had to keep saying, "eh good enough!" so I could move on to the next one, lol.... I mean, sometimes it's good having a deadline, but other times I look back and get distracted wanting to fix things... (like her hair /eyes could use a lot more work. ;P).

(but overall I really like this one, too; heehee. :thanks:)
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Great art :la:
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! ^^
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
No problem ;p
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noirnova Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
this is some real awesome vampire, not anythings sparkle
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha exactly! thanks ^^
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VirginieCarquin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013   Digital Artist
I love the tones!, this is really creepy ! ;-)
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! creepy vampires are the best kind. ;)
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Nicely done. Valen was one of the few characters that bordered between important and unimportant. No portrait and very small role, but she had her own voice and everything! Nice to see someone's take on her. :)
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
well, I'm probably going to re-do her, actually; I think I just misinterpreted some of :iconlava-delvortel:'s direction, and since I didn't really have a plan (or remember her!! I guess she fell into the 'unimportant' category with me, whoops), I just made her into a psychotic/feisty looking vampire hehe... but I think she's supposed to look more normal, so we'll just try that again. ;) Glad you like her, though! ^^;
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
I look forward to seeing the re-do, too! :)
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Arcalian Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Yes, she was awesome.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
good to know, thanks for the info!! :D
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Arcalian Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
You saw my reply to ~Eudaemonium I take it
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yup, I figured you were talking about the mod here, too, so I just tried to reply to both of those comments at once instead of repeating myself. But I guess I'll be redundant anyway: thanks for answering Eudaemonium's question! I hadn't played the mod, so I couldn't answer. ^^;
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Maelora69 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used to love this mod back in the day. I dimly remember romancing her with my paladin. It was... tempestuous...
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oh-ho! that sounds like a good time. :D
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Maelora69 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CE vampires make horribly dissapointing girlfriends... :)
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
but all the best romances are full of delicious conflict!! I mean, uh, fictional ones, of course. :XD:
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Maelora69 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The weird thing is that BG2 overdoses on the conflict (I have enough of that in real life!). I played it through about halfway, and then read on a forum that Vicky, Jaheira and Aerie were all romanceable (by guys, this was 1998!). I thought, hey, 'all three are in my party', so I downlaoded a mod that made them romanceable by by female Skald.

Well, overnight, they went from being supportive and sane companions to bickering, arguing, infighting, and generally crackers. Aerie in particular had a full nervous breakdown. And Vicky now hated me. I was pretty confused.

So basically, romance = psychiatric therapy.

It was some time before I was brave enough to do another Bioware romance (Carth in Knights of the Old Republic) but thankfully by then they had toned down the conflict a bit :)
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awww I can see how that would be quite the overdose! Those gals just get so catty with each other; it's kind of an additional insult when you consider the unbalanced favoring of men/male players in the first place. (or at least it seemed a bit misogynistic to me. ;P)

Fortunately, yeah, it does seem like Bioware is now offering a better balance between all those angsty/conflicty romances and the sweet/tender ones for those whose tastes differ/like a variety... but I always seem to fall for whoever is non-romanceable in any case ahahahhaaa STORY OF MY LIFE :roll:
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Eudaemonium Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I never used the Valen mod, but this picture makes me want to!

Was she any good?
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha thanks! I kind of want to try it, too; I actually haven't either. x3
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Eudaemonium Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Maybe your awesome artwork will encourage you to!

Vaguely-relatedly, a little request. I was wondering if you could do a variant of your Shar-Teel portrait with her face-paint/tattoos? :D
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Arcalian Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Yes, she had vampire level ups separate from her normal fighter/thief level ups. Ideal for anyone taking Bodhi's side in the guild war. But there was a cost; she had a hard time not attacking people to feed, was of course weaker in sunlight, and at her highest vampire level, some seriously tough vampire hunters would come after you.
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joie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I love this. She was so creepy.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! I think vampires are just wonderfully creepy hehe xD
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Sparky1113 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Ooh.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
^^
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