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Skyrim: Facing Alduin by ravenwing136 Skyrim: Facing Alduin by ravenwing136
Dedicated to my Eviltwin: ~darksong94
May your Skyrim adventures continue beyond Sovngarde



DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE!

Time Taken: 20 hours
Tools Used: Photoshop CS4, tablet


So, over the past six months, I have been clocking Skyrim and wiping dragons off the map, in addition to doing just about every single quest and storyline I could find in the vanilla game. No surprise, this game is huge and ridiculously addictive :heart: 155 hours later and a level 81 character to show for it, not half bad :XD: Actually very bad, but I passed my exams anyway so clearly this is signal enough to start a new game :lol: Anyway, this drawing is just a little tribute to my favourites in Skyrim, namely Cicero, the battle with Alduin and the sky animations. Good heavens, the sky animations. I spent hours drooling over the moons in Oblivion and the auroras and Sovngarde were equally amazing.

...Hence this really ambitious drawing. I don't know when I started getting the urge to do more backgrounds but I'm thankful for the practice. :) Even if the number of filters and blending options I stack are ridiculous ^^; Weirdly enough, I think I rendered Cicero best, and had to try and tone it down because he was making Alduin and my Dragonborn look awfully plain :XD: The background was both fun and frustrating, but I think I've managed to get most of the lighting. Hit several walls, first with Alduin, then Sovngarde, and then had to scrap the fireball in her left hand because I have no clue how to do fire. Oh well, that gives me something to do next time. And now that I have actually rendered decent skies, I'm just itching to do a Mass Effect painting... maybe after my second ME3 playthrough :D Back to the xBox for more inspiration! :giggle:
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KINGRIEVOUS Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lolz I took that clown to Sovenguard with me.....Alduin literally grabbed him MID FLIGHT!
and dropped him off a Cliff somewhere!  It was amazing! XD
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CeeCeeXD Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Want to know a funny story :D The first time I play Skyrim I kept to the main quest and was at level 12 when I fought Alduin with Paarthrunax. Not one F***ing damage on the damn Dragon I was dying so I thought "F*** it!" Ran off the mountain then said "Screw Skyrim I don't give a Sh*t if you burn to the ground burn I'm out" but...the game wasn't over e.e yet
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student General Artist
holy crap you did the main quest at level 12?! :XD: I didn't go anywhere near the main quest till I was on like 81 :XD: LOL did they even let you leave Sovngarde w/o killing that big black flying lizard?? :D
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CeeCeeXD Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
No I was on the mountain when I was fight Alduin :'( shame on me
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Paw07 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good old Cicero. :nod:
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Loyal to the end :D
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BloodRosesForAll Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If only you could've battled Alduin alongside Cicero.
That would've been AMAZING! :D
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
It would have! It would also have been very unfair for the dragons :XD:
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dovahkay Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Now THAT is one awesome pic. I like how at first look its so dramatic, then you look at their faces and they're like "Weeee! Yahooo!" lol
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
LOL Yep, basically that's my feeling when I play Skyrim: OMG The fate of the world rests on the Dragonborn? BUTTERFLIES!!! :XD: And when is it NOT hilarious with Cicero? :lol:
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dovahkay Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Agreed :)
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RennaLorie Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love the motion!!
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Silent-Neutral Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice composition! :D I like your use of colours
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! :D Haha gosh, you have no idea how many filters I had to go through to try and get the right colours :XD: Thanks again!
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Silent-Neutral Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha don;t worry it doesn't go unnoticed! I like the glow on the front character too.
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Saya-Aria Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
This is very neat!
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! :w00t!:
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darksong94 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Took me AAAAAGES to get around to commenting on this, so prepare yourself!

Firstly, I LOVE this. Definitely one of my favourite things you've done, if not my favourite.
I love the crazy perspective on your character, the hands and face are really well done. The colouring is also fantastic, the purples on the hair and the glowing sword thing (which looks like a bound version of a daedric sword)? LOVE. Especially the light the sword casts on her face. Cicero's colouring however, I think really stands out. As falarae said, the cloth folds are just amazing. You got a lot of depth and it looks silky want to stroke- WAIT NO CICERO DO NOT WANT. The detailing on his weapons (ebony, right?) is spectacular. The only thing is really the gold; it still doesn't quite look gold-y enough? Still a bit yellow/green. Metallics are hard, so I guess you'll just have to keep painting Cicero for practice. oh noes
The dragon is really well drawn and I love the way you did the eye. Maybe you were making it more in the background but it still looks a bit too flat and forward for it to work. Maybe make it darker? Although that could also be my monitor.
The background is STUNNING. AKJSGLKAGSHFAGDAHLAHFKDAHFADGLGDAHSGA SOVNGARDE ERMAGERRRRD THE PRETTY SKIES JUST AJSDFHAHFKJASGLAJKSF IT LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE THE GAME. LIKE UM FLAWLESS LET ME WORSHIP. BLESSINGS OF DIBELLA UPON THEE OR WHOEVER.
For the way it looks altogether, you've really come a long way. It's really starting to gel as a single piece of art rather than a character sketch etc. the background and composition with the other characters is great. There are a few places where it doesn't quite blend, some of the edges are a bit too distinct (the dragon, your character's cloak - it looks a bit too much all in the foreground rather than streaming back). I do love though the little details - the lighting (cannot get over sword lighting), especially the little streaks across and the blurring of the background. Also the slight glow around your character; it looks a bit like a movement blur (how did you do that, btw?).
So yes. I LOVE THIS. IT IS FANTASTICALLY AWESOME AS WELL AS PRETTY.
And you deserved to win the race to 81 :p I'm not sure I can be bothered getting there, tbh, grinding in Skyrim is REALLY boring since I've finished pretty much all the major quests

Sorry for the massive block of text, hope it's (somewhat) coherent, makes sense and that there aren't too many brackets/italics/whatevers.
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
OMFG Can I just say a gigantic THANK YOU for your AWESOME comment? :heart: :love: :glomp: THANK YOUUU!!!!
First of all you are spot on for the Bound Sword :heart: I'm so happy you noticed that! :D True fans unite! And I think Cicero only got rendered so well because I've practiced him already (whereas I floundered with the Nightingale armour ^^; ) but yes thank you and of COURSE I will keep drawing Cicero :XD:
LOL The eye was a "oh god I just want to FINISH THIS" addition, so I've probably cut too big a corner ^^; Won't change anything ATM but I'll keep that in mind for next time :D D'AWWW OHHH YOUUUUU :love: Flattery will get you anywhere, eviltwin :XD: I'm so glad you like it; in fact, your cover picture was just THAT inspiring! :XD:
Mm, funny you should point the stand-outness of Alduin, I think you've spotted something I didn't: the lineart :XD: I meant to take it out, but clearly I've left it visible in the final render. Something I can change on your advice then! :D Aw thanks, those little details KILLED ME, so I'm glad you enjoy them :XD:
About the glow, I think it was a combination of Drop Shadow in the layer Blending options but changing it to a light colour and using Screen or Overlay, as well as a bit of noise and Motion Blur. I'll check for you if you like, the original PSD should tell me :D
:bow: Thank you, thank you :XD: :glomp: THANK YOU FOR THE EPIC LONG COMMENT WITH SUCH GREAT CRITIQUE WHOOO I HEREBY DEDICATE THIS DRAWING TO YOU BECAUSE HONESTLY, I WAS THINKING OF YOU THE WHOLE TIME I WAS DRAWING THIS!!! :heart:
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darksong94 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
You're welcome! I'm happy to write you long, spammy comments XD

SWEEEEET I WISH I had a bound daedric sword. That'd be freakin' AWESOME. I THOUGHT it was the Nightingale armour (with that cloak!) but wasn't exactly sure; couldn't see enough. I swap between daedric, Nightingale and Ancient DB stuff depending on how sneaky/armoured I feel I need to be XD the Nightingale armour is soooo pretty though.
...imagine making that as a cosplay. *faints*

Yeah, I think the only major-ish thing was Alduin. So you'll have to keep doing Skyrim fanart to practice, right? RIGHT? =D

The little details really make it, so I'm glad you put them in. I dunno, but looking at Cicero's daggers and being able to tell they're ebony from the shape, colour AND markings is pretty spectacular. Same thing with the bound sword.

ERMAHERD I haven't touched my tablet in ages. I haven't digital painted in forever either. I think I'll stick to the occasional thing for cards and leave you to it XD but that's interesting, I never really used drop shadow (GAUSSIAN BLUR EVERYTHING). Screen is such a lovely setting. And multiply is so useful. Yeah, I think I can see the noise on the background as well? Nice texture; it actually looks a bit painting-y.

To me?
ASLKFAGAYDASDFLAHKSFHADFASD <3 we neeeeed to have a gaming date or something XD I finished Portal today and the turrets are SUPER CUTE. And fyi, GLADoS sounds EXTRA evil in French.
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I HAVE seen someone's amazing cosplay of the Nightingale armour and freaking hell it is amazing. So impressed :faint: All that leather! My god :heart: I'm actually playing ME3 now so I'm probably going to go back to ME fanart (GARRRUUUUS) :XD: Games really inspire me, wow, not even my anime binges could get me going so artistically :XD:

Thank you for noticing the details :iconiloveyouplz: MAKES THE EXTRA 10 HOURS SO WORTH IT :XD:
Oddly enough the tips I've picked up online and in art books, they say never use blur or feather in shading, you need to blend them with a hard edged brush but yes tweaking all the blending layers is great ^^

IT'S ALL FOR YOU EVILTWIN YOU WILL BE IN MY DRAGONBORN'S HEART FOREVER~~~ You know what, they have Mass Effect in French. IN FRENCH. :ohmygod: Garrus , pourquoi est-tu toujours en calibrage?!
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falarae Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...wow. Cicero's cloth folds, person in front's expression, the glowing sword thing :omg: Pretty background! Dramatic composition! Looks amazing :heart:
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! :glomp: Hehe, did I actually impress you this time? :giggle: Aww, thanks for all the compliments, OMG DUDE I'M JUST HAPPY IT'S COMPLETE LOL :XD: YOU NEED TO PLAY SKYRIM NOW!!! :rofl:
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falarae Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^_^ haha, your artwork always impresses me, but I was really blown away by this one, it looks totally pro :heart: but yeah I know the feeling. Haha, are you watching Kuroko no Basuke yet? ;)
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Still not watching Kuroko no Baske... So sorry :XD: I think I might go watch No. 6 first to 'get into gear' :D Need to rewire my brain for anime rather than video games (Mass effect 3333..... :heart:)
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falarae Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love No. 6 :heart: I think you would like it? Ah, I'm bad at judging tastes. Oh well, if nothing else, the PRETTY. Do you have all the episodes from AP? I've got it on DVD if you need it.

(LOL, imagining if Mass Effect really got to the 3333rd installment XDDDD)
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, I wouldn't say you were bad, because pretty much every thing you've told me to watch that I have watched, my reaction was probably more fangirly than yours :XD: So I'd say you're on target. Except for the sport anime. Which I kinda refuse to watch just because I'm not keen on sports ^^; Yes, I will try and stop hogging your DVds... still have Natsume Yuujinchou LOL :XD:

(PLEASE LET THERE BE MORE MASS EFFECT GAMES. I'm just blowing all my income on ME comics right now. and turns out, I didn't hate the combat in ME1 as much as I hated the MUSIC. UGH. Turned it down and booyah - new Shepard, rolling as an Engineer. :heart:)
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Grace-Zed Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautifully done :)
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks so much :w00t!:
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Grace-Zed Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome :)
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Hina-himeX3 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The sky looks beautiful!
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D I'm glad all my hard work paid off!
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heiwako Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is really amazing. Wonderful job!
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for the compliment! :D
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