DONE! No, really, I'm done with this one now, I am not going to stare at it any more or do any more touch-ups. I'm done. Done! Done, I say!
I'm estimating this took between 40-50 hours total, all in Photoshop except for the initial sketch. I think I spent longer on this than I did on my first DA2 playthrough...
If you aren't familiar with Dragon Age, this is Anders, a character who appears both in DA:Awakening and DA2. The years can certainly change a man! I got this idea to draw his younger and older self back-to-back, and then somewhere along the way, decided to add in significant buildings in the background on either side of him. And his cat, Ser Pounce-a-lot.
Kinloch Hold (Ferelden's Circle Tower) was relatively simple, but dear Maker, the Kirkwall chantry building was driving me nuts! I have a whole new level of appreciation for the amount of detail that got put into the city of Kirkwall. The Tevinter statuary is amazing. And I really did want to do the chantry justice. *cough* Pun intended. The level of detail on the DA2 costumes is very nice too, but I especially liked Anders' two outfits. Very rebel mage-ish.
There's a fun story that goes along with this, too. When I was mostly finished with the painting, a workmate sent out an e-mail looking for a home for a foundling kitten. I have a soft spot (another pun intended?) for cats, and ended up bringing him home. The thing is, he is also the spitting image (pun NOT intended, thankfully) of a certain orange tabby. While we are calling him "Pouncer" for short, his name, of course, is Ser Pounce-a-lot. It's a little like part of the painting came to life!
Last but not least, I suppose this is a bit of an apology to Bioware. In my own mind, anyway - I don't think they'd care one way or the other if I apologized for not thinking DA2 was going to be a good game. I was worried due to the reviews... and yes, there were things that could've been done better, but as they've already been thoroughly explored by more eloquent folks than myself, I will simply say that I enjoyed it, a lot. So this is my way of showing my appreciation.
Okay, well, I've jabbered enough. I hope you enjoy the painting as much as I enjoyed having to stare at Anders for hours on end!
Anders and all things Dragon Age related belong to BioWare.
The links below lead to scraps showing details of this image, and a photo of our own Ser Pounce-a-lot:
Edit: Okay, one more thing! Since there's been some interest, I made this into a desktop background at a few different sizes. You can find it on our website
- just scroll down to the section labeled "Non-Eldlor Wallpapers".
More of my Dragon Age fanart: