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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!
The links below lead to scraps showing details of this image, and a photo of our own Ser Pounce-a-lot:
More of my Dragon Age fanart: