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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. :D

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:

Anders - Close-up details by Nightlyre Ser Pounce-a-lot by Nightlyre

More of my Dragon Age fanart:

Dragon Age: Archdemon by Nightlyre Dragon Age: Long Lost Sisters by Nightlyre Mabari Gift by Nightlyre

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:iconclairakitty:
Clairakitty Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
This is so cool oh my goodness.
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thatguy999 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
It was truly one of the saddest stories in Dragon Age, Anders only wanted to save Justice by becoming his new host but his bitterness and anger corrupted him into Vengeance then everything went to hell 
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EvilREDRaven Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Hm.... funny enough, "Anders" is the german word for "different". And thats also a nice title. Great work with this picture!
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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IzumiNaota Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like anders in awakening better than in DA2... I miss the original anders... (T^T)
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JesusFreak84 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
This is currently my desktop wallpaper, and when my sister, with no knowledge of what DA even is, saw it, she exactly "read" correctly the differences between Awakenings Anders and DA2 Anders.  Methinks that's a sign of a job well-done~  ^_^
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! :)
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crystalwof78 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
awesome Anders from Awakening and from DA2 sigh I miss the cute funny giddy Anders
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I hear you!
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Andauril Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great picture! Yes, years can change a man... and spirits, don't forget about the spirits!

Can I ask you something: I would like to use this picture of your as a preview pic in a planned fanfiction (of course I would credit you, if you'd allow me to use it!) Would you allow it? Of course I won't use any of your art without permission :) 
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! You're welcome to use it as the preview picture for a fanfiction, as long as a credit is included.
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Andauril Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much :)
and of course I'll credit you :) 
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SSJ3Adean Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Writer
I see what you did there. Shows how he's a comeback from DA awakening.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed. :)
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SSJ3Adean Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Writer
You prove through this art that you take consideration of the events of Dragon age that lead to certain points. For this, you have my respect Nightlyre 
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! A lot of people ask about why I chose to equip the Staff of Violation on him instead of Freedom's Call. Aside from the fact that it's a beautiful staff design, I wanted to show him at the beginning of Awakening and then near the end of DAII (and that was the staff he'd acquired in my first playthrough), to show how his life had progressed and how he aged and changed as well. I was also impressed to see how much work they put into the wardrobe on the DAII characters; this gave me a chance to study his outfit closely, and it's very well done too.
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SSJ3Adean Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Writer
Don't fret over that. I would have given him the staff too and I'm sure other gamers would do the same if not for Bethany, Merrill, or Hawk himself if a Mage. That's one cool staff, but I prefer the staff Hawk used in the trailer of the game. When I unlock it, only then will I play as a Mage. I'm currently using the staff for my fan fiction. If you can, find it on my profile (it will be the intro) and if you can, please tell me what you think of it in the comments. It would mean a lot to me.
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Hyo38 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks so much better on the left.
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HeiKurashi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
This is amazing. You did a great job with the chantry. I just recently played through Dragon Age 2 and stared at my tv crying for several minutes after what happened. It was even worse because I had romanced Anders.

Anywho... Great picture. You can see the difference between the before and after in his face and how he changed.
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TicklishFairy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
This is incredibly beautiful!  Faved for sure!
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Figgs316 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Anders from Awaking was so much cooler
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SCTira Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
I really miss the old Anders he was so much more fun and cheerful :(
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SCTira Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
OH MY GOD! I just noticed... Ser-pounce-a-lot looks like me cat! My Cat's fur is the same colour, she's a taby, has the same eyes... she is irresistable....Kya!
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
I miss Awakening Anders. He was more fun back then.
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Elubio Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
That's amazing!
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Increadible piece!
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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hahagirl727 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Wow that's awesome! :)
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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XxBefore-I-SleepxX Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully drawn. The look on his face on both sides shows how much he's changed.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Daraeldin Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Poor, wounded Anders. Every time I think of him, I really wish there was a way to separate him from Justice. Great picture.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I was excited when he started talking about making something to separate himself from Justice, but the instant he said "drakestone and sela petrae", I knew he was lying. My Hawke had no idea... but I had a good idea of what he was going to do. (Just not quite the... scale of it!) Bad Anders. :(
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Daraeldin Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
When I played the game, I'd already been thoroughly spoiled about it. I was just there for the boom, to be honest. Still, after many playthroughs I've come to understand why he did it. But yeah, bad Anders.
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Aesop-Epics Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you ever think Anders looks in a mirror and asks himself "What the Hell happened to me?!"
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's hard to play rival to him, but I did that in one playthrough. I was intrigued to see how much he started questioning his own decisions by the end of the game. He doesn't really begin to see his own darkness until it is pointed out to him...
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ElizabethDGreyWarden Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
such a clashing difference .-.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed!
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Zonbiku-in Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Photographer
Just...wow...amazing ^^
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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GlaberN7 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I love this so much!
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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VonRosenberg Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
This is amazing !!
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Vanthica Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture is soooo marvelous! It perfectly illustrates Anders (both his versions). And it's cute you named a real cat after Anders' :) Cats rule!
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Our real Ser Pounce-a-lot (Pouncer, for short) is a complete nutball, and Anders would've loved him. :D
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Vanthica Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think Anders is so keen on cats that he would love every cat (becouse every cat is lovely :3), but anyway I wish Pouncer the best :)
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Dinoagent Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Ser Pounce-a-lot! :)
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed! :heart:
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