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Dragon Age: Anders by Nightlyre Dragon Age: Anders by Nightlyre
8.5" x 11" prints available from our store!

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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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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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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