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MorphE - The Championship by shadowednavi MorphE - The Championship by shadowednavi
A sequel to the previous picture: [link]

except with A SHITTON MORE CHARACTERS.

I'm really happy with how this turned out for a few reasons. First, because it's a solid group shot (hopefully!) highlighting all the characters we've been growing attached to over the course of the past fourteen months playing this game. But second, and more importantly, I used this picture as profile practice. My goal was to emphasize the differences in each person's profile and facial structure. No two people have the same facial structure in real life, why should my drawings?

The main differences are in gender and race. I wanted to make sure all the males and females LOOKED male and female. Also, Asia is Indian. Nakayama is Japanese. Indian and Japanese people have slightly different features than caucasian people. I've found when drawing characters of a different race, one walks a very fine line between drawing a dark-skinned caucasian person, or an overexaggerated caricature of stereotypical _____ (insert race here) features. I know I still need a lot of work, but I'd like to say it was a pretty successful experiment. ^^


oh how it pains me to cut out all the context for this picture, so here. Have a lovely picture.

Drawn and colored with Copic markers (and the occasional prismacolor).

:star: COMMISSIONS ALWAYS OPEN - note me if you're interested! :star:
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PurpleChaos Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
ok so how il this connect to the comic?
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
The best answer for this is actually that a lot of the elements of this will probably change a LOT by the time we get there. If you've ever played a tabletop game, you might know that certain things happen or become important, certain plot threads are lost, mostly because playing a game is narrative yes, but it's primarily a social experience. The plot of the game was great! But we knew when we started adapting it that in order to make the narrative better we'd be making a LOT of changes to make the plot and themes stronger. There have already been massive changes, and I expect by this point in the story many of the characters in this picture will be different, some added, some subtracted, some just very changed. But this is still a super cool picture, even if it's non-canon for the comic.
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PurpleChaos Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
gotcha.
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha unfortunately the context for this won't happen for a VERY long time, and many of the character designs have been slightly changed since I drew this picture. But right now, there are six characters here that have already been introduced. Keep checking back as more characters are introduced to the comic - I'm sure even with the altered character designs you'll be able to see some familiar faces :) thanks for looking!
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Solkatt Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just WOW! This is one fantastic group shot!
and traditional colouring looks so fabulous!
You did a great job!
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thank you very much! :D
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Kjdragon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
beautiful very well done:D
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OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow - a wonderful compilation of characters. :heart: I love all of the different details, poses, and facial expressions. Wonderful colors as well; an all around well done piece. :clap:
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
That really looks like a lot of work!
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Oilux Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Writer
I wish I knew what was going on in this picture, because honestly I just have no idea.
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Oilux Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Writer
Eek, so sorry about that. Thanks for explaining! It's a lovely piece.
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Angel-Monster Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
This is really neat. I love it.
I think you did manage to do a good job of ensuring the characters races and features were unique.
Keep up the great work! :D
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D I'm really glad you can see the differences~ **hug!**
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Angel-Monster Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
You're welcome. :D
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HisashiX Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very awesome Idea! and the artwork is fabulous!
Great job!
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D **hug!**
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HisashiX Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome and *tight hug*
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
This is really neat! I like how all the characters have their own place in this piece instead of just looking crammed in there. I don't know whether these characters are your own or if they're part of a manga or something like that, but you really depicted them well. I like the center character which really bring focus to the image. Nice work.
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Haha, I actually only intended there to be the center... ten or so characters? when I made the initial sketch. But all of the characters in the fore/background were too important to just LEAVE OUT. So I had to find a way to stuff them all in and still give them the space they deserve as prominent NPCs.

These characters are all part of a tabletop game I was a part of ^_^ The campaign actually just ended a couple weeks ago after nearly two years of weekly gameplay. There may or may not be more to come from these characters in the future.... :D
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sDoost Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very interesting piece! good job! especially on the details! :)
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Celairen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! :love: Wonderful composed, amazing character design!
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D - and I can't really take credit for the character designs because over 50% of them were designed by =AlexisRoyce. I think the only ones I designed were Asia, Tyler, and Ken.... which is significantly less than 50% haha.... but I will pass on the compliments to the lady responsible :)
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drakestard Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wonderful work and amazing style! i love this colors!!!
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^_^
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Pebbles6 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great work! I love all the expression with the faces and the bodies :)
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D **hug**
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Pebbles6 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome! :)
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stefonthesea Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great artwork :) Chess game is known as an intensive intelligence combat :) That intensity is something your characters are showing off here :) I like the different ways they express, each other has its own way to look away at others :) Very expressive :)
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D I'm really glad you noticed - each character has a very specific reason for looking at the others. There's definitely more at stake here than just the chess match :3
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KyokoChan882 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! that's really good!! :icongoodjobplz:
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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dreams-of-cass Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
wow. just wow. the amount of time and hard work you've put in this is just amazing!
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I actually... don't remember this taking too long, all things considered XD There are pictures with a fraction of the characters that took me more time to finish than this did. This must have just really wanted to escape my brain :p
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usagiprincess Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oooh really good work!! I love the colours here. The perspective is really good ;D
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you! :D
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usagiprincess Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww you're welcomeeee~~ :iconbunnyglompplz:
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FireWario Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing piece! Such amazing elements, such as the flow of nature and the motion of the characters, but especially the young godess figure! Beautiful work!
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faunwolf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice! love the details and the coloring!
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D **hug**
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silverexpress Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Great work! Does the runes up to the left say anything?
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! They're actually Greek letters, and they spell out morphé, which is the name of our campaign ^_^
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silverexpress Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Okay, thanks! I think they're beautiful in a very Rivendell way.
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IdrisKhaleesi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant, love it xx
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wanderingbishop Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
As someone who has absolutely no frame of reference to what is going on or which characters do what or are associated with whom... I still find this really awesome.

Actually, let's see if I can infer stuff about the characters purely based on this picture.

Guy on the right is the antagonist that the heroes are facing in the chess match.
Players are the five on the left. Girl in the red has a thing for the guy in the diamond checkers cardigan. orange-haired guy in the green waistcoat is a suave sort of person, dark-skinned lady in the sari is a passionate, emotional sort (or at least is highly unimpressed with the bad guys).
Girl in the center - some kind of goddess, arbitrating the match.
Queen-lady with the battle axe - some kind of warlord, either evil or extremely proud and irritable.
Sallow-looking guy behind her - definitely NOT a vampire. Nosiree.
Blue-haired guy - some kind of henchman, or street-criminal villain.
Lady with the cane in the background - either a minor antagonist, or fills a sage-like role. Either way, an aristocrat.

So, how'd I do? :P
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BlaueLibelle Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Good work! :)
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SeraphVesna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you've done a wonderful job working with profiles. It's lovely so see how each face is varied just slightly to give them a completely different look.
The coloring is very smooth and pretty. I wish I could handle copics this well.
Really love the piece. :+fav:
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