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Ballad of the Emerald Bard by Eddy-Shinjuku Ballad of the Emerald Bard by Eddy-Shinjuku
OC Commission for :iconmadrin:

Photoshop CS6: Painting, Illustration, Airbrushing and Post-processing. Working hours: 20++

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El'Mindeeya Do'Katal, the Emerald Bard. An Elven Troubadour, with a long dark past, she walks the world singing songs of great deeds and painful sorrows. Her own Ballad is a song about a simple female elf coping with a world in which she feels she doesn't belong....

A traveling bard, Deeya would always dress in something comfortable yet functional for the road. Her weapons, a long ceremonial elven blade that was given to her by the Queen of the Elves, and the Sonatic Axe, a tomahawk like axe given to her by the Goddess of Music, are always close at hand.

Her only adornment is a teardrop emerald hanging from a choker, a constant reminder of her dark past that forged her into the Emerald Bard. She walks in a world that she feels she doesn't belong, so falling leaves surround her. Raised apart from elven society she doesn't fully understand her own immortality, and laments every time she's forced to draw her weapons.
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DeadDancers Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the hair and I like how she seems to be very slightly squinting into the sunset glare. Her shirt seems five seconds away from falling open, even if the sleeves are sown into those leather straps, but HEY hollywood tape. :D
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FallenPhoenixIV Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student General Artist
she reminds me of tallis from the Dragon Age II expansion
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matheussantos18 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Work is Nice Realistic
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Snowflower--Chan00 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013   Writer
I love how real she looks and her cool swords!
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Nice :)
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Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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MuNafusa Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
i love the blur effect you put on the leaves in the background its like even though she's standing still she's amidst raging chaos
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In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured here: fav.me/d6mf2kr
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eagling Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is so much movement in this piece and it is AMAZING. It is technically incredible.
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JoshuaCamacho Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The details in the clothes are almost hypnotic. She looks fairly protected.
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! Well done!
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KanikaYuhiFTOC Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
do u do requests
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Paulodroid Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!!! Nice colors. 
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nathyfaith Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
This is impressively beautiful! I love it. The colors, the movement of the piece, simply stunning.
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow thank you very much for the kind words! You have such keen eyes too, cheers!:w00t:
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nathyfaith Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Welcome, really my pleasure ;)
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alberic-cheneau Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
hi I'm Still eddy also filled with wonder by your illustrations full of poetries
I would like to be your disciple, your apprentice you show me how you realize your works
ps: eddy I am very fan of your illustration
I would like to know how you found the mine
and if I out of my comfort zone as you said
thank you
ps: I'm french and my English is not very good lol
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maxmillean Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice job.  Like the detail on the clothing
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yay Mike thanks for checking out this latest take on other's OC lol :D
I'm running out of ideas lately and turning towards other's imagination - people have such awesome creations when you take the time to understand them. Also I take it as a self growth by learning stuff that is not my own :nod:
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maxmillean Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.
That sorta stinks that you have been running out of ideas, but at least you have found a new source for them and have been able to learn some new stuff.  I started right off the bat with drawing random characters which eventually led to the creation of my OCs.  I like the freedom you have with an OC because it's yours.  Though I have lately turned to a bit more towards fanart in the past month or two especially for the greyscale practice that I'm still sitting on and really should take the time to finish.  Probably only have a few hours left of work on it.... 
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Zeroxee Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Its almost like she's caught up in a tornado, very cool! :)
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Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
very beautiful work :clap:
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much again for viewing my artwork! :iconurhappyplz:
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Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
welcome ^^
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In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply awesome. :iconclapplz:
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great to have your support again! :w00t:
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In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome. :D
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caddman Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
.... awesome work...:clap::heart:
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! Nice seeing you around for the past couple of works :D
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caddman Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
...your welcome   Eddy..:iconjakelikeasirplz:
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Misty-CW Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Lol at first I thought those leaves were small dragons, like from Anne McCafferey's Dragonriders of Pern series.
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha the silhouette if I squint my eyes does look like swarm of dragons, and somewhat epic! :D

Thanks for checking out this piece btw! :w00t:
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Misty-CW Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
It's beautiful, thank YOU
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SoulcolorsArt Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, great colors and movement.
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the awesome comment and your keen eyes observing the mechanics of the artwork, cheers! :w00t:
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SoulcolorsArt Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome :)
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
beautiful color work man
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Taking a break from VG arts ;p
But this VG gal from MGSV a.k.a Quiet is on my radar nevertheless, can't pass up drawing her amidst the controversy that has been going on in the gaming scene ;p
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
oh? which particular controversy do you mean?
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Nice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bard Emoticons 
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again for the follow up! :iconurhappyplz:
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Anths95 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great, awesome job with the weapons! Love the light and warm color temperature (and the wind in the scene)! She's really pretty, too :) Awesome job!

Also, I love this OC, the designer did an awesome job!
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, it's a good change from my usual cooler temperature toned works where the warmth is used as mechanism of focal points. And certainly no piercing like the previous one lol ;p

I have couple of more OC commissions up my sleeve and few of them are up your alley :D
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Anths95 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I like this, it seems more inviting :) LOL, yeah, I like that aspect :D

Cool, I'll be interested to see them! 
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Madrin Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
I've been writing this character in some format for close to a decade, its hard not to love her enough to bring her to life with the help of such an amazing artist.  So glad I took the plunge, as Eddy is such a joy to work with when coming up with how things should look.
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Anths95 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's crazy! I can't imagine writing about a character for that long, I haven't even been drawing people for an eighth of that time :o Eddy is something else though, he makes characters more alive than I thought possible :) You guys collaborated well on this!
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Madrin Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Its all Eddy on the picture.  I gave him what I thought was most important, Eddy asked a ton of questions, and suddenly I'm looking at the most realistic picture of Deeya I've ever seen.  The character actually started as a video game character way back when, but now she has a full blown series that I'm going to collect into an ebook in a few months.  Its been a long ride for the character, and I can't express how happy I am with this.
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Anths95 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, Eddy is something else in that regard :) He makes characters come to life like very few artists can. I would love to commission him someday myself :)
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Madrin Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Amen on that.  I remember when I cobbled together my budget, I was going to get a few commissions done by a few different people, get different perspectives on the character.  Then I saw Eddy's work, and how cheap it was, and put the budget on him after he made his first pitch at how he saw the character coming to life.
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Anths95 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the fact that he can do what he does, for the price he does it for, is something else :o He's a pro-level artist that charges amateur fees, so you definitely got a good deal with him :)
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