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Cross the Artificer by MatesLaurentiu Cross the Artificer by MatesLaurentiu
This one took me amazingly long. Either I'm getting tired or something but things move slower. I managed to finish it - hopefully in time. Two more characters to go and I'm set for a few days of sleep and gaming :D

Cross is the Artificer in a party from a custom D&D campaign dedicated on eradicating an undead infestation. The campaign has been amusingly called "28 Turns Later" as a spoof to the movie "28 Days Later" which deals with a similar issue.
He is just one of the six characters I've done for that campaign, most of them specially built to deal with ghouls, zombies, liches, wraiths and such.
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dragonmat270 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
cross is fantastic... as i said to you.... i will try to give him life by sculpting it
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Arjo62 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry, I had not seen.
It is really fantastic!:)
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:iconmateslaurentiu:
MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
One of the few characters I got to do out of my imagination head to toe. The entire series (Hawk the paladin, Nairn the Rogue, Vadim the Invoker, Hannibal the Avenger and this one) are entirely my "children". :D
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Arjo62 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You really do all my compliments.
Have you tried to create a cartoon book story with your paintings!:)
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:iconmateslaurentiu:
MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not for a long time now. But last year I published an older comics of mine - the first and only 3 chapters really. Unfortunately these days, between my commissions there is little time for anything else.
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Arjo62 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish you with all my heart a life full of satisfaction and a lot of work for your great art!:)
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Same to you my friend. :hug:
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Fenristochter Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
ingenious crossbow
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:iconmateslaurentiu:
MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :) Since he is an artificer I thought he wouldn't have much trouble finding a nice design for a magical repeating crossbow. And the ornamentation only adds to his masterpiece. :D
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nathanscomicart Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! More beautiful work. Great character design and wonderful color.:icongrin--plz:
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm very glad you enjoy it. :)
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UmbralVoice Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Mates, I have to ask. What is that flat blue forked thing on his back, sticking off to his left?

And more importantly... when you made this guy, were you working with a text description of him, or did you use some other kind of starting point. Whichever it was, may I see it?
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't had much of a description, more like "dwarf artificer" so I had to figure out what I imagined an artificer would look like. And more than that, I tried to imagine what kind of tools he'd use. So maybe a source of light to carry about when he's looking for some magic materials underground. As for the flat thing in his back I thought it to be much like a tuning fork but for magical material. He uses to determine the quality of the minerals and metals he collects and uses in his works. Of course, none of that went into the adventure but its usually how I work by adding from my own imagination when I have little information to go with.
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Gamer28 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Sweet!
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like him. :)
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Ole-Ingvar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nice boots,just designed for buttkicks :D
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed! And I bet he can do that trick when he leans forward and backwards a lot without falling :D
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Ole-Ingvar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Imagine,when this one will be able to walk on marble floors silently ;)
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, now that would be a miracle :D
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Santykun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Dwarf Artificer is amazing. I love lots of gadgets that you will have put on it.
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind love. The old dwarf did end up well. As for the gadgets, I tried to image what kind of weird tools an artificer would carry around and I went from there.
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BillyColin8 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Oh my god, that amazing.
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:iconmateslaurentiu:
MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
One of the few pieces I'm really happy with. Thanks for the kind comment :)
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shambok Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
great character design!
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I try.
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm struggling with that :) Learning at every step and that makes the trip interesting.
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hey! wonderful lighting and colors! nice details!
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GDSWorld Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Feature in :iconconceptworld:
Suggested by =oogiboogi's journal.
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to be able to pitch in. You guys have an awesome gallery.
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GDSWorld Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks. Its artist like you that makes it awesome! ;)
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Dilwin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
I love this it reminds me of My PC I am playing now. A Tinker Gnome Artificer named Protean.
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I see gnomes as being much more different than the dwarfs. When you mentioned a gnome artificer I instantly imagined a short, super charged little man, chattering like a broken chatter box, with goggles that make his eyes huge, big ears and a long set of sideburns clipping the air with a huge caliper as he moves around in circles.
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Dilwin Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
No Port has a pump action auto loading crossbow, an exo suit of steel and Mithril smoking a cigar. Tilling all who can hear to bring it. His right foot was blown off and replaces with a steel one.
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, and when he faces his enemies,does he say "Resistance is futile"? Sorry, trekkie joke :D
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Dilwin Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
No, he says "I come here to kick @#$ and chew buble gum and I am all Out of Bubble Gum."
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional
Great stuff - character is fun and I love your colours!!
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your kind words. Still working on my color work, still a lot to work on.
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arkusz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Look so cool! :D
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Tried to make him look interesting :) I like dwarfs and their cool devices.
Thank you for the Llama Badge.
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arkusz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :meow:
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
@Janihoo - Love the settings and the creatures myself. And surely nobody will step on his toes 'tho I'm pretty sure people will avoid being stepped on their toes too. With that amount of iron on his feet, he should be as heavy as a warforged :P

@Kristof123 - That's exactly the same question I asked, so they felt obliged to humor me :D. I still have three characters to work on: a rogue, a warforged and a rune priest who's gonna be a minotaur. Of these, the rogue and the minotaur will be female and I'm surely eager to work on the minotaur since I never worked on a female version.
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Kristof123 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
gonna have any female ones?
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Janihoo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Great piece! I'm an big fan of the Artificers and Eberron setting altogether. Love the boots, no one's going to step on his toes...
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind words. Its a good repayment for a sleepless night :)
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derangedMiss Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome, I like the runes on his gloves and his goggle things. And him. He's pretty flippin awesome.
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SudYugi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing, this will be a daily deviation :D, i'm the first in see this amazing image, excellent
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