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Sophistemon

Sophistemon's Artwork (Requesting Requests)

I have been using Inkscape for a rather long time now, and I have been steadily getting better and better at it.

That said, I am hardly an artist. I cannot make any claim to being talented, and I must admit a small degree of envy towards those that are blessed with more ability than I, several of whom are members of this very forum.

That said, here is a link to all of my "work", though you should be warned that most of it is Town-related avatars and suchlike. I will also post an image of my newest creations as they occur, which is not very often. Still, any opinions, whether good or bad, are welcome. Constructive criticism is encouraged because I would love to know how I might improve my admittedly meager skills.
Sophistemon



This is a rather oddly-shaped sabre, though it is hardly the most unorthodox rendering of that weapon-type that I have ever seen. I suppose that you could consider it a merger of the sabre- and scimitar-blades, if you were so inclined to do so. I have already been informed that "the hilt could use work[, b]ut the blade rocks." How might I improve the hilt? Or anything else, for that matter?

Your varied opinions are eagerly anticipated.
Uberblah

That looks really cool. And it does look like a cross between a saber and a scimitar, a great one at that. More of your artwork is eagerly anticipated.
wxdruid

I think it looks great!  Keep on drawing...
Kyrian

All I can say is...How? I've opened Inkscape many times and I can't figure out how to get clean looking lines like that.
Sophistemon

Kyrian wrote:
All I can say is...How? I've opened Inkscape many times and I can't figure out how to get clean looking lines like that.

Perhaps your lines are too thin, Kyrian? Have you tried making them thicker? Select the line by clicking on it and then hit "Ctrl-Shift-F" to bring up the "Fill and Stroke" menu. Click on the "Stroke Style" tab to modify the width of your lines. Thinner lines tend to look, at least to me, a bit craggier than thicker lines. I prefer my lines to be between 1.500 and 2.500 in width, depending on what is being drawn.

Is that helpful?

Also, keep the comments coming! I can only get better if people tell me what needs to be improved!
McBish

Well the first thing I thought of the hilt was that it seems to be going the wrong way.  I feel like it should bend up not down.  Though I could be wrong.  But overall I think it is really cool.
Sophistemon

McBish wrote:
Well the first thing I thought of the hilt was that it seems to be going the wrong way.  I feel like it should bend up not down.

Would you mind explaining? I (loosely) based the hilt on this one, but I am most eager to hear your thoughts on the matter.
McBish

Not sure if I can exactly explain what I mean.  It might have just been a first impression since now that I think about it I have seen hilts like that.  Maybe it has something to do with the bump in the middle where someones fingers would fit around.  Sorry I can't articulate it better just something seems a bit off.
DivineAmour

The sword is totally awesome.
Sophistemon



A simple scimitar, though the color-scheme and macabre engravings imply that it might be designed for nefarious purposes rather than noble ones.

Comments and critiques?
blackout

TOTALLY an enchanted sword that can only be used by Evil characters.

Awesome. =)
ValdisRequiem

That's a sexy looking blade, sir.
=D
Keledrath

On the first one, I agree on the hilt problem.  The blade just looks to ornate for such a simple hilt.  The second is pretty damn good.
Sophistemon

This Image Has Been Edited; Read Following Posts.



A rather ornamental battle axe drawn with the nature-lover in mind. The bear and wolf iconography are drawn from various aboriginal designs that I have a fondness for. The vaguely alchemical symbol is there because I got bored of bears.

Comments and critiques?
Keledrath

Maybe move the alchemical symbol to the middle instead of the end, but otherwise, it looks pretty good.  You're really good at making weapons, Soph.  Almost as good as you are at making great characters.
Wukei

I think the symbol should be right where it is or at the base of the head.
wxdruid

I agree with Wukei about the placement of the symbol.

Great looking axe.
Uberblah

Both of the new pics look great, Soph! But as been said, a slight change in symbol position would make it even better.
Sophistemon

Uberblah wrote:
But as been said, a slight change in symbol position would make it even better.

Why is that, exactly? Is its current position unbalancing in some way? I simply figured that it added a sense of finality to the haft of the weapon, like a period at the end of a sentence.

I am, however, quite eager to hear more opinions on the matter.

Also, I've been seeing a lot of positive replies but little in the way of constructive criticism. I would love to learn how to add more detail, or to shade, shadow or texture my work. Any advice on those topics would be most welcome, as would any other advice on how I might improve my work.
Uberblah

I just think that if the symbol was more centralized, it'd be more prominent. When I was reading the comments about it, I didn't know what they were talking about because I didn't see it at first. But that's just me. I can't speak for everyone.
Wukei

A symbol or signature is usually put on a handle or head of a weapon right at the base of the head.  On swords, it tends to be on the blade right near the hilt, on longer weapons it's right under the head of the weapon.
Sophistemon

So moving the symbol to the top of the haft would make it more of a signature left by the weapon's smith than just another "ornament"?

That is intriguing. I did not know that.

You would advise, then, that I move it?
Wukei

Honestly?  It took me a minute to figure out what he was talking about.  But that's because I was looking for the symbol near the head.  So, though it looks fine where it is, it would make more sense near the head if you're going for a signature.

If you're not, then I'd agree that it'd make more sense near the middle, or removed all together.
The Chilli God

Ignoring the silly symbol for this post...

One very simple way to start shading is to pick a direction where the 'light' is coming from (Make it simple - Left, right, or top) then do what you did with the scimitar edge (At least, I'm assuming this is how you got it so smooth) - duplicate the object and cut off the edge at about the middle of the new shade-object (or wherever the shading is meant to begin), adjusting the new-middle edge of the shade-object to make two lines running parallel until they merge. Then color the shade-object black, and set its transparency value to something between 10% and 30%.
*Thinks that was a bunch of garble*
Then again, I usually just get out the brush tool and draw my own shades from scratch. But that's me.

As for texture, groups of very very thin lines (like, smallest you can get them) usually do the trick for most solid objects. Note that they don't have to be perfectly straight.

Hope I helped.
Sophistemon

Thank you kindly, Chili. I am sure that your advice will prove helpful.

A note on the axe: As per Wukei's advice, I have removed the symbol from the end of the haft and (my own doing) replaced it with another bear, bringing the total number up to nine which is coincidentally a sacred number to the Vikings, who were a group of people that I think would have appreciated such a weapon. Perhaps, should I stumble upon a symbol that I like enough to make my personal one, I shall apply it to my weapons as a sort of signature. Until then I think it best that I avoid such things.

Thanks to everyone who offered their advice! Please keep it coming!
Keledrath

Sophistemon wrote:
Uberblah wrote:
But as been said, a slight change in symbol position would make it even better.

Why is that, exactly? Is its current position unbalancing in some way? I simply figured that it added a sense of finality to the haft of the weapon, like a period at the end of a sentence.

I am, however, quite eager to hear more opinions on the matter.

Also, I've been seeing a lot of positive replies but little in the way of constructive criticism. I would love to learn how to add more detail, or to shade, shadow or texture my work. Any advice on those topics would be most welcome, as would any other advice on how I might improve my work.


Don't look to me for advice on improving your inkscape skills.  All I've got is Paint, and I literally can't draw crap.  I had to draw a guy stepping in cow crap (old west cow town right after a cattle drive), and my teacher thaught he was riding a unicycle.
Sophistemon



Though I have no special feelings towards it one way or another, I feel that enough people are completely crazy over the Japanese katana to warrant my drawing it. The writing at the very base of the hilt means "fire", to fit with the red and gray scheme of the haft and hilt. At least, I think that it means "fire". I used an online translator and they are notoriously unreliable.

I am pleased with how this one came out, myself, as I was able to try a less smooth, more organic way of showing that the blade has been sharpened. Also, I approve of my method of drawing gemstones because they look nice and are easy to do.

Comments and critiques?
Uberblah

Looks amazing, Soph. And that red gem looks really good. And the blade looks good with the "human touch" (organic sharpening).
Nevrmore

The Japano-craze is going to have to die out someday.

But either way, it's a pretty nice sword.
ValdisRequiem

Nevrmore wrote:
The Japano-craze is going to have to die out someday.

....NEVAR...

In anycase, I like the color choices. The crimson/gray scheme is something very close to my heart.
Good work.
Keledrath

The Japanese-craze may die, but the katana-crazy won't.  If there are DnD players, katanas will live forever, eventually evolving into the dreaded double laser katana.
Sophistemon

Bookboy wrote:
The Japanese-craze may die, but the katana-crazy won't. If there are DnD players, katanas will live forever, eventually evolving into the dreaded double laser katana.


Speaking of which...



Ask, and ye shall receive. I suppose that now is as good a time as any to mention that I've decided to take commissions. Only weapons for the time being, I'm afraid, but I'm hoping to branch out into more complex territories as soon as I possibly can.

Comments and critiques?
Keledrath

How did I see that coming?
Xaspian

In that case, I'd like to make a request for Sir Kim's sword. In addition to Geo's description, maybe some kind of flower motif/symbol on it somewhere, although nothing too obtrusive.
Of course, based on the stuff you've already done, it'll be amazing, so keep up the good work!
Geomancer wrote:
Turns out it is a sword.  Although Mneme might think it is a plant.  The blade seems to be made from wood and covered in bark.  As is the hilt.  Aharon holds it up grinning.

"I thought you'd like this.  All it needs is sunlight and to be submerged in water once a month.  It is remarkably resistant to death despite all the different maladies I submitted it to in the testing phase."
Uberblah

O.O

DOUBLE LASER KATANA, FTW!! That is utterly awesome, Soph.
Sophistemon

Xaspian wrote:
In that case, I'd like to make a request for Sir Kim's sword.


Done and done.

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Should you want any changes made to the piece, simply state them and they will be done. The overall design is very similar to a Celtic sword that I saw once; I feel that the shape of the hilt lends much validity to the concept of an organic weapon. The rose motif I borrowed from a stencil that I found on Google image search, and I opted to go for a smoother edge in this case because I figured that the weapon had been been grown "pre-sharpened", rather than having to have the edge applied to the blade by hand. The unfortunate thing is that, because it had been grown, I could not think of a way to add convincing detail to the weapon, though I suppose that I could go back into it and change it so that instead of having leather straps on the grip I would place small black and brown lines to simulate the roughness of bark. Completely up to you, though.

Once again, I am more than willing to change it to better fit your expectations.

Comments and critiques?
Xaspian

Wow! That's amazing, and really fast, too.
I think the bark grip would be really cool, and probably a bit more fitting to the entirely organic feel of it
I like the symbol, and the overall design is just the sort of thing I'd imagined.
Uberblah

*doesn't comment*

I can't. You just keep making more and more awesome weapons. I'm running out of original compliments.
Keledrath

Uber, you took the text right out of my post.  Damn, I can't even phrase that originally anymore.
Xaspian

Wow, that was a quick edit. That's an amazing weapon, Soph. You've got a real gift.

Maybe you should start illustrating the amazing magical items that people can buy in Omnishop (although not all of them, obviously =Ş )
Sophistemon

Xaspian wrote:
Wow, that was quick. That's an amazing weapon, Soph. You've got a real gift.


Ah! You responded before I was even able to notify you. I am very glad that you like it.

I would like to thank everyone for their kind words.

Now then, with Xaspian's sword being completed (unless, of course, there are any other changes that he wants me to make, which I am more than willing to do), are there any other commissions?
Keledrath

I'd like you to take a crack at some more detailed versions of Shadowbow's original equipment.  That should prove challenging.  That's one dragon claw longsword (should be easiest), a darkwood spear with a dragon tooth point (medium), and, of course, the semi-solid dragonsoul bow (likly very hard).  All should be black.  I like the way Ceika made them in the avatar, but single shots should look pretty damn cool.
blackout

Dude, you work FAST. Awesome work.

Any chance you would know how to make a nice picture of an enchanted assault rifle, like the one Lucas uses?
Sophistemon

One Dragon Claw Longsword:



One Dragon Tooth Spear:



And one Dragon Soul Bow (enlarged):



And there we go. If there are any changes that you would like me to make, please do not hesitate to ask, as altering the work is a relatively simple process.

Comments and critiques?
Uberblah

O.O
O.O
O.O

Those are... FREAKING AMAZING! Absolutely freaking amazing.
DivineAmour

The bow is freaky, the sword is awesome, but the spear looks a bit plain compared to your other weapons.
Darkblade

Those are really amazing.

While you are doing weapons on request can I see a Voliminal.

Gnrlshrimp wrote:
Affidavit has in his hands a sword he has been working on. The sword is made out of the same strong metal Affidavit uses to make his creations, and a very slight bulge in the centre of the blade suggests he has put in a diamond core as well.


Its not much of a description to go on though.
Ms Elaneous

The spear and the bow are definitely impressive!  Wonderful concepts and style! ^_^
Sophistemon

Darkblade wrote:
It's not much of a description to go on though.

That is, unfortunately, true. If you would please provide me with some more information on the appearance of the weapon I would be more than happy to make it for you. As it is, though, you're asking me to draw you a sword with a lump in it. So, please post some more detail on the weapon in question and I would love to make it for you.
blackout wrote:
Any chance you would know how to make a nice picture of an enchanted assault rifle, like the one Lucas uses?

I would not know, as I am unsure as to what Lucas' assault rifle looks like. As mentioned above, if you would be so kind as to provide me with a bit of detail, I would love to draw it for you.
NecroPaladin

Love the bow.  I may draft you for some versions of my characters' weapons, such as State's baton, Deckard's cleavers, or Rose or the Iron Woodsman's axes.  For the latter two, I haven't really thought up a finished design, though, while the former two already have their looks.
Keledrath

Sophistemon wrote:
One Dragon Claw Longsword:



One Dragon Tooth Spear:



And one Dragon Soul Bow (enlarged):



And there we go. If there are any changes that you would like me to make, please do not hesitate to ask, as altering the work is a relatively simple process.

Comments and critiques?


Holy ****.  Those are quite possibly the coolest weapons I've ever seen.  You are the king of weapon artists.
Sophistemon

Bookboy wrote:
Holy ****.  Those are quite possibly the coolest weapons I've ever seen.  You are the king of weapon artists.

I am very pleased that you like them, and thank you very much for your compliment.

Blackout and Darkblade, I am still waiting for some further details pertaining to your requested weapons. I have some ideas that I've set aside but I do not want to actually get started until I have a basic plan.
Darkblade

Gnrl actually made the sword so I'll have to wait for him to get online for more details.

Edit: Talking to Gnrl there is nothing else special about the sword because Affidavit is concerned with what the sword looks like so if you don't want to make such a boring sword I understand.
Sophistemon

Did someone order and Enchanted Assault Rifle?



This was... wow. This was just way too much fun for me to draw. I drew inspiration from a multitude of different firearms, so this piece may look almost, but not completely, like a good five or six different assault rifles. The runes, in order from left to right, spell out "Quickshot", "Fullclip" and "Deadeye", respectively. They are written in an awesome little cuneiform font that I love so very, very much.

I am sorry that it took me so long to finish it, but I got a little carried away.

Comments and critiques?
Draken Frosthand

Nice.

The trick with the "runes" is damn clever to.
Uberblah

*is blown away*

*left speechless at it's awesomeness*
Ms Elaneous

Excellent.  The only thing that might improve it is some shading using gradients or something, but it's immensely detailed and just plain gorgeous!
Artemis

Wow, thats just amazing. I can't wait to see how Blackout reacts to it.

And if you're still taking requests, I'd like a few of Raril's weapons done.

First, his pair of vampiric daggers, known as Leech, which are more like living things than the leather and steel of normal weapons. The blades are kind of wavy, and made of material like a horn or tooth. The grip has been described as almost fleshlike, especially how it conforms to the weilder's hands. It would probably be in grey-green tones and should be unquestionably evil.

Next, the shortswords he carries, the blades are either coated in, or made from, ice. Have fun with the look of the handle, I never had much of a description to go on, unfortunately.

Finally, his rapier. It has a straight, thin blade, coated in black poison. The hilt is silver with one of those basket-things that protect the hand, made from a swirly sort of filigree. The pommel, counterweight thing on the end, is made from a large purple crystal. Being magic, there are probably some elvish runes on it somewhere. There's a sheath that matches it, if you feel like making it.

I hope this isn't too much in one go. Thank you!
Destro Yersul

Awesome. That's really cool. I approve. *affixes trout*

Wish I was that good at drawing weapons, not that photobucket would let me upload them  Razz
NecroPaladin

Fantastic!  I'm sure you know I'm a sucker for the combination magic-and-technology designs, and this one goes right for the jugular.
blackout

O_o

Holy crap. That's....fantastic. Just how I imagined it. Wow. Just...just wow.
Sophistemon

blackout wrote:
Holy crap. That's... fantastic. Just how I imagined it. Wow. Just... just wow.

I am very happy to know that you like it!

Artemis, I am working on your weapons as I type. The dagger is shaping up to be something really special. I should have all three of them done in... well, I don't really want to put a time to it, in case something bad happens. But I'm making good progress.

EDIT

Bone is a hard color to emulate, but I think that I'm making progress.
Baeleck

I must say that all your weapons look absolutely fantastic, my personal favourites being that katana and the dragon claw sword.

One thing I must mention is those runes on so many of your pieces. I'm... somewhat envious of them - they really add to the weapons, especially the rifle.

*Gives two massive great thumbs up*
Keledrath

Onlky two?  *Cuts off some radom NPC's arms and casts Girralon's Blessing 6 times on slelf*  Gives 16 big thumbs up!
Sophistemon

Okay, Artemis, here we go.

An Icy Shortsword (one of a pair):



I'm actually more than a little embarrassed about this one, seeing as how it's so amazingly bad and all. I had this idea in my head about two swords that weren't made to be special but eventually proved themselves in battle to the point where they were blessed with ice-cold efficiency. This is not conveyed much at all, I think, through the piece. It came out looking like a crappy sword covered in a wavy cloud. I'm sorry that it's so disappointing, because I really wanted to make it work, but I just can't at my current level of skill. I plan to remake it later, once I've gotten some more practice. As it is, I just hope that it's enough for the moment. I really am sorry. The runes carved into the ice read as "Hoarcrist", where "Hoar" means "Frost" and "Crist", a word that I borrowed from Tolkien, means "Cleaver", hence "Frostcleaver". That's probably the only element of this weapon that I'm currently pleased with.


A Poisoned Rapier:



Here I ran into the same "I don't quite know how to make transparency look right" problem that I had with the shortsword, though I do think that the rapier looks a heck of a lot better. The reason that the poison looks the way that it does is because I figured that it would have to be thick, almost tacky, to stay stuck to the blade while in battle. So I tried to give it the look and viscosity of semi-transparent tar. I think that it looks okay but I'll be the first to admit that it isn't the best thing that I've put out so far. Once again, I'm sorry and I am more than willing to come back to it and make it better once I've got a better understanding of transparencies.

---> And, as requested, a version with no poison:



A Vampiric Dagger (one of a pair):



Now, this one I'm proud of. As you can see by the hieroglyphics and the Eye of Horus (or Ra, given the time period) I decided to go with an Egyptian influence and I think that it looks really good. Also, I learned that old, old bones turn brown, hence the rather unattractive color of the blade. Though you did want it to look evil, so maybe the brown fits? I found that color by actually looking up bone-bladed knives on Google Image, so at least it's authentic. If you'd like me to make it lighter just say the word and it will be done. The grip is actually a really dark green/gray, which is how I imagine old, necrotic flesh-turned leather would look. The hieroglyphics mean "Thirst", to fit in with the vampiric nature of the weapon.

Comments and critiques?
Keledrath

Soph, don't kill yourself.  The short sword and dagger are awesome.  I do admit that black posion+black sword doesn't work very well no matter what you do with it, but you did pretty well with the rest of it.
Wukei

really? cuz that was my favourite...
Flabbicus

That Egyptian dagger is freaking awesome. Egyptology is always cool. And are those real Hieroglyphs?
ValdisRequiem

I think the ice is perfectly done, and the purple and the silver combination on the rapier takes my breath away.
However, there seems to be something off about the poison, but I couldn't say what.
The eye of Horus on the dagger is a perfect addition, along with the Hieroglyphs. I want an actual dagger like that now.
Terumitsu

Oooh... I think I have something that I might want drawn now. Very well done, Soph!
blackout

Man, Soph, you are just cranking these out like no tomorrow at very high quality. Just think, if this talent extends to characters, scenery and other such things...you could become a professional cartoonist, my good man.
Sophistemon

blackout wrote:
Just think, if this talent extends to characters, scenery and other such things...you could become a professional cartoonist, my good man.

I wish. No, it appears that my talent extends only so far as weaponry and other inorganic items. I wish that it were otherwise, but... I do with it what I can.
Keledrath

Wukei wrote:
really? cuz that was my favourite...


I think you may missunderstand me.  I was refering to everything but the blade when I said the rest looks fine.  My computer has this thing where if you look at it from a lower angle, everything is darker, and it happens tat I sit at a lower angle, so to see the line between the blade and posion, I can't be comfy.  And we all put our own comfort first when on the boards  Razz
Uberblah

I think the transparency for the first two look good. But that Egyptian is, as Flabby said, "freaking awesome." You should consider cartooning. You'd be great at it.
Artemis

Wow...just wow.

I actually like the way the ice looks, with all the cracks and such. The way it sort of creeps down the handle looks really neat, too. It's got this rustic look to it, with fits pretty well with the region he found them in. I love the name, Hoarcrist, "Frostcleaver", very nice.

I absolutely love the silver filigree on the rapier, but... I can't see the blade through the poison. Maybe just place a bit of black on the edge?

That dagger is simply amazing. I'm blown away. The color on the blade is perfect and I love the green gold and red on the hilt. That is definately a sinister looking weapon. Thank you so much!
Sophistemon

I have altered the rapier to be more visible beneath the poisonous tar, and I have also posted a version that has the poison removed.

With the completion of Artemis' requests, I am now open again for more commissions.

((Man, I love drawing this stuff!))
Moxie

Okay, how about Moxie's Dagger, the Lady. It's fairly standard blade, but has a golden cross-section and pommel, as well as an Ivory handle with a lady in a red dress on it. Bonus points for the sheath of similar Ivory and picture.
Sophistemon

As requested, as delivered.

One dagger with an ivory grip, gold cross-guard and pommel, with the grip decorated with a woman in red, complete with a matching sheathe:



I tried to make this dagger... feminine. But feminine in such a way that still speaks of freedom and independence. Strong femininity. The woman in red is based on a bit of graffiti I saw on Google Image. It depicts, I think (but cannot be sure, because there were no further details available to me) a young Roma woman dancing with a tambourine, which I think suits the weapon perfectly. You may notice that I have discovered the "blur" tool, and have used it on the gemstones. What do you think? Do you prefer this to the other method?

Comments and critiques?
Artemis

I like the new blur effect on the stones.
Moxie

Looks really good. Very nice detail and thought towards it. And I loved how you focused on that strong femininity of the blade.
Sophistemon

I am very happy that you like it, Moxie.

I am again open to taking commissions, so please do not hesitate to post your requests.
DivineAmour

Ooh! I'm here! How about Axl's sword?

It's an ornate longsword, which once belonged to Axl's adopted father, who was a knight. It has a decorated scabbard, and sword itself is also fairly decorative.

That's about as open as you can get. Go crazy.
Uberblah

Damn, Soph. You are like a machine with these things. Quick, efficient, and high quality. Very nice new work.
Keledrath

Damn it Uber, you keep stealing my compliments! Razz
Sophistemon

One ornate longsword, designed with the career-knight in mind:



The sword itself I drew as rather "no-nonsense". It's simple, it's efficient, it's deadly. I did try to make it a bit more ornamental with the inclusion of gold highlights and brass studs (which serve dual-purposes in that they not only add more color to the piece but are also placed as "shock-absorbers" for the blade and act in lieu of a more conventional grip). The scabbard, though, is far more ornamental. It's black leather with gold highlights and emeralds. Those two gold loops allow it to be attached to the waist with a bit of cord. The brass studs on the scabbard hold the gold to the leather, to prevent slipping.

I'm sorry that it took so long to finish, but it's been a hectic day. Allergies, my friends, are a foe that just won't stay dead.

Comments and critiques?
DivineAmour

Brilliant!
Uberblah

*is speechless. er... textless*
Ms Elaneous

The emeralds and the blade are... stunning.  This is the best you've made yet, I think.
Baeleck

Wow! That's wonderful!

I like how you put highlights on gemstones - that looks really effective. Putting it alongside the scabbard is also a nice touch.
Sophistemon

Raistlin wrote:
Brilliant!

Well, I'm very pleased that you like it!

Baeleck wrote:
I like how you put highlights on gemstones - that looks really effective.

I like it, too, though I'm considering making the highlight just a little bit more transparent, and maybe a very, very light shade of the gem color.

With that done, I am once again more than happy to take your requests. Please don't hesitate to post them, as I am eager to get back to work on my new hobby.
DeBunny

Hm....I wouldn't mind having a bow done.
Composite bow made of a blackish, perhaps dark gray, material with red streaks/swirls here and there.  Two blades poke out near the top, so that it also has that muchly needed melee function.
Quiver of similar make, maybe toss in a few arrows with varying fletching colors poking out.

About as far as I ever thought of the design for a bow. >.>
Feel free to do what you will in terms of other details, you'd be making it after all. ^_^
Seft Sirag

If at all possible, would you consider doing a small dagger for me, please?

Fairly short, with a blade made of matt-black metal, one edge slightly knotched and jagged, the other smoothe. The handle is made of cracked, splitting wood, very roughly carved in the shape of a totem of three skulls, jaws facing the blade. Stored within a simple dark sheath marked with the emblem of a small thorny vine.
Uberblah

And if you have time, could you draw Veritas for me? If so, I'll give you a description.
Sophistemon

And here we go! One (bladed) bow, complete with a quiver and arrows:



To be honest, the part that took the longest on this piece to finish is the rather sinuous, serpentine glyph on the quiver: curves are a pain to align properly. Still, though, I liked it too much to give up on it and I am currently considering adopting it as a personal symbol, as it does resemble a very ornate "S". Your thoughts?

The bow is based on the "recurve" style of the composite bow: it is typified by being able to launch an arrow very far very quickly. I designed the blades to look as though they can "fold down" when not in use. I'm afraid that they look a little bit goofy, but it was a rather difficult task to figure out where to put them. If you'd like me to change anything, please don't hesitate to mention it.

To Uberblah: If you would be so kind as to give me the description (please and thank you), I'll get to work on it right after I finish Seftsirag's request.

And, of course, Comments and critiques?
Uberblah

Rebonack wrote:
The bow is a dark blue colored metal alloy and is inscribed with various electric blue runes. The runes look like utter gibberish. There actually isn't a string on it.


I think it should also be a little blunt, so as to be used to club someone if necessary. I don't know if that's good enough, but I'll leave you to your own devices for the rest of it.
Castaras

*delurks*

You're taking weapon requests?

Umm...could I have a souldagger? (A kind of weapon that both Ilvari and Castaras used)

Basically, it's a pure black dagger, with the blade being the blackest, the hilt slightly greyer, maybe with a few runes/gems on the hilt(colours being either pale blues or blood reds). Not too much decoration though... It was made to kill things, not to look pretty. It's purpose is to annihilate the soul itself, resulting in the person being killed never being able to have an afterlife/never be resurrected. Not a nice weapon really. =P
DeBunny

Hah!
You even got the folding in part that I utterly forgot to mention.
Sweet.
When an artist snags something like that without being told, it's pretty nifty.

The red symbols are excellant and I would agree with the serpenty symbol being quite good.
By all means, adopt it. It would be a good choice.
I don't think the blades look too goofy, maybe a tad bit short for the edge ones, but good enough to be potentially lethal. >.>
Nice fletching, too.

Two thumbs up on the bow and quiver, Soph. (b^_^)b
Sophistemon

I'm glad that you like it, DeBunny! It was fun to draw.

A note to those awaiting the completion of their requests: I'm workin' on 'em! I should have all of them done sometime over the weekend, so please don't worry.

I'm sorry that I can't get them to you sooner, but I've got studying to do and it eats up a lot of my drawing time. Be patient and I'll try to not disappoint.
Uberblah

Take your time, Soph. 'Tis worth wating for.

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