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Defectors by KaiserFlames Defectors by KaiserFlames
So here we have it, a piece I have been working on for very nearly a year under the watchful eye of my mentor, Todd Lockwood. This was a requirement of my college for graduation, so it's a pretty big deal.

My life went through a lot of changes during the creation of this piece, some good, but mostly bad. I became a home owner (to a home that needed/needs to be gutted and rebuilt, unfortunately), I flew for the first time to visit one of my best friends in Colorado, I entered into my senior year of college, I had a few pieces published as playbills for a theater in Pitman, NJ. During this time, I also lost my father, which was a very hard hit and set the creation of this back quite a bit.

Finishing this is a great weight lifted off of my shoulders and I am very proud of the result. Mr. Lockwood was a wonderful teacher and very willing to see this turn into something to be proud of. He was patient and understanding, which is something I am more grateful for than he might know. I have entered this (among a few other pieces) into the Society of Illustrators Student Competition, so let's see if anything comes of it!

The story here takes place shortly after the man, Zedrion, and his partner, Avorel, defect from the military of their homeland to pursue a greater cause. They are exploring one of the many caverns to be found in the mountains, following rumors that the location of the rebel faction the Guilded Sun can be found there.

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jnreunice58 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student General Artist
KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
jnreunice58 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
its amazing!
ambassador-brouwer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Jut... just... YESS. :shout: 
trinsdes1re Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This takes my breath away..... *Stunned.*
carnival Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this.
Simply everything about it is so vibrant and beautiful. Right down to the details in the Griffens' whiskers in the light \|'3

truly amazing work~!
SkyGazerr Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, this is astounding. Your work is so detailed and follows a story.
JadeRavenwing Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Just stumbled across this, surprised I haven't seen it before. I can't say I know who lockwood is, and I'll probably be pelted with rocks for that statement judging from everyone else's reaction lol, but I do know this is better than a lot of professional work I see these days in books and whatnot. Even concept artwork for large gaming corporations~

I think my favorite parts about this are the addition of the bats, the detail paid to the saddle, and the way you can see feathers behind those that are in front. A lot of people don't hint to the layering of feathers when it comes to painting, but it's the small details that can make or break a piece.

I want to reach out and touch the moss, to feel the early morning dew on my hands. At least, it looks like morning, and the faint sparkles look like dust specks and dew.

This is what I aspire to be someday. Ever since I found your artwork with pern I have been fascinated and amazed by you. Keep doing what you do so well~
KaiserFlames Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for these wonderful thoughts. I really love it when the stuff I create gets these kinds of reactions. :3
Connan-Bell Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
The bats are all like "Look at them! They're so defective!"
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