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Drowned in Moonlight
To a woman whose life and work has touched and inspired so many.

Edit: I have made the prints available on request, but have no intention of making any money off of a tribute art.  Any profit made on the prints will be donated to a gamer charity run by a friend "Gamers for Good", which had been organizing amazing volunteer works as well as putting together a couple of very successful charity artworks: www.gamersforgood.com/

Thank you and have a good day!

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Night Elf Revisit 1

Steps/High rez on art station: www.artstation.com/artwork/8o3…

Original deviation: fav.me/drol2h


10 years ago I came across the magical tool that was a wacom tablet, and grinded my teeth to invest in one despite of not having a real practical justification for it... Working in the game industry or as a professional digital artist had never seriously crossed my mind. I sat down for a long, whole day and was proud of what I produced - a night elf warrior.

In the last year, I began contemplating redoing the painting. Many procrastination and several sketches abandoned at various stage later, I used the final day of my Christmas/New Year break to finally do it. I kept the subject-matter and the general color scheme, but couldn't really think of a cool sitting pose or mood so I cheated and changed the pose. Maybe 10 years later I'll be able to make fireside resting look exciting.

Happy new year and go kick some butt

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Ascension steps
I don't have a super set "process" per-say, but this is pretty close to how I usually colorize a grayscale speed painting.

Final painting: fav.me/dan17ju
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Like many other late 20/early 30's peeps, I did not yet have a solid sense of human mortality when I heard the terrible news.  Kevin K Griffith, a friend, coworker, and fellow artist who was barely older than me was diagnosed with a rare and devastating form of cancer.  It seemed almost improbable for someone who was so fit, happy, and full-of-life to suddenly be facing death.  I read his and his wife's optimistic, touching, funny, and heart-breaking journals as they navigated through physical pains, emotional hurdles, medical procedures, and crazy insurance roadblocks.  I put logic aside and believed that somehow things still might work out fine.

I was high on Jet lag and beer when I checked my facebook, late last year.  The news of Kevin's passing hit me like a hammer to the face.

I thought about the time he sneaked me into a company learning event when I was just a nervous noob waiting for my interview.  I thought about the jokes we shared at sketch groups, the rapidly improving drawings he was making, the kindhearted relationship advice he gave to another friend even as he was dealing with some of the heaviest stuff one can imagine.  I thought about how happy he looked with his equally brave wife in their recent wedding pictures.  I thought about how young he was, just hitting his prime.  Yet he was almost doomed from the start.  There are a lot of great awareness and funding surrounding some of the more common diseases.  For a patient suffering from a rare disease, the lack of funding and researches often mean there is no cure.  It can be monumentally difficult to even figure out what options there may be.

When Kevin was battling cancer, a grass-root movement started thanks to a few good friends who founded a non-profit organization, Gamers for Good.  They began planning for a fan art book for Kevin, filled with nods to his favorite games.  Painters, photographers, sculptors, costume makers... all kinds of artists, friends or strangers, began to contribute.  Thanks to all the effort, Gamers for Good was able to put the book together and present it to Kevin in his final months.  It is their hope, and mine, that the book can carry on to have even more meanings.  Maybe it can become part of Kevin's legacy, a continuation of his giving spirit.  Maybe it will help many more people.

To learn more about Kevin's story, and to help with cancer research fundings, please check out the indiegogo page below:

igg.me/at/gamerforlife/x/56889…

Thank you for your time!

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:iconrosne:
Rosne Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love your work :D
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Hellyon-Works Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Your art is beautiful, I love it ! Keep up the good work ;)
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Tatuas Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
Great imagination and good works! (nice gallery)
Congratulations!
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renuard Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Professional General Artist
Your art is so amazing and wonderful.
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FutureChinaDMK Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
R Chinese and Taiwan similar
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TheOctopusMan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016
happy birthday, really makes my day to see your troll icon on my dash
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ShadowEclipex Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Happy Birthday,
From all of us to you!!~
We wish it was our Birthday
So we could party too!!~
Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D
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TheSketchhog Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Happy Bday!
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MasterChief398 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!!
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Kervala Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday Grace :hug: :party: :iconhappybirthdaysignplz:
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