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Caernun by dloliver Caernun by dloliver
Finished version of a study of a character I came up with a while ago - CaernŻn of the Mound [link]
I wanted to do another drawing of him, closer in, from a better angle and with more detail.

Neither is he a lord of the dark nor the light, neither benevolent nor malign.
Ancient as the land, older than the mound he raised.
In the hollow hill is his hall, all woodsmoke and leafmold.
The scent of the den, the hibernating beast,
all carnal sweat and terrible strength unfettered.
And his names have been manyfold.


EDIT: Adjusted the forearm a bit. Not perfect but I am happier with it now.
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:iconpoeticlotuscreations:
PoeticLotusCreations Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is even more appealing! Have you written anymore about him? If not, would you be interested in doing  so?
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
i havent, though i used to write stuff now and again, very fragmentary and incomplete, i never find time these days.
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deviantwin15 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Amazing work! :)
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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deviantwin15 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
No problem, I think you are an amazing artist! :)
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Rogolone Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Like!
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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belial1980 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Sweet!
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dloliver Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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SiberiumAbyss Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I remember you drawing this character a while back! o.o I recall being utterly awe-struck by it as well, but I can see in this picture that you have improved as vastly as the contrast in decibels since then. Even as a sketch, I was positively eager to see the final result (Even if I didn't have the time or motivation to say anything), and now that I have, I'm absolutely mind-blown!! O_O As much as I hate to admit this little vice (If I could call it that. XD ), I rather admire the intermittent works that convey a regal beauty rather than gore every now and then, as it really refreshes us with something new (Make no mistake, though, I still favour your macabre art overall. XD No one can rival such brutal morbidness in the concepts), and this is no exception... The angle and position in which he folds his arms to further inflate the confidence in his posture conveys an air of might, power and majesty, and the small volumes of shading suffused over his bulging, muscular arms define the indentations of an entire series of muscles that further boast his strength. The lighting, however different in ambiance the composition provides, is, as always, marvelously executed with a good understanding on the direction of the light source, and gives further definition to the details, be it the bulges of his heavily built physique or the greatly pronounced cheek bones, and I love the way the eyes eerily reflect of the almost nondescript skin tones. :) The crevices of the horns and the finest hairs suffusing his form are so fine and intricate, it borders realistic! I especially love how the character fades into the murk of the mist eddying around the scene here-.... well, I always have admired that quality, but you seem to do so with such grace and magnificence in your works of recent. o.o But what really caught my eye, here, and what I consider an improvement to the previous piece in stark dichotomy is the markings.... Such a gorgeous hue of blue, and not so garishly alight, giving the viewer the impression that whatever unearthly power teems through his system courses beneath, in lieu of the exterior, and the carvings of the markings are so elaborate and realistic! It really seems to give the creature the feel of being existent.

Overall, amazing. o.o
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for that. hehe you certainly are back :D
it was fun to do another study of this character, one more a portrait than the previous one. Looks a bit like a bouncer on the door to some sylvan underworld.
Thanks (as always) for taking the time to look him over and comment so descriptively ;)
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SiberiumAbyss Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :) ....Meh, I don't know why I haven't commented on your other pieces yet! D: I should get to that forthwith.
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dloliver Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
;) yer a legend
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SiberiumAbyss Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaand I did it. :) ....I think. D: I sure hope I did.
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o0Magnus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
superb concept
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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Aytanay Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome, he is one of my favorite characters from u, and in this version he is even better =3
I like his tatooed-like skin a lot /o/
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dloliver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
had a few problems with this one but I'm happy with the end result.
glad you like it :D
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do love this piece. Your creature exudes a strength more than anything one should be frightened of.
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dloliver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks Jon, much appreciated
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome.
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional
very beautiful
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks ;)
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional
you're welcome!!!!!!
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The spirals on the finished product makes this character look like a Gilmero Del Toro character. Nicely done with the lighting and phosphorescence of his eyes.
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dloliver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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trigun666 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
epic
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dloliver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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Natsum-i Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist
This is awesome!
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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SnoopyMD Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Kinda reminds me of The Faun from Faun's Labyrinth. :leetcrab:
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SnoopyMD Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I ment Pan's Labyrinth Fauns... derp
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dloliver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i suppose he does a bit :)
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ArachnoWolf Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
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dloliver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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Not0fthiswor1d Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
From World of Warcraft??
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:icondloliver:
dloliver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nah. not that i am aware of :)
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Not0fthiswor1d Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh.. They remind me of the Box cover with the bluish alien looking thing on the front... holding a fireball.
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