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Issao N'toth for Freyad-Dryden by GenreChowderStudios Issao N'toth for Freyad-Dryden by GenreChowderStudios
Having opened myself up for art requests, I was glad to accept the first request from someone I've often corresponded with: ~Freyad-Dryden It took me longer than I thought it would to finish this pic for a number of reasons, but I think the end product is pretty neat. And drawing it was really fun. Here's their character description. [link]

If I learned something drawing this character, it's how to draw androgynous characters. I don't know if it's a 100% as ~Freyad-Dryden saw it in their mind's eye, but it's the most sexless character I've ever drawn. I've learned that making such a character isn't just drawing a womanly face on a slender man's body or even removing all secondary sexual characteristics (because you look like you have a preteen usually), it's about mixing them into an almost equal impact balance.

Firstly, easily identifiable breasts are out, but a good choice would be to suggest such parts with clothing. Small, rounded shoulders, lean and toned arms ending with soft hands. The body is not that difficult, I just chose those things even though there's a variety of other choices one could choose. It's the face that's the difficult part. I chose a long, straight nose not to bishie-fy Issao but because a nose like this is a regal centerpiece for the face. There's something very grave about a straight nose. With the hair, I wanted a sort of noble look that combined male and female looks, hence the bald top paired with the full hair that rests gently on a shoulder and the curled up locks of hair touching the face. Actually, in retrospect, I could have had it have much longer locks of hair in front of its ears. Or maybe that Chinese opera sideburn-looking style.

Cataract pupils is a good look for an otherworldly character. It makes the character look intense and eliminates the need to add pupils or eye shines. As for the clothing, I originally intended to put a ton of detail on the robes, but I decided against it; plainer robes lend a more ethereal look. I did end up using color holds on them, though, which adds to the glowing, otherworldliness of the character.

By the by, those aren't elf ears. Issao N'toth's description mentions a dragon, and I always imagine dragons with ears that look like that. Had they been elf ears, they'd be longer, narrower, and with more inner ear detail.

Anyway, enough of my rambling. I hope ~Freyad-Dryden
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Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Some interesting choices there. I was especially curious to see how you'd go about the wings. I took the idea of ten wings from the book of Ezekiel, where it described the higher order of angels as having up to eight wings (and also on fire), but it never described how those wings all fit on one body, so you get so many interesting interpretations of how that would look.
Interesting that you incorporated some dragon qualities into the face as well.

And no, it's not really what I saw in my own mind, but that's okay. The Elder Gods all look a little different to everyone who sees them, because their forms are just projections of their nature, which the human brain interprets based on their own experiences. You couldn't really grasp the true form of the Elder gods, so you see what makes the most sense to you.
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GenreChowderStudios Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hmm. Well, alright.
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Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I also love the really dispassionate look on his face. That fits really well with the character. In the Book of All Creation, one of the distinct characteristics of this god was that he never used familiar nouns (the original language it was written in conjugated words differently depending on whether or not your relationship with the person you were speaking to was intimate). He likes to project an image of someone who is never intimate or personal.
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GenreChowderStudios Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
The very high eyebrows help with that, I think.
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Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
It may well could be. Either way, I like it.
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GenreChowderStudios Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Me, too. I like blank faces that somehow still emote.
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Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Even a blank face expresses something, because you usually only see blank faces on people who are trying to disguise their emotions, which is actually pretty much the case for this one. It's really disdainful underneath it all, but it puts on a show of being disconnected and unconcerned because it thinks it should be seen.
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