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Rakshasa by butterfrog Rakshasa by butterfrog
Character artwork for "Deep Magic" from Kobold Press.

I did this last year around august (2013), the book just got released today, April 2014. Sometimes it takes that long...

Copyright: Kobold Press
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XburiedinblackX Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Those backwards hands. *shudder* That's why Rakshasas creep me out.

Love the details on this, especially the bells (?) at the bottom of the robe. And those colours are gorgeous!
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, curious that something as "simple" as backward hands can be so creepy, huh?

:D
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XburiedinblackX Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
I think it's the subtle body horror aspect of it, you know? You look at it, and at first it seems perfectly normal (well, spare the fox head, but that's standard fantasy fare). Then you notice the backwards hands and you realize that something isn't right. Then you get all sports of horrible images of wrists cracking and bending backwards, and it becomes a lot more terrifying.

Or maybe that's just me. Well, whatever it is, it's effective.

Was it hard to draw the hands backwards, or visualise the placement, after drawing every other figure with correct human anatomy? I imagine it would be a bit of a curve-ball.
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it was surprisingly hard, and it was just a matter of invert the hands. I guess the brain knows it's "wrong" and refuses to work properly... :D
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XburiedinblackX Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Haha, that makes sense. You got there in the end, though!
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cinemajack Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Love the blurring effect going on
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! Great job on the mirror images :)
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turbosuo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
backward hands check!  and damn is it disturbing looking.   great picture!  I really like the robes, the possibility to have many hidden pockets in that purple or under the feathers.   something people forget about.
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butterfrog Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
garments in fantasy worlds should by multi-purposes :D
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turbosuo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
agreed.  just say no...to the armorkini
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