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Dovahkiin-in-training by Isriana Dovahkiin-in-training by Isriana
It's family time, Nord style. Is there any better way to bond than teaching your little girl how to cleave a man in half? I think not. :D

Anyway, I have really really wanted to paint something more about my Skyrim character, Skaila, and especially something about her life before the events of the game. So here is my little Dovahkiin, about 7 years old, practicing some axe swinging basics with her father, Roril. Every dragonslayer must start somewhere, right?
I also just realized that I haven't shared much info about Skaila's background either so here are some facts. She's originally from Winterhold, not from the College itself, but from the town right next to it. Her family has been living there for generations, though many family members were lost during the Great Collapse when most of the city fell into the Sea of Ghosts. Skaila's family is a small one, her being an only child. Her father is a warrior specialized in using two-handed battle axe (which Winterhold fighters seem to favor traditionally), and he joined Stormcloaks almost instantly when the order was founded. Skaila's mother, Sigrin (who didn't fit into this image, unfortunately), is a herbalist originally from Dawnstar.
That said, I think this is big enough info dump for one image. ;) I really hope I'll have time to paint some other images about Skaila and her story soon, but my studies and numerous other drawing ideas are always the issue. Maybe one day I'll actually manage to finish all the stuff in my sketchbooks... Meanwhile, I really hope you like this painting!

As a little bonus for those of you who take interest in such things, I documented few stages I went through while making this painting. You can find the result here :pointr:

Just for comparison, here is my girl more grown-up. Seems that she has kept daddy's lessons in mind:

Skaila and Roril Skaran me
My characters from the game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

For more fan art inspired by The Elder Scrolls take a look at here!
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DerFreiwild Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
The child looks like the young Aela D:
TheDrawingWarrior69 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! I love this! It's one of the best in your gallery.
BWByars Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is Hearthfire for me. This is what it is all about. Thank you so much for this, and it should be included in Hearthfire promotions.
thelakotanoid1 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist
thats so cute ^-^ <3
copper9lives Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
OMG Adorable!!!!
moonfire-dovahkiin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
OpheliaImmortal7 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awww this is so wonderful would make an incredible father's day present :D could sell this on cards :) xx
mariatresh Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daddy's girl)))
CSphire Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So is Sigrin Frida's daughter? When you mentioned Sigrin being an herblist from Dawnstar my mind went straight to the alchemist there. :B
JenniferO77 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DeeJay1993 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
AWWW so cuutteee 
ReploidAvenger Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Aww Father/Daughter moment. Very touching. Love the style and the expression.
Plucky-lass Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the expressions and the life in this piece, you've really captured the moment.
invislerblack Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
jaywife Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
MasterJediPwnosaurus Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
This just made my day. So badass, and adorable at the same time
kolotho115 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Character Lore Questions Activate *boop* was the mother or father in the dragonborn bloodline?
Moxxitits Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, we just found the new hero of tamriel
NocturnalDarkness Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Dear Gods, this is the definition of Badass Adorable. :D
hunterXIII Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student
Reminds me of when my da taught me how to use a shield... :)
Basic-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
This is cute. Her dad looks like Kurt Russel, so she's being trained by the best.

Awesome work, faving. :3
skywalcker Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
okay that's just freaking adorable
pittbull44 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
that takes me back to some good times
werewolveskickass Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
this is adorable and I love it!
Harrkonen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
No dearie...use your hips more, you'll never sever a man's spine with that kind of swing!
Tobassinesia Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I wish my dad would teach me things like that. Instead, he tries to get me to teach him how to play video games properly. He fails.
Beautiful. It kind of reminds me of the little girl from Brave. Anyways, great job. Siddling away awkwardly now.
MullinstheGreat Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this image brings warm feelings to my heart . . . WOW that sounded creepy! anyway, great work as always =D
VoidBound Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
This is kind of me... Except for that it wasn't an battle-axe my dad was teaching me how to throw, it was a tomahawk.
amarillite Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely adore this picture! (I had actually seen it before I became a member of deviantart and had it bookmarked until now. ^^) Not only is the motive beautifully chosen but the characters themselves seem to become alive. It's such an endearing moment you captured there and I love that you put so much thought into your game character.
mascaradegesso Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Manila245 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Awesome, totally awesome. Isriana, you're the kind of gamer I love, you put character and depth into the person you're playing. It's not just a point and click scenario for you. It's emotion, personality, and history. And that's why I love your art. Whether it be comics for in-depth photos. You'll always be #1, no matter what!
TheCavemanMan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Absolutely stunning. And the background details make me have chills at how cool it is as a story. Have you thought about writing a series about your Dovahkiin?
Isriana Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :D Great that you think so.
Yeah, I have actually - though so far I've only managed to write bits and pieces about her.
TheCavemanMan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
But thats a good starting off point for a story though. It starts as base plot points, then more and more you think on it. It grows into a full story. I beg you to keep working on it, lol. It's amazing what you've come up with so far. DON'T GIVE UP!! YOU CAN DO IT!!
Bluntschli Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
I love this picture. It catches the spirit of a real father-daughter-relationship (in an early stage). I'm melting when I look at their expressions!
Isriana Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :tighthug: Great that you think so!
E-tacha Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Two-handed, huh? I approve of this. :p
Isriana Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, learning to swing the big ones early on... :D
cavemankong Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
that is really good, i cant paint to save my hide from a dragon!
Overeaction1 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you make such beautiful art?!
MajdAddin--Alhasi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha, that's awesome! Amazing job! =)
Isriana Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :dance: Heh, it was lot's of fun to paint my Dovahkiin as a little kid with a training axe.
Vodos Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, yes. Nothing beats Nordic pastimes.

Skaila: "What are we going to do today, daddy?
Roril: "Well sweetroll, we're going to cleave some draugr in half today!"
Skaila: "Yay!"
Roril: "But first you've got to go out there and chop some firewood for the afternoon."
Skaila: "Aw. Okay, daddy."
Isriana Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS. This just completely made my day... :XD:
I should totally add that to the description.
tarnvogL Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this is great ^^
Nightengale14 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jarheadcharon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Writer
As a father, a gamer, and a practitioner of melee combat, this struck all sorts of chords with me all at once. Fantastic stuff! I can't wait to start teaching my daughter the basics, too!
Neutral-Death Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What her father never knew is that he was training the most dangerous and efficient woman in the world.
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