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The Golden One by Isriana The Golden One by Isriana
In my latest journal I mentioned that I had a third Skyrim character in making, and I felt like painting a little portrait of her even though it's likely that I don't have time to play as her anytime soon. I'm still way too busy with Skaila/Bron/Brenna.
Anyway, here she is: my Altmer mage Laraniel. I figured that since I've been disliking Thalmor so much (not just my characters, I find them jerks personally, too) it would be interesting to try and play as a High Elf. She's actually my first elven character in any TES game. :P Oh, and she's blind, too. She lost her sight in a magical experiment gone wrong about a century before the events of Skyrim, but during those years she has learned to use her arcane senses to make up for the loss. Needless to say, she uses Clairvoyance spell a lot.

About the artwork itself... I started to put this together last night at LiveStream but I couldn't finish it at the time. Those of you who were watching will probably notice that lots of things happened since the last time you saw this painting. Basically I felt the face was a bit off, but I couldn't put my finger on it at the time. This morning I took another look at it with fresh eyes and noticed that the proportions were slightly wonky - the left side and the jaw especially - and I wasn't too happy with the hair either. What I did was that I spent another three and half hours repainting the face and hair (twice actually, as it turns out curls are not my area of expertise) until I was satisfied. The background caught a bit more detailing, too, and the colors are more natural now. :D I still think I could improve this a bit but... meh, maybe some other day when I have more time.
Anyway, thanks for watching and commenting - again!



Laraniel me
my character from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim



For more fan art inspired by The Elder Scrolls take a look at here!

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Tumblr: [link]
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:icongesyraur:
GesYrAur Featured By Owner 9 hours ago
She is so beautiful  Heart Heart 
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CRartistTKD Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
She is beautiful! Great work!
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LadySlipstream Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Absolutely beautiful.  The lighting and colours are breath-taking!  You've inspired me to go and create an Aldmer as my second character, when considering which race to go with, and for those very same reasons.  They are the seeds of hate in Skyrim, so the dialogue and offhanded comments will be juicy!!  A stunner you are, Miss Laraniel.
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ReyRay Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! I love your more realistic work! My first comment on deviantart :D
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superpopcorn101 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She is amazing. I recently created an Altmer for the first time as well and It's been great fun :)
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hardcoregamer96 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Wish i could do that
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guiltius Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
...wow...
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chiyuu-kun Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
She looks absolutely stunning!! :heart:
Her story is really interesting too. I want to see more of her, please! :D
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ArcanumTwilight Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Magnificent.
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tobor88 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
She's beautiful...
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thatnaminegirl Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
This is absolutely beautiful! The warpaint you used is my favorite... I feel like it is almost symbolic of tears and, in your case, connected to the sorrow of losing her vision.
I love the concept of her being blind, but I have to ask a silly question: Do you play the game with the brightness setting turned all the way down, or attribute what you see on screen to be her arcane senses at work?
It'd be cool if there was a mod that would display only the outlines of everything in different colors or something to simulate what it could be like to be blind... but it'd probably take a TON of work.
Again, this is absolutely beautiful!
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Isriana Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :la: Great that you think so.
The first option you mentioned sounds interesting (I might try it some day just to see what it feeld like) but currently I'm more inclined to the latter one. I try to keep in mind that in spite of her arcane senses there are lots of things she can't do easily (climbing in difficult terrain, spotting things from distance, riding a horse etc.) so those things obviously affect my gameplay. Also, I tend to use Clairvoyance spell instead of looking at a map when I'm navigating towards quest objects since it feels like more natural choice for her.
I agree about the mod, that would be very useful (at least to me) and it would definitely increase immersion!
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ChineseFightinMuffin Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful ^^
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seventhcaustic Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Writer
An Altmer dovahkiin would definitely be the most interesting, story-wise, choice of race. Just imagine how the Nords would react to that one. I'm actually surprised not to find this choice more common.
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ruthfender Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
I absolutely love your artwork - how you change from comics to such detailed pieces like this, I think it's incredible.

I would love to see a comparison screen shot if you've got one, though. :)
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Isriana Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :tighthug: Great that you think so!
Sure, I have one screenshot of her posted: [link] :D
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ruthfender Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Haha, I literally just saw it! I was like, "Oh no, I'm gonna look stupid now!"
Ah well, either way, I wish I was half as talented as you. :D
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Phanteia Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
great work on the face :D veery true to the altmer! xx
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:iconisriana:
Isriana Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :la:
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Aricael Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who! This is so amazing! I hope to see more of Laraniel soon!
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:iconisriana:
Isriana Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :la: Great that you think so!
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Aricael Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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jashin3378 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
This is amazing
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Yogami Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I made my mage blind too
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WillDan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fantastic =D
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trish05 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Gorgeous!
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Kyouningyou Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist
She's very beautiful. I like her story too, even though its only a short description right now. Have you ever thought about drawing your characters interacting with each other?
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Missy2aT Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
gorgeous!
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CyberMonkey21 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
I like the High Elves, my favorite elven race, just I hate the Thalmor, they give High Elves a bad name, though Ondolemar seems cool, he's not a complete jerk like all the others.
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E-tacha Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
In all honesty, why bother drawing her this way if that kind of hair isn't available in the character creation? '-'
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Isriana Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mods. ;P I have that kind of hair for her - or actually even a bit more curly version.
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dsajk Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is amazing! i love high elves (for some reason. idk why)
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E-tacha Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Because they're taller than everyone and have beautiful golden eyes? :3

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dsajk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
probably that's why.
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MajdAddin--Alhasi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesomeness! Perfect coloring! =D
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Isriana Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :D It was the first time I tried to paint an Altmer so the palette was a bit challenging at first - I'm glad you like the way it turned out.
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Bek359 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Just gonna throw something out there, use it if you want: High Elves are able to disguise themselves as Thalmor by putting on Hooded Thalmor Robes. This will let you, say, go through a certain infiltration quest in the main story in a rather different way. (At least I think it works, you may or may not need the Unofficial Skyrim Patch *which you should have already if playing on PC* for it to work properly)
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Isriana Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, thanks for the tip! :XD: I always go for disguises when I get a chance - I shall most definitely try that when the time comes! :eager:
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CrossGraphics Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=U epiiiic! the first character i ever made was an elf lol xP
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Zorua649 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Writer
Oh. My. God.

she's blind and uses magical ability to make up for it?! that's just like my character, Damien!(no kidding, I've had him as a character for like, ever.)
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Isriana Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No way! :XD:
Great minds think alike?
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Zorua649 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Writer
yeah they do!

seriously, I JUST took a screenshot of Damien placed in Oblivion(via CS), I'd like you to see it:
[link]
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Isriana Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! :XD:
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Zorua649 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Writer
ikr? placed him in with the construction set, so that meant I could give him a blindfold! you just can't do that with console commands!
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Giririr Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
A splendid addition to your lineup of characters! Personally, she's my favorite thus far (I'm a sucker for mages.)
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RockL5 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I actually have a character that is an altmer and has a fully fleshed out story! His name is Eardil Aundae, and he is a descendant of a long lineage of Altmer that made their living in Morrowind (particularly with House Dres). You might remember that there was a clan Aundae in Morrowind, which was a clan of vampires. His ancestor was the leader of that clan, and he was not aware of it until the events of dawnguard.

What ends up happening to this character is that he was getting out of cyrodiil as he wanted to make a new living in Skyrim (as cyrodiil is now not a great place to make a living, especially if you are a magic oriented character thanks to the Synod). As he was entering skyrim, he ended up getting in trouble with the law as several Nords were making remarks at him for being an Altmer. He then proceeded to attack some Nords who were imperial soliders, and tried to flee using Lorkir's stolen horse, and thus the events of skyrim started!

And best of all, he takes after his famous ancestor, only to become more powerful thanks to Dawnguard. While he is not an evil character to begin with, he starts to become more and more corrupt as he becomes a vampire. He starts to take more pride in his new-found power and slowly starts to commit more violent and irrational acts.

One of my most complex characters!
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Lauraurora Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very beautiful. The colours are gorgeous.
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
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Isriana Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :la:
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EmyMilu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! I really like how you did the blind, unfocused eyes - I've given up trying to draw blind people, because I always mess up the eyes. Good job! ^-^
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