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The Solar Circle by TheBourgyman The Solar Circle by TheBourgyman
Commission #1 ordered by ~Lavertue! It is depicting his and his friends' characters from the role playing game Exalted. They are, from left to right: Saule, Vérité, Gentille, Nuage and Ardent.


I think it's one of my most complex picture in a while. I haven't worked on characters with such a complex design in some time now. =P


Time taken: about 12 hours in Adobe Photoshop CS4.
All characters belong to :iconlavertue:, :iconlika-siruka: and :iconsoji-chan:!


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:iconskystalker:
This makes me super nervous to critique an artist as great as you! :lol: If anything, I look up to you! But I will do my best...^^;

You have an amazing collection of characters here (Even if they aren't yours. :giggle: ). The clothes are all designed nicely, the colors are smooth, and the lighting is well done, being very natural instead of blinding or distracting (A common mistake I make. Haha!)

The only thing I really notice is the woman with her arms crossed...It took me a moment to see this, but I think her arms may be a little too high. I folded my own arms to double check, and it seems they should rest under the torso more. It could just be me, I'm not sure! =P But I wanted to bring it up and see if you see it too.

Just an opinion out here, not necessarily needed...I would have thrown some bones or other small items littering the floor a bit, or maybe some small blood stains. :lol: This IS a commission though, so I don't know specifically what your customer wanted.

But seriously, this is an amazing piece. :love: I always adore looking through your gallery (Though I should be commenting more. Sorry!) and it's a pleasure to see what you put up for us. :) Wonderful work, and keep it up! :hug:
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:iconnatsilva:
*takes deep long breathe*

The way you have made the characters so, "alive: is what strikes me, jaw dropping flawlessness! The costumes where the second thing i noticed, my eyes danced all over the place!

from left: The guy with the sword, lol his grin makes him look devilish.. and sinister! But the sword he is holding makes him also look like a thief for some reason..

the girl with the blonde hair, she reminds me of princess peach =P lol! I loved her pose, and the little ? sends out a message she is clueless and oblivious to whats going on haha! But her design of clothes got my attention, very cute!

The girl in the middle, ahh she is obviously the teams leader! she looks so damn confident in that killer pose! Her costume is really creative too! and whats that she has hanging on her side? a cage of some sort? hmm maybe she keeps stuff in there or just likes cages :XD: the daggers she has takes me back to Zelda, yknow the gerudos? yup..and her dress/costume makes me feel like shes from a greek background..cos i dunno, just the way the clothes drapes to the sides :)

The girl with brown hair, heee.. her expression is like "yeah whatever" :XD: i like her outfit too! She reminds me of a native american indian girl :) either that or aztec.. she looks liek she is bored, or just wana get soem action, her pose says it all! She looks like she is gazing at the lights, either that or at the princess looking girl, "gawd you are such a blonde" sorta thing.. :P No weapon on her.. so she looks docile?

The guy on the right corner.. he is a pirate is he not? sure looks like one, his sword, and costume screams out.. REBEL! :lol: reminds me of pirates of the carabian heee heee.. i like his pose, he is looking at the girl in the middle.. oooooh he must have a crush on her, or is weary about her, (cos she is confident and looks like she will not take no for an answer) so maybe the guy has feelings for her, but his expression seems confused, so yea.. but also, seems like he is looking at the first guy on the left.. i dunno >_>;
but he seems like a good guy :nod:

The shading, and lighting effects are amazing! I loved the lights on the walls, very mysterious and dungeony :XD: oooh.. the whole concept is like, they just got to the camera at a dead end.. pit stop.. SAY CHEESE! :D

Excellent work Bourgy san!

:+fav: and sorry for the long critique, cant see anythign wrong with it... :/ but i thought id just state my opinion :)
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:iconhoraciosi:
horaciosi Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
Why is the blonde girl blindfolded?
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:iconthebourgyman:
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
That's part of her character design.
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:iconxxmiser-akiraxx:
xXMiser-AkiraXx Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconthesupermarioz:
TheSuperMarioZ Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
...I have also added you 4 my Watch
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:iconthesupermarioz:
TheSuperMarioZ Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Cool!! I liked it, although I don't know where are they
What series/game are they?
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:iconthebourgyman:
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's from a table RPG called Exalted.
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:iconcaptain-paulo:
Captain-Paulo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderfull!
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:iconbealzabuth:
Bealzabuth Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
SOLARS FTW!!?! *Falls over*

First time I've ever really seen Exalted art on here. Very nice!
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:iconjoshyartist:
joshyartist Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
i'm enjoying the textures here, very nicely done. the bricks, stone floor. the characters themselves seem all a bit weird but i haven't played Exalted so...
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:icontsunderelightning:
Tsunderelightning Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
Oh, this is excellent. These are Solars with personality.

Exalted is one of my favorite adventure games, and it's good to see such good fanart.
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:iconwolffield:
Wolffield Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Student General Artist
I wish you would make some tutorials or WIP of your work, I'd love to learn this way of digital art, any useful websites or other things to learn this? Anyway this looks great!
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:iconthebourgyman:
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe I'll take some time to do tutorials in the future. ;)

In the meanwhile I'm pretty sure other artists in here on DA have made very useful tutorials. If you search DA with key words such as "tutorial" and "digital", you might find something interesting!
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:iconwolffield:
Wolffield Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Student General Artist
Thanks for the information :)
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:iconmariettarc:
MariettaRC Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Wooow, this looks like you spent a lot more than just 12 hours on it, it looks great!

Haha, I'd have much more to say if it wasn't 3:30 AM right now.
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:iconebonnekoxiii:
EbonNekoXIII Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You gotta feel a little sorry for the girl in the back-left... :laughing:

Very nice! :)
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:iconthebourgyman:
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconebonnekoxiii:
EbonNekoXIII Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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:iconshadowluigimuhaha:
shadowluigimuhaha Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
Woah. :omg:

the shading is percise,
you've completly matched every character's clothes,
and the detail is astonishing!
plus it's drawn in your style!

Amazing job man!!
:D: :clap:
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:iconthebourgyman:
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmega246:
Mega246 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
The guy on the left looks like that king Leondiaz from 300 sort of...
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:iconpeachpoppins:
PeachPoppins Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Cool
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:iconshannonofthelake:
Shannonofthelake Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
This is great stuff.
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:iconfantoche-the-13th:
Fantoche-the-13th Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Poor the pink girl from behind...

The Blind Flaw gave a lots of extra freebie points but.. Yeah is kinda a pain in the a$$.

I dont know if its because Ia a Roleplaying lover or what, but I love this pic.

I will not critic, I will not add acid coment.
We even tied the Bizarr-O-meteR Team within the locker so they dont put their hands in this subject...
A Favorite Fav for the collection.
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:iconthebourgyman:
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, ok then. =P

Thanks!
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:iconapeman505:
apeman505 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Wow! This is awesome! I had a friend back in college who wanted to get us to play Exalted, but the way he described the game made it sound dumb. I kinda want to check it out now....
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:iconlavertue:
Lavertue Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
Trust me, its a very nice RPG. You have to give it a try
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:iconthebourgyman:
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, that kinda reminds me of how a friend of mine wanted to get me into his Dungeons & Dragons game 12 years ago. He was so obsessed about it, it freaked the hell out of me!
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:iconkamon-san:
kamon-san Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Woah, ils sont vraiment cool! J'adore leurs personnalités, leurs vêtements, leurs couleurs et le décor...

...en gros, j'adore l'entièreté de ce dessin. Surtout que je connais :iconsoji-chan:, le monde est petit! :)
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:iconthebourgyman:
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Merci! Et ouais en effet quand j'ai vu que vous étiez dans la même "gang" d'amis, c'est tout de suite ce à quoi j'en ai conclu. =P
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:iconjediannsolo:
JediAnnSolo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work! The details are just fascinating and the color is beautiful. :)
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:iconthebourgyman:
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconghirox:
Ghirox Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student General Artist
CREEPING AMAZING!!!!!!!
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:iconpetels-the-shaymin:
petels-the-shaymin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Those outfits are complex, I give you a :thumbsup::thumbsup: for drawing it so well!
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:iconthebourgyman:
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconpetels-the-shaymin:
petels-the-shaymin Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Your welcome~!
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:iconviper-x27:
Viper-X27 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
This looks like an interesting bunch.
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:iconsztewe:
sztewe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing
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:iconsztewe:
sztewe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing
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:icondr-baconman:
Dr-Baconman Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Know what's neat about this picture?
You get a grasp on each and every character's personality, like you could start putting words in everyone's mouth from just looking at 'em.
Saule looks like the Wiseass of the group, Vérité the airhead, Nuage the Little Miss Serious, and so on!
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:iconthebourgyman:
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! That was my goal in doing this picture, and I was given a few very useful details about each character's personality by the commissioner, so I could put this knowledge to use. :D And I think your "perception" of each character is somewhat accurate!
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:iconblueinfernotigon:
BlueInfernoTigon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Wow, you did a really good job on this. :] Kinda feels like a video game.
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:iconninsega:
NinSega Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome, man. :D :wow:
I love the details.

Keep up the great work, man.
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:iconbirfhum:
Birfhum Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Awesome! I wanna play my exalted games now... it's been such a long time ago.
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:iconlavertue:
Lavertue Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Dont waste your time and DO IT!
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:iconkentaruz:
KentaruZ Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional Writer
wow, so cool x3
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:iconthebourgyman:
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkentaruz:
KentaruZ Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Writer
your welcome
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:icontetramegaman:
tetramegaman Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Wow, that's some serious number of hours. o_O Cool characters. :nod: All they need now is some humanoid ally. :D
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Pikachupalooza Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OOOh.....Man.....
Dang parental controls have the picture not showing......it happens with this computer.
I'll Critique soon~
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:iconthebourgyman:
TheBourgyman Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Parental controls blocking a picture that doesn't even have a mature filter tag? Weeeird. :o
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