Eternal Seven » Malazan

Silchas Ruin is one of three brothers from the Malazan Empire series of books written by Steven Erikson. He is one of the first sons of darkness, but unlike most other Tiste Andii he is white, because he is an albino and even the darkness taking him did not change the color of his skin. The character is rather evil but even when the author puts him in bad light you can’t help but cheer for him, and he is involved in some sheer badassery in the later books.

Silchas Ruin from the Malazan Empire

I took some artistic liberty with the glowing fiery swords.

I started this drawing on Christmas Eve 2014 and worked on it over close to 3 weeks. It’s one of my biggest efforts in recent years in terms of time I’ve put into a drawing. Here’s a tweened animated GIF from 6 of the major stages of the drawing.

Silchas Ruin WIP animated GIF

I had multiple references for inspiration, most notably this work: The Hunt

Updated on 1/18/2015 with more tweaks to details and mainly fixing the scale of the head which had somehow become too small! Thanks to the comments I received on Google+ and the Malazan Empire Art Forum.

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Here’s my take on yet another character from the Malazan Empire series of books. I made previous attempts to draw a Forkrul Assail and don’t feel I did them any justice. This is one of the ancient humanoid races which inhabits Steven Erikson’s world, they have extra joints in the arms and legs. While these creatures are portrayed as incredibly strong their main power is in their voice, a mere word from one of the pure-blooded Forkrul Assail can enslave those who can hear it. This race is introduced very late into the books and is by far the most mysterious of all the various races. One thing which can be said for certain is that nobody likes these evil bastards.

Sister Calm is the first Forkrul Assail character introduced in the books. While I don’t think she has red eyes in the story I felt like drawing red eyes on her.

A drawing of Sister Calm - a Forkrul Assail character from the Malazan Empire Series by Steven Erikson

I made this over the last day, started with a pencil sketch and for some reason I became obsessed with getting this colored. It has been a while since I worked with such focus on a drawing. Here is the breakdown:

WIP for Sister Calm Drawing

As you can see I started with a pencil sketch, and added colors and painted on top. I did most of this work on a single layer but at times more layers were added before being merged into the main painting. I’m guessing I spent at least 10 hours on this.

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Here is a concept sketch of Apt, the Aptorian Demon along with his buddy Kalam Mekhar. These are characters from the Malazan Empire series.


Apt the Aptorian Demon and Kalam Mekhar pencil sketch

This is a pencil sketch, rather small in size about 4 inches wide. Took me a couple of hours to get it to this stage.

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The creature below is straight out of the Malazan Empire book series by Steven Erikson. I picked these books up by accident and have been reading them over the last year. Even though the reading is very difficult at times, because of the complexity of the story and the author’s style, it’s become one of my favorite book series ever. As far as fantasy goes, the Book of the Fallen, is the most epic story I’ve ever read both in size and complexity. I honestly hope to do more art associated with these books as some of the most memorable characters in fantasy literature come from them.

Note: Currently reading the Crippled God, the 10th and last book of the series.

K'Chain Che'Malle Kell Hunter Pencil Drawing

This is a pencil drawing which took about 4 hours to make. One of the better drawings I’ve made recently imo.

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