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Commission: Akhanda the Rajput Warrior by Pakoune Commission: Akhanda the Rajput Warrior by Pakoune
Commission for the board game "Swords of the Seven" by Kanachi : [link]

For this painting I was inspired by the work of Andre Pater, especially for the background. And the pattern's dress was completely inspired by Klimt.

The story of this character was very important because it determined his design and my way of thinking is quite symbolic:

Akhanda was once a weapon smith and strategist of some renown and there was a time when many kingdoms sought his council. However, as time passed his vanity and desire to test his skills lead him into the ranks of Grongar the bloodthirsty giant king.

It was only later, when he saw Grongar’s vile nature first hand, that he realised the true horror he had assisted in unleashing upon the world. This realisation ultimately drove Akhanda to plot the destruction of Grongar’s kingdom from within. However, even though the brutal empire eventually fell the giant king was able to escape, taking his remaining followers into the distant lands of the far north.

Akhanda has roamed the world ever since, hoping to make amends for the evils of his past as a sword for hire!

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I wanted to highlight its former and faded glory, especially with his white and gold rajput armor and his blade. Because he fled to the north and traveled the world in search of redemption, I wanted that people feels his wandering in his appearance . That's why I put some very étéroclites elements in his costume to remind his many travels (like sheep fur and leather armor from nordic & celtic culture). The red color is here to remind his nickname : bloodthirsty, but not to much because it refers to his evil past. Furthermore I used a portrait of Vlad Tepes in order to design his face, cold and experienced, but his expression is voluntarily a little bit sad to highlight his desire to make amends for his past.

I really work hard to paint more like a professionnal and I still have a lot of effort to do.

THIS WORK MAY NOT BE USED IN ANY WAY WHITHOUT KANACHI'S PERMISSION.

Copyrights©Swords of the Seven
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Odilicious Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Superbe personnage!
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DameOdessa Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
En fait, concernant cette image, je ne sais pas quoi dire...
C'est juste extraordinaire! Je l'adore! Elle est magnifique, le personnage a un charisme fou, ses habits, sa pose, son regard, tout traduit chez lui la confiance, la puissance, un être qui ne doute pas.
Les couleurs sont admirablement choisies, le fond est superbe et donne une incroyable profondeur.
Mes mots me paraissent bien creux et vulgaires face à la perfection de ce travail...
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Pakoune Mar 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
O.o Euuuh là c'est les mots qui vont me paraître terriblement creux. Je ne sais absolument pas quoi dire si ce n'est que je suis stupéfiée par ton commentaire. C'est ... je ne sais pas, je pense être en bonne voie pour l'élection de la personne la plus heureuse du monde :D Très franchement je suis - d'une certaine façon - très fière que tu prennes toujours le temps d'écrire un commentaire sur mes illustrations, là je suis tellement contente que je n'ai aucun mot qui me vient à l'esprit en dehors de celui-ci: merci !
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DameOdessa Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconglomp2plz::tighthug::blowkiss:
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DameOdessa Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave:

Your fantastic work has been featured here: [link]

:iconhappydayplz:

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jrholford Mar 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
damn!
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Stolvezen Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Belle ambiance :aww:
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:iconsignhermitcrab:
J'aime beaucoup! :D
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Wordeea Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
amazing details
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:iconkanachi:
Its been a true and total honor to work with you. I adore the image you have crafted here and I'm so thankful to have an artist of your talent helping me.

I could not have asked for more! Truly exceptional work and I hope the community gives you the attention your skills rightly deserve!

Thank you :)
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