Dwarven Hold: Kegiz Gavem

Place to discuss anything related to the 9th Age that isn't covered by the other forums.

Moderators: Ferny, The Loremasters, The Heralds

Message
Author
User avatar
Karak Norn Clansman
Posts: 588
Joined: Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:25 am

Re: Dwarven Hold: Kegiz Gavem

#31 Post by Karak Norn Clansman »

Kegiz Gavem Concept Art by Igor Levchenko: D Series (Sickle swords)

These artworks have been kindly created for T9A by Igor Levchenko, being a concept series of shotelai Gavemites, most wielding their sickle swords. Igor Levchenko has a deft hand at painting suggestive concept artworks full of vigour and an antique painterly impression.

Check out his Deviantart gallery and please leave him a comment if you like!


Kegiz Gavem Concept Art by Igor Levchenko: D Series (Sickle swords)

Image

D Mood Painting

Image

Concept D1

Image

Concept D2
Igor Levchenko wrote:Yes, that's a vertebra-shaped pommel, supposedly made from colorful stone.
Image

Concept D3: Stepdance
Igor Levchenko wrote:I envisioned him as a sailor, a naval [artilleryman] dancing his victory dance after scoring a hit on an enemy vessel.
Image

Concept D4

Image

Concept D5

Image

Concept D6

User avatar
Prince of Spires
Auctor Aeternitatum
Posts: 7917
Joined: Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:07 pm
Location: The city of Spires

Re: Dwarven Hold: Kegiz Gavem

#32 Post by Prince of Spires »

looking great. Very characterful. Thanks for sharing.
For Nagarythe: Come to the dark side.
PS: Bring cookies!

Check out my plog
Painting progress, done/in progress/in box: 167/33/91

Check my writing blog for stories on the Prince of Spires and other pieces of fiction.

SpellArcher
Green Istari
Posts: 13538
Joined: Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:26 am
Location: Otherworld

Re: Dwarven Hold: Kegiz Gavem

#33 Post by SpellArcher »

Karak Norn Clansman wrote:an antique painterly impression.
Very striking.

User avatar
Prince of Spires
Auctor Aeternitatum
Posts: 7917
Joined: Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:07 pm
Location: The city of Spires

Re: Dwarven Hold: Kegiz Gavem

#34 Post by Prince of Spires »

Prince of Spires wrote: The hiding of the heir (and family members in general) is an interesting twist. It did conjure up an image for me of a society where this happens and the ruler doesn't actually have an heir and they (try to) hide this being having different people parade around in the mask etc. There should be an interesting story there. Now, where is my pen... ;)
Karak Norn Clansman wrote: Nice idea there with the hidden heir! Fingers crossed you find your pen and share a tale. Cheers!
It took some time, but I found my pen. I finally got around to actually writing this story. There's no dwarves in it, but it does have the masked emperor and what the consequences of that can be. So, thanks for the inspiration :) It can be found here: Emperor

Rod
For Nagarythe: Come to the dark side.
PS: Bring cookies!

Check out my plog
Painting progress, done/in progress/in box: 167/33/91

Check my writing blog for stories on the Prince of Spires and other pieces of fiction.

SpellArcher
Green Istari
Posts: 13538
Joined: Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:26 am
Location: Otherworld

Re: Dwarven Hold: Kegiz Gavem

#35 Post by SpellArcher »

Prince of Spires wrote:It can be found here: Emperor
Sounds full of intrigue from the summary.

User avatar
Prince of Spires
Auctor Aeternitatum
Posts: 7917
Joined: Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:07 pm
Location: The city of Spires

Re: Dwarven Hold: Kegiz Gavem

#36 Post by Prince of Spires »

It is. Or at least, I hope so. It's about what can happen when those in power are anonymous and willing to do anything to protect their power. That, and demons rampaging through a medieval, east Asian style forbidden city. And explosions. At least one of them. :)
For Nagarythe: Come to the dark side.
PS: Bring cookies!

Check out my plog
Painting progress, done/in progress/in box: 167/33/91

Check my writing blog for stories on the Prince of Spires and other pieces of fiction.

User avatar
Karak Norn Clansman
Posts: 588
Joined: Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:25 am

Re: Dwarven Hold: Kegiz Gavem

#37 Post by Karak Norn Clansman »

@Prince of Spires: Wow, impressive! This makes it even more intriguing. Gotta read it later on!


Kegiz Gavem Art by Paulus Indomitus

The artist Paulus Indomitus accepted a commission from me to give us his vision of Ethiopian fantasy Dwarves. Paulus is a skilled artist with a most inspiring blog that made me put aside time to draw frequently again a few years ago. His primary fantasy outlet is a mirror world of our own history, centered around the declining Arcanea (Constantinople) during the middle ages. He has documented the process of his creations on his blog. Be welcome to leave a comment for him under the artoworks on Deviantart or his blog. He has a deft hand at historical styles, colourwork and dark shading, as can be seen in his gallery!

You can find out more in detail about his ideas and work with creating these pieces of art in two blog posts of his, for those who can read Swedish or wish to dare a translator program: Dwarves on the Warpath I & Dwarves Dwarves on the Warpath II

Note that several Nubian and Roman elements have been put to use in these designs, together with a slew of traditional Ethiopian references:

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Here are the pencil drawings before painting:

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

And finally some early sketches before Paulus decided on what to do:

Image

Cheers

User avatar
Prince of Spires
Auctor Aeternitatum
Posts: 7917
Joined: Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:07 pm
Location: The city of Spires

Re: Dwarven Hold: Kegiz Gavem

#38 Post by Prince of Spires »

Karak Norn Clansman wrote:@Prince of Spires: Wow, impressive! This makes it even more intriguing. Gotta read it later on!
Go for it :) Let me know what you think when you've read it.

The artwork looks great. Very unique and distinct. And I love seeing how it came together, with the pencil drawings and sketches. I would have loved to see more of that elephant ;)
For Nagarythe: Come to the dark side.
PS: Bring cookies!

Check out my plog
Painting progress, done/in progress/in box: 167/33/91

Check my writing blog for stories on the Prince of Spires and other pieces of fiction.

User avatar
Karak Norn Clansman
Posts: 588
Joined: Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:25 am

Re: Dwarven Hold: Kegiz Gavem

#39 Post by Karak Norn Clansman »

@Prince of Spires: I will, after I've finished a series of books here. Do not be shy of reminding me about it, should time drag out. Looking forward to read it!

Image

Last Ride of False Prophet Yuzhadaraf

Following the obliteration of an outmaneouvered Infernal Dwarf host on the Sacred Coast, popular Gavemite tales tell of how its cruel leader succumbed to wroth frustration and darkest despair. Surveying the field of corpses on land around him from bull-wings on high, and seeing nought but hostile ships and sea monsters devouring his scattered men driven into the salty waters, false prophet Yuzhadaraf let out an abysmal howl, echoed by his horned mount. So fell was this bellow from deep pits, that Daemonic hellfire sprang forth from the tusked mouth of the enslaver king, and the eyes of the vanquished warlord turned to burning coals in his unhinged fury.

Driven mad by the fullness of his defeat in battle, the flayer of the innocent bewailed his bitter loss of power. In hellish wrath did the trampler of prisoners lash out at his own dark deities, blaming them for withdrawing their favour from his victorious head out of fickle ingratitude. Had not he loaded the pyres with plenty of sacrificial victims? Had not their screams risen along with smoke to the high heavens without faltering? Had not the altar fires consumed the flesh of impure foes?

A tall flame rose out of the throat of the maimer of slaves, as he tore at his beard and cursed his triumphant enemies and heathen gods alike. Lo, how the mighty shall fall! His last words amounted to a furious prophecy of damnation, so heinous that those who heard it all dreamt nightmares of distant doom that night. And so false prophet Yuzhadaraf rode out one last time, consumed by baleful anger, and flung himself and his mount into the frothing sea. And the waters extinguished his fiery breath, and the waves devoured them whole, and so all was good along the Sacred Coast.

Thus was the first war between light and darkness won by the righteous.


- - -

Art inspired by my friend Igor Levchenko, a masterful artist. The leftmost and rightmost Dwarves in this drawing are directly based on two of his paintings, namely Proclamation Against the Infernal Dwarves and Dwarven Sicarius.

This fantasy scene is based on the fate of the last Himyarite king Dhu Nuwas, who commited suicide by riding his horse into the Red Sea after an Aksumite army (transported by the Roman Red Sea fleet) had conquered his kingdom in Yemen. This led to two wars over Yemen between Aksumite Ethiopia and Sassanid Persia, which saw the Persians victorious, in no small part thanks to their mastery of horse archery and siege artillery.

The parts of the rosary border with black background were the result of a mistake. The plan was to colour the background grey, as in previous Gavemite iconography. However, the grey felt pen had too similar a tone to the purple and blue, and so I tried to work in more contrast by colouring over the grey with black. Dark green would have been better, In hindsight. At any rate, here is the empty border for anyone who wants to use it for anything of their own (open source, no need to ask), and here is the lineart for anyone who wants to recolour this particular piece.

[spoiler]Image

Image[/spoiler]

Reference Images

[spoiler]Image

Image

Image[/spoiler]

SpellArcher
Green Istari
Posts: 13538
Joined: Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:26 am
Location: Otherworld

Re: Dwarven Hold: Kegiz Gavem

#40 Post by SpellArcher »

The first pic is absolutely lovely!
Karak Norn Clansman wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:19 am
Had not he loaded the pyres with plenty of sacrificial victims?
What more does a dude have to do, eh?

:mrgreen:

User avatar
Karak Norn Clansman
Posts: 588
Joined: Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:25 am

Re: Dwarven Hold: Kegiz Gavem

#41 Post by Karak Norn Clansman »

@SpellArcher: Indeed! :lol:

Two new artworks by the talented Igor Levchenko (check out his gallery!):

Image

​Kegiz Gavem Cleric

Image

Kegiz Gavem Warrior

SpellArcher
Green Istari
Posts: 13538
Joined: Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:26 am
Location: Otherworld

Re: Dwarven Hold: Kegiz Gavem

#42 Post by SpellArcher »

There’s something arresting about this artist’s style.

Post Reply