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Forest Guardian by nicholaskole Forest Guardian by nicholaskole
A "Masked Guardian of The Woods" for an art test! What was meant to be a quick sketch became a bit of a less-than-quick-still-a-sketch.
Kind of pleased with how he came out- particularly his green light, which I don't often use.

I work professionally as a freelance character designer at the moment, and since nobody is paying me to do watercolors, sometimes those have to take a back seat while I pull the old Photoshop back out :p I miss them already- but I do like going back and forth! Makes me feel...versatile? Or like a sneaky art-spy with a secret watercolor identity.

Not breaking crazy-new design-ground, I do tend to rely more on old favorite tropes when working quick (like an enduring obsession with Barn-Owl based masks, tattoos-are-fun-let's-do-that, and the classic throw-some-round-things-in-there!) But I am kind of proud of antler-beard. That's new for me :p
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Yvanya Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist
beautiful :D
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FPS-art Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
gorgeous!
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Jonmkl Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
DIG the shapes present here, and yes, owl masks are infinitely awesome and shall always be!
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breweryskinh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Cool. Looks like the labyrinth of pan dude...
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Mafutofu Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i want him as a pet
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:iconnicholaskole:
nicholaskole Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha- I'll...see what I can do? :p
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:iconmafutofu:
Mafutofu Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
but dont make it so expensive pls!
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:iconnicholaskole:
nicholaskole Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
HA. cheap forest spirit guardian pet? NEVER
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Mafutofu Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nooooooooooo!
i hate your greed, you wont get my money! iŽll steal that guardian!
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StruggBuggStudios Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Dynamite work, buddy.
From your sketchwork, to your lines and especially your coloring style.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for saying so! I'm glad people dig seeing the progress shots
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StruggBuggStudios Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's the good stuff in my opinion.
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ElOblazewicz Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I absolutely love your style man. From the wonderful colors to dynamic experiments with proportions and anatomy. Makes me so sad that tha KoA mmo got axed, your works for that project are amazing!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, man- I'm glad to have this kind of great support and interest around here. Copernicus may be dead and gone, but there's hope yet! Many more things to do- and this piece in particular is the art test for the new job I've just started. So stay tuned :D
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thedum10 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
love the colors on here :O
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :D
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J0N-Lankry Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awesome colors !
lightful
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks so much, fella! Glad you like it!
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ichimarunef Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really awesome !
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Vromius Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Brilliant designs as ever. Always a treat to open my watch updates and see one of yours on it. :woot:
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) that makes me happy to hear!
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thebigjb Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Artist
As always, I totally love it.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ach- thank you as usual :)
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allytha Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeously designed!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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SapphireGamgee Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
He looks like one of those guys who look really bulky but have inexplicably elegant movements.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah! Why not!
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SapphireGamgee Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
(I have a confession.....after I said that, I had this vision of him in a tutu, pirouetting all over the place like a fairy princess.... I'M mostly SORRY!! )
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol. Apologize to no man. Believe in your dreams.
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SapphireGamgee Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*sparkles* My beautiful, beautiful dreams of giant earth-gods ballet-ing all over the place!
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Beezul Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this doesnt look like a carbine art test :p
diggen it!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ach- 'tis not, alas. Are you a Carbiner? I love what I've seen of Wildstar! You guys have a rad product- but I guess I'm not too keen on moving out west just now :/
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Beezul Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
that i am. glad you are digging the style so far ^__^
i dont blame ya... its hot out here...
but seriously... if you ever DO want to move west hit us up. you are the dude
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
^_^ There is but one dude. And he abides.
But I am glad to have at least one fan over there! If freelance starts to look interesting to Carbinites, or if I suddenly get the mad urge to live closer to much better tacos I just might head on over :p You guys do kinda rule :)
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AdamHunterPeck Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Really beautiful!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
^_^ thanks!
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pure-feather Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Something about it gives of a Legend of Zelda feel! As always, still loving your artwork and concepts! :D
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! That's an awesome compliment- I was thinking in that kind of zone when I was designing him!
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pure-feather Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
haha thats awsome! The creatures in that game are pretty cool as well as inspiring ;)
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Artist
As always, amazing work! :clap:
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
As always, thank you :)
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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macnaruto Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like how you show the black and white layout, and then next to it the color. It is a good way to show off your work. Looks great!!!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! they wanted me to show process, and I know people in general like to see the work that goes into a piece- makes them feel more like they're getting their money's worth ;)
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HannaKN Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the antler-beard too! And that grassy fur on his shoulders
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hehe- thanks! I was trying to avoid antlers so much, but then I flipped them upside down and it felt about right :p
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zlman89 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
do I see a little bit of Greek myth here? :)
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:iconnicholaskole:
nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just a smidge ;)
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Mr-Goblin Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Artist
Not trying to advertise myself, but I really like this concept of yours and we both strangely covered the same kind of features for our own concept-art, [link] perhaps you'll like to see it :)
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