You all know I’m a nerd for the tabletop game, Exalted from Onyx Path Publishing (and if not, SURPRISE! Prepare yourself for my weebness). I help run a Discord server for fans who like to create art, writing, etc. for this particular TTRPG community. Recently, we started up a community activity where we roll a die to choose a character from a member to create arts inspired by them. This little collection features characters from our first rounds.
This activity has been an excellent opportunity for me to practice different styles, so strap yourself in for a ride through the colorful characters and styles of my first Exalted Character of the Week collection!
(My gal, Kalara, was chosen for the first round, but that’s a whole other art feature collection for later).
Theo for Jen
Theodotus is a bombastic Zenith Caste who beams rainbows from his heroic anima. The energetic style of the Hades video game seemed like a perfect fit for him. I absolutely adore this style and always wanted to try it myself! This style involves clean line work and bold highlighting for a signature look. I definitely want to play with it more, as it suited my own proclivity for line art and elegance very well.
- Watch a timelapse of Theo’s creation here.
Orchid for MissSunnySweden
Next, we have Leaping River Orchid, a demure noblewoman Twilight Caste who hides her Anathema nature from the noble house she was born into. She prefers to charm rather than combat and seemed a good fit for testing out a style inspired by the Arcane animated series with her elegant costume.
I’m particularly happy with how this one came out. Despite how rough it is, it feels polished in the right places, which is a valuable lesson to me on balancing detail and value in a composition so I can plan my time and effort with pieces better.
- Watch a timelapse of Orchid’s portrait here.
Thrice-Fallen Affections for Raefen
Finally, we have the Abyssal, Thrice-Fallen Affections, who serves the Deathlord, The Lover Clad in the Raiment of Tears. Thrice-fallen Affections has some rather risque tastes in formal clothing in the skeleton themes of the Underworld.
- See the uncensored version and watch the full view timelapse of this piece here. Artistic nudity warning (bare breasts in a non-sexual context) for any who do decide to click through.
It’s my hope that by experimenting with different styles, I refill my creative well a bit, as well as learn about what makes MY style “me” by figuring out what it is I like and don’t like, what feels right to me, and how I want my work to look in the future. Most of all, it’s just nice to take a break from serious years-long projects to have some fun with casual art! I have been emulating Mucha for so long with the Birthstone Goddesses series that it’s nice to break out of my shell a bit.
The Exalted Character of the Week Challenge is going to be an ongoing activity in the future, so I’ll probably share quarterly collections from the event from here on out. It’s been fun to let loose with styles and fashion exploration with all the colorful character possibilities that Exalted has to offer thus far.
Next up, I hope to have a very special bit of fan art inspired by my favorite TV series of 2023 – Blue Eye Samurai! Granted I can get it done by next Thursday. We shall see!
Till then, I hope you enjoyed the art dump!