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Gwenn by BenWootten Gwenn by BenWootten
This tough lady was drawn for the new' Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms' book recently released by Wizards of the Coast.

Thanks to Kate Irwin for her great art direction.
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:iconraptorred79:
RaptorRed79 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Interesting the version of her in my copy of "Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms" she is a blonde.  I have to say I like this look better.  Always was a sucker for Red Heads and Brunettes :blush:
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, the blond was a revision for print, but I too prefer the darker hair. Good spotting:)
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RaptorRed79 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Thank you.  I had thought that maybe someone had copied your work for the book, but since it a revision that explains it.
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NonieR Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Have I mentioned in the last five minutes how much I love your awareness that cloth, leather, fur, hair, and other materials don't just have textures; they have weight and mass and thickness and react differently to pressure and gravity?

I mean, there are plenty of fantasy artists who at least know that chain mail isn't just a flat patterned shimmer over bare skin, but...!

Always your fan,

--Nonie
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I really appreciate your great feedback here, was fun trying to get credible cold weather gear on this lady, your comments are great reinforcement to keep doing this kind of grounded fantasy:)
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Blazeorama Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
This is one fierce warrior!  I admire your execution. 

Were I thirty years younger?  This would be a must have cosplay for me!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!! It was fun to get a real cold weather outfit on a character:)
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist
Very cool furs, nicely done!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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Levergunner Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Darned awesome work! I love the density of detail not just in design and color, but in the trinkets and equipment. A wonderful blend of artistic and utility that I can't help but love! :)
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I really wanted her to look capable, and well provisioned for the environment, was fun to do. Cheers !!!
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Levergunner Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
You indeed succeeded sir! I find those little things on the side really add a layer of depth to a picture, bringing it to life in yet another way. Fearsome and functional. Gotta love it! :)
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Borderfox2000 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Ben, this is THE best female artwork on the internet!  Beautiful capturing of a whole story from one picture; you can infer her whole life story from one image, a master piece of artistry and storytelling.  Brilliant!  PS  I see she is also in your piece 'The Kraken'; have you any other paintings with Gwenn in them?
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Good spotting on seeing her in that other piece:) I don't have anymore drawings of her. She was a lot of fun to paint and I did really want her to look real and not fantasy based as much as possible, she does look pretty capable and dangerous:)
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BeardedBovel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Great work! It's amazing that you have made the clothes actually seem warming in an otherwise cold climate.
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Huge thanks, it is great that comes across, I really wanted her to break the fur bikini stereotype we see so often.
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Takeda999 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Love it!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like her, she looks very capable and dnagerous:)
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TheRealJayDee Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
I have to second the comments about the detailed and believably practical clothing - just great! It's always nice to see visual designs like this in fantasy settings, especially when it comes to female characters. Keep up the good work! :)
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude, I do like to keep the females as well dressed and armoured as the males, adds a nice weight and reality to the settings I think.
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DaoyiLiu Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love how this girl actually looks warm :P Your art is fantastic
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I do like to make things as real as possible, especially when it comes to clothing and armouring women in fantasy settings. Thanks for the great feedback, much appreciated.
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DaoyiLiu Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic in a refreshingly practical way, which makes it all seem so much more believable
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:iconphramer:
Phramer Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!
The detail on the fur and the wood grain looks awsome!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks, she was fun to paint
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sweet suit!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:peace:
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:iconfarske:
farske Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Writer
I've commissioned someone to make this for my LARP character. It looks AWESOME.
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I am flattered:) I would love to see photos when it is done.
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:iconfarske:
farske Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Writer
Sure I'll upload it now.
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Keah59 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I found this on Tumblr a while back. So glad I finally found the original so I can fave it! Love your work. ^_^
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Huge thanks, I appreciate you taking the time to track it down:)
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bookplagued Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I'm not sure why, but this character, and this setting, and this picture in general just speaks to me. Perhaps it is the unforgiving setting, or the fact that this character seems completely at peace where she is.She appears hard and tough, but not quite to the point of alienating herself from other people. I love the clothes you gave her: not overdone but fitting in seamlessly with the environment you have put her in. Nice job!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Huge thanks for that great feedback. I love you got all of that out of the piece, that is really feel I wanted from it. I am stoked it reads so well.

She is a toughie alright:)
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Lagueuse Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh la la !!!... I wish I could recreate that awesome outfit in leather.... ^^
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I would love to see that if you do:)
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Da-Cricket Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
I SOOOO LOVE THIS PICTURE !
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!!
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:iconbayul:
bayul Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
LOOOVE.This.
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Huge thanks
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LoneWolf6155 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
great character design
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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Dhaundre Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Beau-ti-ful

Amazing!!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Huge thanks
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers:)
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Derpy-Gryphon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I had to do a double-take when I saw this! I'm playing in a 4th ed. Primal campaign right now, as a female barbarian named "Gwyned."

Absolutely stunning!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Funny, it appears there are no new ideas;)
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CresentElf Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
She looks like a great character.

I'm creating a pair of characters for a 4ed campaign tonight and this lady really gives me some great ideas.
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Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
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