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The General by BenWootten The General by BenWootten
Interior illustration for Wotc.

I submittedthis a while back but had jumped the gun and the book hadn't been released at that point, so here it is again.
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:icongeminice:
Geminice Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Such a proud and powerful general. Great work!
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks!
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plainred Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Do you like the way you draw people?
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not really, sometimes. Very rarely like anything I draw full stop, can always see the mistakes ans bit I don't like.
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Oldzuu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Wow, this is one of my favorite pieces from the book. Awesomesauce!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Huge thanks, that is a compliment, there is great art in that book
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Djake Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the overlapping swatches of leather (?) at the elbow. Interesting way to keep the arm light and free-moving, while still offering protection.
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GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
very nice work!
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realmdragon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011   Digital Artist
outstanding!
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Gears-of-the-Soul Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
After looking through your art, I finally have to comment and tell you how impressed I am with your skill and attention to detail. Your armor looks so natural and believable, as if it would look this good were it made in real life as well. Also, you are now one of my favorites for a few reasons, one of them being that you create strong women characters in your art, in a very respectful light, something that should be more prevalent nowadays than it is. LOVE IT.
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Huge thanks for your great compliments. I am stoked you like the grounded nature of the design in my work, I try to keep things at least looking like they would function as they were intended, I know that in reality they are still way over the top and wouldn't really work but you have to work within the confines of the brefis and setting. I do appreciate the comment about heroic/strong women chareacters, bare midrifs and chainmail thongs are just so cheap and weak, unfortunately mant would disagree.
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Cibbwin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Damn, she is incredible! I remember seeing this woman in the books, too. I'm using her for a character reference, and I guess I have you to thank.

Thanks! I especially love how masculine her face looks, yet she's not completely lost her femininity. I'll bet she's the least girly-girl one would ever meet, but she's fierce in the sack. :D
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah don't mess with that lady.
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ColonelLiamRoss Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Fantastic! Love the armour design and the belts!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, heavily influenced by the established look of the D&D 4e stuff, as it had to be.
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ZeOrhion Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
I found this wonderful illustration, we feel the status of the elf to her stern face and her proud posture.
I like the composition and layout, without forgetting the details and especially the chainmail that is really beautiful.
You are really talented and each of your creations is a source of inspiration.
Bravo :clap:
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Huge thanks for your kind thoughts. I like this piece and I am stoked you got so much out of it, brilliant.
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HuorCalmcacil Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
I don't know how you do it, but.... you just did it again...
It's all perfect, the tanks, the jedi/sith... pfff

All incredible impressive and amazing!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Huge thanks:)
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Kenjiz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
No more underdressed plate female!

Fully plated and actually facing the front with enough female features

awesome....
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the appreciation of the fully armoured female, I get tired of the half naked chick warriors....
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sendrael Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
So much tiny details. Love it!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Really wonderful concept here. I mean, it has that sort of hardened warrior look, yet it still captures many elegant things that defines her race regardless of the life she's lived. The wind picking up her hair and loose garbs helps insinuate that especially with the flow. But yeah, definitely one of the nicest elven inspired works I've found that manages to define the atmosphere just right for the setting. =)
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again, your kind of commentary makes relook at my work and make sure it is working top to bottom. I am not sure I look at it as closely as you do, but will do from now on, thanks for pushing me a bit more.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
lol, your welcome, I think. ^^; I'm just a sucker for details-- always trying to find a story with them.
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Then I will try and keep putting them in.
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Dungeon-Diver Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
Nice pose and great armor design!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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Dungeon-Diver Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
Your very welcome! :D
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
The armor detail is superb! The knife and the horn remind me of a few certain pieces from a certain film.. *whistles*
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I have no idea what you are talking about....
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MissStark Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everything about this is fantastic, especially the minute textures and steadfast pose. He (she?) looks like one mean fighter.
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It's a she, but I feel that her face is just a little hard and liney so she looks slightly masculine, I should really do something about it but I am too lazy;)
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Vasthor Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
WTF!! epic composition *-*
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nice, thanks:)
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stucat Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Ahh thought this one looked familiar. Love how you to put in all the details in her armour and accessories and the army in the background has some interesting characters too
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
deja vu eh?
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art-monkey-mu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Wow...simply wow as I always thought the illustration to the "Legendary General" epic destiny was one of the best in the book (yeah, I think my inner geek is showing!)

I especially love the armor design involving plates and chains (really an underused element in fantasy art) and constructed in such as way as to feel both fantastic but also functional. Also, you were able to portray this elven...er...Eladrin figure (which is stereotypically physically frail) as both attract but possessed of an almost tangibly physical power.
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks my friend, I am flattereed, there is some great art in that book.

I loved getting the feel of strength through poise and almost force of will to this character. This is how I see elves, sort wasp like....beautiful and dangeruos in the same singular look.
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the feature, heaps flattered. Sorry not to get back to you ealier.

Thanks you!!!! :)
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eoghankerrigan Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Very authentic details and design. You can definitely see your experiences on LotR and Chronicles of Narnia in this :D.
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I hope the armour looks like iy would work, to at least some level. Sometimes it is really hard to get the high fantasy look and functional in the same armour design. Learnt a lot in the film desgn about what will translate into something a person could wear and fight in. Saying that I am not sure that could be sadi for this piece, just the illusion of it...hopefully.
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eoghankerrigan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Cool, I think it worked out really well :D. Is learning the functionality of armour very difficult? It's one of those things that I can never seem to get right.
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It's obsevation really, and understanding how and why armour works. I leart heaps from the likes of John Howe and turning armour designs into something an actor could wear and use on LOTR and Narnia. I wouls recoomend going to medieval reinactors and havign a really good look and chat with folks how know how to make and wear the real item, and then go from there. Museums are good and of dourse books and the net. It's all about the function, design comes from there.
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eoghankerrigan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Cool, thanks very much, that really helps :D.
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SparklyMuso Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Student General Artist
love the armour and scary eyes....
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You don't become a general by having kind eyes ;)
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SparklyMuso Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Student General Artist
haha i like your art. is that such a crime?
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ShadowSweeper Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
I'm impressed with the winged characters in the back. This is one wicked race of Elf.
:)
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