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Don't Leave Me... by Zchanning Don't Leave Me... by Zchanning
Gallus and Karliah from Skyrim, saying their final goodbyes in the Twilight Sepulcher.

Karliah is one of my favorite characters in the game, but she had such a sad story. I've had this sketched out for months and finally decided to shirk my other responsibilities so that I could finish it. After the initial sketch, it only took me like three hours to paint, wut!?

I was inspired by this delicious stock which I also used for a reference: [link] so big thanks to :iconfairiegoodmother: for providing it! <3
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ShivvyKitten Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :) this is a lovely representation of their devotion for one another, a bond that can even go beyond death
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lexxyjade Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

This is beautiful. It's really bringing genuine tears to my eyes, because I really love Karliah's character. She didn't deserve what she went though. I love how you kept Gallus so ghostlike and blue, and the faint glow on Karliah's skin. Karliah looks wonderful too. Although, I wish Gallus had been just a touch more translucent. Just a touch.

 

But I love it. Well done.

 

 

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Zchanning Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for your beautiful comment! Karliah was a great character with a wonderful voice actor who really brought her to life. I don't feel like she really got a happy ending even after the quest line was finished. I also agree about the translucency, I was trying to give the impression that he was fading out of existence for the last time but it was a bit tricky to do without zooming out more. I'll keep that in mind next time I paint someone ghostly, though!
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lexxyjade Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, and I agree about her not having a happy ending. She deserved more after all those years of torment. Best of luck with your art!
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:iconrebelkid18:
So beautiful...
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Zchanning May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! The glowy effects were tricky, but really fun to do. I'm glad to hear that I succeeded. :)
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:icontrish05:
Awesome, amazing picture!
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Zchanning Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconwardragonn:
You have immortalized one of the best stories of the game
the best time of the tragedy!
this and Mercer's betrayal, the appearance of Karliah!
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Zchanning Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh 'immortalized' I like that word! :D It was a great story, I definitely didn't expect Karliah to turn out the way that she did. Or Mercer for that matter!
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