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Not Strong Enough by ErinM31 Not Strong Enough by ErinM31
Kaiden Hawke and Fenris as they appear in my fanfiction, Lyrium and Ashes

Lyrium and Ashes: Chapter 01 - A Sickness
Slaver Caverns outside of Kirkwall
She liked to eat in front of him. He knew when he’d had nothing all day but a bowl of gruel that he’d be waiting on Hadriana at dinner. He would attend her and her “friends” in her opulent apartments, pouring the wine, serving their extravagant meals. Watching him, she would curve her mouth around a juicy bit of steak, eyes half-closed in pleasure. She wanted him to ask for some, to pilfer a taste of the excess they squandered. Fenris would never grant her such a victory.
One of her companions stood near him, reeking of perfume and wine. He did not move, did not let his face betray anything as she scraped a manicured nail down one of the lyrium markings on his neck. “Just how far do these tattoos go?” While he imagined the satisfying pop her windpipe would make as he crushed it, Fenris stood still, impassive.
Hadriana’s mouth twisted into a delighted sneer. “There’s one way to find out.
   Kaiden Hawke by ErinM31   Yours to Hold by ErinM31

The title, Not Strong Enough, references the song by Apocalyptica. I found it inspiration for both the painting and the story, as Fenris is very conflicted about getting involved with Hawke, especially since Hawke is a mage.

I would like to thank Falln-Stock for providing awesome reference… and nathies-stock for the awesome stone and skin brushes… !

Disclaimer: Fenris and Dragon Age belong to Bioware
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Very beautiful piece! The shading and lighting really brings the picture to life. The person with the white/blonde hair, their eyes are very intriguing..
There are a few tiny mistakes, though; the person in back mostly. There are a few places that just seem unfinished. You've drawn the focus onto the front male's eyes and it really pulls it together. The pose, the expressions, background, and the coloring are all very skillfully done! Your shading brings them to life, and the background helps keep the mystery. The only little problem is the few places that seem unfinished like the arm in the front near the elbow or the person behind's back. However, this piece was really skillfully executed. The piece is very beautifully colored, the tattoos on the man in the front is very well designed.
Overall, though, it's a really stunning piece.

Really amazing job! You're really talented. Keep up the awesome work. :3
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I strongly believe that art is mostly about emotions, I'm not a fan of wonderfully painted but totally useless and cold pieces of art. That said, your techinque is quite good, surely better than mine (this morning I have found a lot of useful tutorials here on dA that I hope will help me make a better job with Sadius ;))
I think this piece of art is full of emotion and the impact is strong, the bodies are gracefully shaped and the faces are quite expressive.
I think that Kaiden's skin is a bit flat and maybe too blended, but it's a minor flaw that doesn't spoil the wonderful work at all :hug:
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gatumon89 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
really beautifull work! it looks so realistic! i love it!
ErinM31 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Thank you so much! :aww:
AbsolutVaklav Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful emotion in this painting... Lovely characters and wonderful presentation!
ErinM31 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Thank you so much! :thanks: I'm glad that came across! :heart:
Pryate Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, they're gorgeous.
ErinM31 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Thank you so much! :aww:
ArtistaDeAlma22 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The vulnerable side of Fenris. Great work on the painting and the story!
ErinM31 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Thank you so very much! :hug: I am very glad that you have enjoyed them! :aww:
Chenria Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very beautiful piece. The soft colourig and the blending of the shades add very much to the depths of the whole picture.
Fenris looks strong, yet vulnarable and Kaiden looks great, too :3
ErinM31 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Thank you so much! :thanks: I really appreciate the feedback and I'm glad that you like my work! :hug:
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