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Bard - Dungeons and Dragons by ClintCearley Bard - Dungeons and Dragons by ClintCearley
This is one of several pieces I did for the new D&D material coming out soon but the only image released so far. The brief called for a half human, half elf bard. The style guide outlined the looks for the humans, elves and bard class so it was my job to blend the elements and make something new out of it. The cuts and colors of the clothing remain elvish; the heavy fabrics, leathers and metal reflect the human side. The race of elves he's from are rather androgynous, something I was interested in conveying. The pose and black guitar-thing was inspired by the idea that basically he's a medieval fantasy version of a rock star but instead of traveling from city to city to play music he travels around taking gigs to plunder dungeons. Not that different really. The background was left intentionally blank as they needed it that way for layout in the book.     

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ASGemar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Professional Writer
This is by far my favorite picture out of all of the released material so far. The look, the attitude, it's all so telling for the character.  You did beautiful work on this, thank you. 
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SkillTreeMusic Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic rendering of the skull and musculature. The clothing does convey weight as you noted. The detail is attentive as each item is not overloaded and contains their own identity.

Everything a bard could ever hope to be.

That is a sweet lute.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Professional
sweet job
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usoutlaw Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016
i love this picture its probably my favorite in the whole players hand book
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northierthanthou Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
Diggin' the pose.
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robertekew Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
D&D 5e Players Handbook. 
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PolarStriker Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply amazing! Easily one of my favorite pictures in either the DMG or PH.
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Guns-Ho Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015   Writer
your work is magnific, you could blend both worlds into a new magic and especially elegant side. I bought recently the book , and i fell in love with your work.
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emeraldgaze Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015   Writer
this is so cool, to find this on the internet and the artist after seeing it in the player's handbook
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Keeblrkid Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015   General Artist
Easily my favorite picture in the Players handbook.
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GraphicDroid Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture and the whole 5e is fantas(y)tic.  
Like a medieval rockstar with a six strings mandolin. :)
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Zerrick Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is a fantastic piece! :D
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Oribaki Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
I gotta say: all that you said in your description was the first things that I thought when I looked at your art in the book (androgynous half-elf, "electric guitar" style, elvish-like clothes...), and there is nothing in the page that even mentions such things. So, yes, not only a great/awesome art, but also an incredible work in putting a whole concept you conceived in your mind into ink. 
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zenkai97 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
looks nice and an interesting fact about the game. I really like how you did this.

I'm still trying to learn more about the game dungeons and dragons and interested in it and also making my own manga series based in it.

here are some samples if you want to look at it:
zenkai97.deviantart.com/art/Du…
zenkai97.deviantart.com/art/Du…
zenkai97.deviantart.com/art/Wh…

overall, I really like your picture of the Bard and the information.
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ProphetStorm Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student Writer
I love this take on the class!  Very nicely done.
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DarinCalhoun Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awesome!
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EvelynNightingale Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Photographer
I look forward to seeing the other pieces!
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Aliciane Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing character design ! From the design to the actual execution of the concept, this is excellent work. I also liked reading your explanations on the brief and the choices you've made to respect it, it was very instructive :)
If I wanted to nitpick I'd say that maybe the hands could have been a bit more detailed, but hands are a pain to paint so... =p
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Bomb-a-Jead Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I like it very much! It has a traditional feel , like It was made on watercolors :)
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Goatllama Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks like he's about to pull a Townshend with that guitar.
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shy4 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
awesome job!
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ShamiesArt Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You nailed that androgyny! First glance brain said hey look at that woma.... hold on, its a ma ... no wait ...whats going on here!?
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gabrielegabba Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, this is incredible work.  I especially like your colour palette :)
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catnamednorris Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty kickin' rad guitar he's got there.
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ClintCearley Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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DawnZiarte Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so badass!
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JoshuaGraphic Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As a long-time player of D&D - I have to point this out. HALF-ELF BARD! It's the only kind of bard there can be in the D&D Multiverse.
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mecengineer Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
impressive
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ChunLo Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely design and great colors.
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Raeikon Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome design
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ArtofJefferyHebert Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is a wonderful design! Love the colors you used.
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IamT Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol copyright the guitar design ! haha awesome !
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Rayder3d Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Dude, this pose: I hold my lute like this, because then I look like a badass.
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TheVaultsofMcTavish Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done!:)
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Nice
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Hippiecheese777 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Fantastic! are you by chance going to be doing a Halfling rouge? that is my favorite class and race to play!
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ClintCearley Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
No, I didn't do a Halfling rouge, sorry :(
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Hippiecheese777 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
aww, that's a shame :p
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Okami-Kiera Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just started playing D&D and this design makes me wish I had created a Bard character-- it looks amazing! 
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alphatrope Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Gorgeous colors!
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thehallowenboy Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
se ve como un rock star muy buena la pose me encanta se ve muy dinámico... 
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KimericalArtworks Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cool! Reminded me of my roleplaying group x3
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LouisDelasbour Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow that is nice looking.
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vansty Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This looks so good! much more interesting design than what you'd expect from D&D style guide.
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AndyMichele Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Loving the colors~! I need to learn how to paint like you do, haha c:
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