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Meli's Gallery

  • Member
    June 22, 2015

    Please note that the gallery is currently undergoing maintenance following the introduction of the new photo plug-in, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible

    Hello all, following a recommendation by Curse Never Dying and Golden Fool to create a gallery over here in the Art Group, here goes..

    I have been drawing on and off for years, and quite a stubborn art student when taking my GCSE's, not sure how they put up with me! My mum taught me most of what I know and has encouraged me to experiment and find my own comfort zone for both medium and style. Mostly though I'm a copy artist, over the last few years most of my artwork has been gifts for family and friends and not for pleasure. When I found the Blog as it was then, I decided that would eventually change, and after some not so gentle nudging from Sotek, I began my first TES piece... The College of Winterhold.

    The following pictures are my attempts so far, constructive criticism and questions are more than welcome

    The College of Winterhold

    The “College” is my first piece of Skyrim art, and for me, is quite epic in terms of scale and detail, it is mainly pen and pencil, though the pools of magic when completed will be blue. I'm not sure if this will ever be truly complete in my mind, but at some point I know I will have to say it is finished.

    And finally as of August 22nd, 2015 I think I am done. After testing a number of theories in GIMP, I settled on drawing the initial outline of the magikca on the main drawing in coloured pencil. Then scanning (again), and modifying the magicka using a number of different techniques in GIMP. This included motion blur and a shift distort filters:

    Entry for Dragon Week

    This is a small-ish mainly pen drawing that was rustled up when Paul announced the upcoming Dragon Week. This was quite fun to do as there was quite a lot of small scribbles to get the scales on the dragon just right, knowing when to stop though is tricky.

    Dragon Week Entry

    Lakeview Manor

    This picture was an attempt at being re-inspired to continue my work on the “College”, Sotek suggested drawing my favourite place in Skyrim, this was the result. It was also good practice for the pine trees as I was yet to complete these on the “College”.


    Mirric Farseer - An Interpretation

    This image was born from curiosity, Sotek had created a drawing of Mirric Farseer in his unique style, and I wondered what it would look like if the colours were reversed. After a short amount of tinkering in GIMP, this image is the result, who knew that scanned paper could create such a fantastic effect. The original version of Sotek's piece is located here - Mirric Farseer.

    DBB - Or Dibella's Beautiful Blade (based on the build by Shinjin)

    Originally meant to be an entry in the 2nd Art Bonanza, I came up with the idea of a storyboard based on Shinjin's build - Dibella's Beautiful Blade, unfortunately my imagination got carried away, and then work got in the way, so it would never be finished in time for the Bonanza. But, never one to give up on a challenge, I have persevered and can see the pinpoint of light at the end of the tunnel:

    Picture 1:

    This has been through various edits, thrown out, started again:

    Picture 2:

    Meridia was much simpler:

    Picture 3:

    Meridia's temple is a little trickier, a reasonable quality background is needed before I can plan how this will work, I am intending that DBB and the corrupted shade will both be hand drawn initially:

    Picture 4&5:

    Dragon Bridge and Dibella's template are still in the planning phase.


    The Home of Auguris Cedas in Cyrodiil

    This piece is associated with my blog The Imperial Auditor, after progressing to four published parts, I really wanted to get more of a feel for where Auguris came from, I ended up purchasing Oblivion and wandering around to find the perfect home that tied in with the basic back story that I had.

    Enter Weye, small, close to the Imperial City, perfect for Auguris to commute from and ideal for Ladia (his wife) to grow herbs and raise their twin children.

    Final shot after adding more definition in pencil, and then a little editing in GIMP:

    Home of Auguris Cedas, Cyrodiil

    ESO: Orsinium Echatere

    A quick sketch of one of Orsinium's domesticated beasts of burden, this took around an hour from a screenshot which I found on Google. This was inspired by watching Phil's Twitch stream based in the Orsinium DLC, I get the impression from Phil, that you would not want to get too close to one of these guys in the wild, the tusks look bad enough, but the forelegs?

    Described by other members as "Orc teddybears" or "if Bethesda made plushie Echatere's, I'd buy one", I'm inclined to agree, especially when I saw the Echalette!

    ESO Echatere

    ESO: Orsinium Echalette

    A sketch of an echalette, this was a rather quick one:

    ESO Echalette

    Oblivion Snapshot: Sir Bouq'uet Hei'd of Camlorn

    Originally inspired by watching Minophis paying Oblivion for the first time in years, after I picked up a copy for the PS3, a discussion regarding the design of the Crusader's helm ensued and Sir Bouq'uet Hei'd was born:


    [last updated 22-Jan-2017]

  • Member
    June 22, 2015

     This looks great Meli.

    All my nudges are gentle... Until I bite.

    Can I make a suggestion. Add the picture of Lakeview Manor before you added the tree as well. (You know the one). A lot of the art members like to see work as it progresses. I know I do.

  • June 22, 2015
    I'm glad you made this discussion. You've got quite a talent there.
  • Member
    June 22, 2015

    This one Sotek? ^

  • Member
    June 22, 2015

    Yep, that's the one. It shows the rocks in their two stages as well as the house before the fine detail was added.

  • Member
    June 22, 2015
    Looks amazing! I wish I had your talent :D
  • Member
    July 14, 2015
    Wow! Never dare stop drawing, your work is awesome.
  • Member
    July 14, 2015

    Thanks, I think this year has been my most prolific artwork wise since I was at school, definitely enjoying it.

  • Member
    July 18, 2015

    Added updates of the College of Winterhold

  • Member
    July 22, 2015

    The details are stunning!  I wish I had the patience to draw like you!