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Bartley, Villain Progress by django-red Bartley, Villain Progress by django-red
Progress update number 3 on a piece I've been working on for a bit now.

"He's the main villain from my recently completed D&D Eberron campaign, Lucius Bartley.
For now, suffice to say he is a human artificer of some power, and is a masterful manipulator, a cunning foe, and a deadly opponent. Essentially the Moriarty of Eberron."

This guy just bloody REFUSES to be done. Everytime i think i'm nearing the end, i decide to change things up a bit. Cape folds, magic, lighting, you name it. Well, i think i've finally got him in a position i like, so here he'll STAy until he's finished. I have a few other projects to work on for a bit, so personal projects like this one have to go on the back burner from time to time.

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I would prefer comments to favs, or ideally some wonderfuly horrible conglomeration of the two. >;)

(c) G. A. Bennetto
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Xero-Ryun Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
I love this picture. I actually used it as the concept for a dnd character I ran a year ago. Now I'm running a game set years later, and would LOVE a picture of an older Bartley. Not super old, just... older. lol. Great picture man, I love it.
Crossgravekeeper Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
The design of this character is absolutely jaw-dropping. He has an almost sassy "Hail to the King" attitude and the intimidating presence of lightning pouring from his hand certainly helps convey that.
ilextm Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
LOVE IT! Would you care if I used these pictures (Bartley, Sabata, Qualmior, and VonRuthvek) in my campaign?
Archaga Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
This is exactly what I'm looking for. I'll be debuting as DM soon and my mini-campaign involves a series of progressive challenges and needed a bad-ass character to act as the game-master. He'll be a demigod of sorts; creating mini-dimensional pockets, summoning stuff/creatures, reality manipulation, and creating custom game rules and scenarios outside the D&D rulebook. Something to make the game a bit different than what my group is used to.
Jesserios Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Amazing work. I wish I could draw half as good as this. ou are amazingly talented.
Renbour Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my, he looks like a fun character to play (as the DM, of course)

Would you be so kind to answer, how'd the players handle this dude? Was it easy, or only the toughest warrior was left alive? Because I really like the design of this villain :D
django-red Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
He killed 3 player characters, 2 through subterfuge and manipulation, and 1 in outright combat, though mortally wounded the other and left him alive as a mind game to the players. Unfortunately the game fell apart when some of the players moved away, so we never got to conclude the dueling. ^_^
Raiu1994 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I wouldn't mind participating in the game if you moved it online.

I would be happy to betray the party for this guy. He just oozes power.
InnocentBystander19 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Became inspiration for a villain in my current campaign, a powerful drow named Magnus. The white coat is his signature, and makes him stand out so perfectly. Wonderful character.
SilverDragon90 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love his outfit! He's so cool looking and the pose is nice as well. The shading is just out there. You did an amazing job on this.
Mourdryu Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
f*king brilliant
Sean-teh-Sex-Pirate Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
damn.... this' awesome
spacewitch17 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he looks so cool, i love envisioning DnD characters =)
cjacks2195 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
pretty bad ass
exocolumn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Great work!
binkibonsai Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Love the fabrics and magical effects!
Zireael07 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
What race is he? I love the outfit and the pose and the details...
FallenAngelItachi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Why so awesome??? He is amazingly well-done and...if he is the villain then by all means let the man win! xD His clothes are very very pimping by the way-aristocratic looking and all...and white does suit him so! Your art is very nice great job!
BloodStoneFreedom Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i can't get anything even remotly close to that, bravo! just started d&d and trying to get some ideas, im totally lost at the moment
VentusAerus Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student General Artist

One of my own villains is much this type...marvelously drawn stuff here. I love how everything around him just fades to black, and his long white coat is the centerpiece of the picture. IT's all about him, always has been, and always will.

Andrie-Oddbody Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Great work, ridiculous amount of details...
Bobartles Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Had to fave this one, I giggled so much. My surname is Bartley. :XD:
Cartoonfiend Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
An AMAZING piece of art with a very interesting character. He reminds me of a character I created for an RPG. It's a shame he isn't a good guy....
sannamy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is inspirator, man... I need back to draw... My villains need ther artwork. ajajajajajaja
Roliim-Vago Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
can i use this image for a game plz?? i mean its incredible amazing
ReiperX Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
It looks great. Very nice job.

Mind if I use him for the main bad guy for mine too? He fits what I had pictures for the humanish version of the boss.
DaisukeMakoto Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
it was worth the wait, great job!
DoASpotCheck Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
It's no wonder this has taken you so long. Its got a lot going on all at once. Fantastic work.
BillyColin8 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Ich-hab-sauergurken Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Really digging this one. Not only does the look fit the persona of the typical evil spellcaster with a god complex but with it being a more modernized style we get this great sense of nobility and sinister power. The detail on the outfit, particularly the vest, the shoulders on the coat, and the bracelet on his right hand is superb and I absolutely love the intensity of his eyes. I must say, I'd love to fight this guy XD
zombiebiscuit Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
I like the details on his outfit, the coloring of the swooshy blue magic, and his character concept is an absolute inspiration.
medan-agan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
I love the emotion radiating from the page but I was confused that the red scarf wasn't also coming from his hands to balance the blue power/sparks. I find it distracting and seems to unbalance the image for me. I'd take it out and keep the rest. Please accept that thought with the humble observation that this is far superior to anything I could create. And I really like it!
mantisred Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
ArianSkye Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
He's really awesome looking! I wish I could draw something like this.
RIC4RD0 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
this is amazing even though you say it's still a WIP.

Everything fits in place, the colors, pose, folds, even facial expression, like I said amazing. One thing that made me enjoy this image more was the quote from Jack The Ripper, it added more depth to the character.
najmulosmani Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa sick, remind me of Rugal from SNK games :)
django-red Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
RESPEKT. I think subconsciously, KoF is always on my mind. K' for life!
najmulosmani Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh yeah K' was it i knew thee was a other one he kinda looked like but couldn't put my finger on it.

Meke a Street Fighter interpretation as well :P
Swamphulk Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
He looks more like a drow- but I like!
SinisterScott Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
I love his Victorian Style suit
django-red Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, i was going for Victorian/fantasy and was hoping i didn't venture too far into victorian territory.
jasminnk Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
very nice
django-red Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you~ i still don't consider him finished...
Grinsender-Damon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Student
Very nice...

django-red Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like him!
egriz Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Student Filmographer
The movement of the cloth along with the coloring you're using is really dynamic, even if he's just walking menacingly! The detail on his clothes and the energy around his hands is beautiful.
django-red Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you thank you! That is -exactly- what i was hoping to accomplish with this character, so you've just made my day. XD
egriz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Student Filmographer
Hahah, I'm glad to. Well earned.
Miruflow Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Epic job on the coat, the colors are very good looking. C: Did you use photoshop?
django-red Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! His coat was a pain. >_<
And yes i did, Photoshop Cs3.
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