Ruby Priestess by Sparkyopteryx

Ruby Priestess


31 January 2013 at 19:30:36 MST

A portrait that I had the urge to do the other day, specifically of a character of mine that has existed for oh uh, several years. At least three or four. So?! I have mentioned in the past I have a ton of characters I've never drawn, so really I don't need to catch flak for this! Hmph.

This time I'm not actually in the mood for a lengthy description, so I'm keeping it short. She's the High Priestess of a race of monstrous planar outsiders known as Xibalbans. For those of you familiar with Mayan mythology, her race and their plane are indeed heavily inspired by it. It's actually a race the significant other made and he's got a whole dissertation written up that I'm planning to help illustrate, so more details will be forthcoming from that. She's not a specific type of bat, by the way; more like several features of her were inspired from a couple species, mainly the Greater Spear-nosed bat and the Sword-nosed bat (I'm not making that up, by the way; bats are just that awesome).

Well, that's enough messing around for me; time to start working on a more serious project. Sketched with a blue colored pencil then outlined with red, blue and purple ballpoints on heavy Aquabee paper. Some references used. Art and character are mine, race concept created by the other half.

Submission Information

Visual / Traditional


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    I fucking love her headdress.

    Unfortunately I wouldn't win in a fight over it.

    I think you did a great job with her, and when you've got the time you should do a full-body picture.

    Need I repeat that I can't believe I never thought of the ear and nose tattoos?

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      No, no you wouldn't. You'd be bleeding out of the eyes and nose in no time flat!

      Yeah I plan to; I got some rad ideas for how I'm going to do her clothing and jewelry.

      I know right? It was something I thought would be perfect for her while I was in the prelim sketch phase, and it shows off her status very well. COVER EVERY INCH OF SKIN WITH TATS.

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    Bat comes through very clear, the decorations are reminicent of Mayan so everything you were trying to express came through. The odd color mix gives it an earie look. Nice!

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      Thanks very much for the comment! I originally was going to completely erase the pencil undersketch, but I found the pen blended well with it and kept it, plus the pencil gives it this kind of rough energy that complements the ballpoint lines...

      Yeah, the Mayan-inspired ornamentation is strong, but I also wanted to keep it a little different and a little more fantasy-oriented instead of keeping it historically accurate this time around.

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    What a gorgeous character you have there and that headdress is well detailed with the design on them. <3

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    Wonder what it would look like under old style 3D glasses?