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Sholto by JohnKohlepp Sholto by JohnKohlepp
This is my part of a :icontac-club: exchange. The character that I was assigned to render was Sholto from the Merry Gentry series written by Laurell K. Hamilton.

The character description was very strange and very specific, and I tried my very best. This image is available for download at it's full working size to show for once how loose and squiggly my work is up close. I think I would pass out if I didn't put little lines all over a picture =)

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:iconjustjingles:
justjingles Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful interpretation of the character, I liked getting to look up close at all the little squigglies you use in your art.
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Thank you so much!
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EonOrteaShadowmaster Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Student Writer
A most impressive piece ofwork.
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:iconjohnkohlepp:
JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Thank you very much, and thank you for taking the time to look at my piece =)
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LuscyArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011   General Artist
Absolute best rendition I have ever seen of this character. I'm with ~QueenMeab, please draw Doyle.
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:iconjohnkohlepp:
JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Thank you very much, Luscara! I got lucky because Sholto was so well-described to me. I want to read the series before I tackle the other characters =)
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QueenMeab Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
LKH's best book IMHO is her First book ≈ 'Nightseer' and almost no one's heard of it. I know that this will be a shock but there is NO SEX in it. It proves that LKH can write, can shed the Anita-angst (come on, it's been over 12 books already, let Anita adapt!! It's truly frustrating, and yet really truly entertain. I highly recommend this book! Merry Gentry is coming along well my only snag there is how often they all 'swallow the moon' -it is just s disturbing phrase and there are so many better ones for the Sidhe glow of sexual arousal and bliss. Also the phrase "He brought me" instead of making them orgasm together, screaming their bliss to the skies. You'll see when you read it. Book 3 has the glossary you will need to get the names

*Wystro, thank you for your kind words! :) I look forward to seeing more of your work! :)
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QueenMeab Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
After looking around, you did the BEST King Sholto!! Well done!! Now, pleaaase draw Doyle?? Pretty please?
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QueenMeab Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
This is Fantastic. Can you do the Darkness, Doyle - as well? I am very impressed. My only critique would be that the tentacles don't start as high as they are here, and they're in more colors, but I'm no artist, I've just read the series about 14 times. I would *Love* to see your rendition of the Darkness (Formerly the Queen's Darkness) as well. His description is as black as black but nude he has purple and blue highlights in his blackness, his hair is so dark that it's pure black. And as with King Sholto, his hair is past his knees. Truly Magnifique!!!
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
I never did read the series (eeep!), so if I made mistakes, it's entirely my fault. I depended on the description given to me and looking him up on wikipedea.

I tell you what, I'll start reading the series in the coming months, and I'll see what I can come up with =) Thank you so much for your kind words.
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QueenMeab Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
If I can help in any way, if you need some detailed descriptors from any of the books, let me know. I've read them so many times!
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peadragon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
This is amazing! Beautiful job of capturing Sholto and you made his tentacles look natural and just how you'd expect from descriptions in the book :D
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and for faving my portrait of Sholto!
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peadragon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Np, it deserved it :)
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MetallicDevil Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
loverz your art style! verrrry intense! *mind explodes.....yet again* sholto tis a badass character! ^VV^
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Thank you so much! Sholto was a lot of fun to work on.

A piece of art is never complete until someone chooses to enjoys it, so thank you for completing the circle =)
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BeZeKiRa Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
this is AWESOME!!! one of the best depictions of his tentacles ever
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pumpkinn-queenn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg!!! sholto is awesome..but hes not white enough..i like my men like i like my moon..pale and shining!:D
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
To be fair, I did make this picture on a woefully uncalibrated monitor. Even though Sholto is super-pale, I wanted to have him hit with golden dusk/dawn light so that I could play with the colors and form a bit more.

Thank you for the fave and for sharing your taste in men!
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Hariasa Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Student General Artist
Amazing Art!! I love it <3
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:iconjohnkohlepp:
JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
Thank you very much!
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Onkori-Shi Featured By Owner May 14, 2008   Digital Artist
Aw, he is so beautiful c: Well drawn.
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MistressWit Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
OMG! BEAUTIFUL! *drools all over Eve's drool*
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
OooOOooo, a drool sandwich! Thank you!
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dragophethis Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
Now I know why Merry was so creeped out.... D:
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debbiegirl Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Wow!! Very nicely done. This is a great picture of Sholto!!
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Lukela Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
I fell in love with Sholto from the beginning =) I'm reading Stroke of midnight (book 4) right now - is Sholto going to appear some day again?
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VampirePenguine Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is soooo crazy...I'm envious.

I tried to draw him once and I got so frustrated I threw him away...

Now I feel like giving him another chance.

Keep up the good work!
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thank you very much!
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VampirePenguine Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome! :D
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Acorncupcake Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
.......He is soo beautiful the way you play with light and colors is Amazing sweetie. :heat:
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
You are such an angel! Thank you for the compliment! =)
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Rae2 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
The entire piece is fantastic, I love the colors. I have to agree though that it is the eyes that draw you in. They are very mesmerizing
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Thank you, Rae =)
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selk-e Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007   Digital Artist
This is amazing.. the dark of the eyes really pulls you in.
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Thank you very much!
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SnowDragonArt Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
OMG hun you did an outstanding job. :hug: I can see why you wanted to post this before the time to turn it in. I am always so amazed and speechless (not that you can tell in my comments) by your artwork. Anyone would love to have you as the person their stuff got picked for.I am with Katlienc I was praying not to get a male character.
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Thank you!
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SnowDragonArt Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Your welcome hun:hug: I was just glad I didn't get this one.
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katlienc Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Wow...I read Wit's description and prayed that I didn't get her character...LOL..I don't know what I would have done! However, I LOVE what you have done with him!
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Thank you! =)
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tamaelia Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OOOOOH!

Nice painting John! I am really diggin' the frame you chose too, the crispness of it complements your brushstrokes nicely :)

*hugs*
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Making the frame was a lot of fun. I wanted to get a bit of the polish that the 3D people put in their renders.

Thank you, Tamaelia =)
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tamaelia Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You gave it polish and then some hun :)
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DesignsByEve Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Yay! She's gonna love it, if she ever makes it back online :( Poor Wit, I'm gonna drool alllll over her Sholto before she gets the chance! *evil maniacal laughter ensues* Of course, she'll prolly chase me with the crop but that's okay, she is the Mistress after all :giggle: You did a great job, but you already heard that from me ;)
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JohnKohlepp Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
I couldn't have done it without your feedback! Thank you :hug:
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DesignsByEve Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Pffft I think you'd have done just fine ;) Btw, you need to get on more! :spank:
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