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Would you believe that I started this with the pretence it would be happy, nice, easily excited Dekker? xD This almost makes me wish he was CE rather than CN so he could be an assassin... But eh, shadowdancer will have to do ;D

I blame this on the recent unrest within my group of friends >.> We've been at each other's throats a little and no one seems to be getting on particularly well... though this evening when we met up to run around the local forest we just seemed to pretend nothing had ever happened... Probably not a wise move, but eh, it'll do for the time being.

I realised when I started this that I very rarely draw Dekker with his hood up (and remembered quickly it's because I have no idea how the material falls and it drives me mad), so tried it out anyway. And the face mask thing that isn't really part of his usual wardrobe (he likes his smirks and grins to be visible ;3) was inspired by where I've recently started playing the Neverwinter MMO, and I have a Dekker!rogue as my character who recently got a mask to wear. I've had the game 48 hours. And am level 20 (out of 60) already. Ehhhh, I actually kinda like it (more so than the other online DnD game that I also rather liked), though I always play solo. Normally rogue characters are a pain in the butt to play on your own, because they're not exactly front line fighters, but with my new generic cleric companion, I can slaughter most things xD Only times I've died so far are from lag and dropping out, and the other time I have no idea what happened, but I was stuck in a mass melee of spawning enemies where I couldn't even see my character any longer >.>

But yah, have a picture than turned from happy to dark in a matter of minutes after starting xD Ooooops ;D Suppose it's been a while since I drew dark!Dekker or anything particularly dark or creepy.


Though when you remember that he's 3'1" short, maybe it's just cute rather than creepy xD Srsly, he's not that dark at all. I mean, look at him.

But First... by Sheppard56

He's a ball of... uh, (slightly dangerous) fun. xD It's all a façade of blacked eyes, painted nails and reasonable intimidation skills ;D


Dekker Foxwit is my DnD halfling rogue ;3

Dekker by Sheppard56 Hush by Sheppard56 Master Thief by Sheppard56
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DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Edited Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know what?
I think Dekker would make an ostensibly great assassin - and I bet he would enjoy play that role, theatrically :D.

But I don't think it would suit him. As in, it's role - just that - fun scaring people, exiting challenges.
But it's not who he is.

When I look at shadowdancers though, it suits him perfectly.
Hiding, being a trickster, performing. The potential for pranks that shadow-walk allows XD.

The way I see him is that the role he chooses is his way of finding (well, making)
a place for himself in the world - proving himself. But then it is also him mask,
his facade, and the theatrics are his way of protecting himself.

And that's what a shadow-dancers abilities primarily do.
Concealment, distraction, evasion. Spin, run, a blade in the back and then dissapear.

Sometimes I feel that Dekker's child-state is him hiding from the harsher aspects of the world
because his mind is not able to process it - i.e. it's a coping mechanism.

So a prestige class which is about being intangible, and a little bit mystical
in a way that doesn't make sense to other magic users
- well, it's like escapism in a box. It's perfect for him Wink/Razz .
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's somewhat rewarding and satisfying to read something like this when you're pretty much spot on ;D Everything you say is definitely in the right direction, and makes me think about how to develop him further ;3 The emphasis on fun/amusement all for himself is something I like to focus on C:
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DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Edited Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to have helped :D, and it feels good to know I was thinking in the right direction :).
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Erudithral Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love the atmosphere of this, mate! B-)
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ;D
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Erudithral Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome, mate! B-)
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Aranov Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
No, this is totally creepy (until you remember that he's three feet tall and is wearing black nail polish). I like the mask. Keeps his lovely gleaming smile from catching the light and giving him away, or something like that :XD:
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahaha, that's a fair point. Nothing like failing to sneak around because you're too busy flashing grins at people all the time xD
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Ammeg88 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:squee: this is epic! I love the darkness and grey scale with his wonderful eye colour and the blood :) absolutely delightful.
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ;D We'll just pretend that the select bits of colour have absolutely nothing to do with me being too lazy to colour anything else most of the time... xD
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Ammeg88 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bahahahahahah oh gods, haha, I laughed a lot xD 

Yea, let's pretend that is totally not the case ;) it really does look amazing like this :D
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brynhildr13 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! :la: it provokes a chilling and almost scary feeling! Haha well done!!
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! C:
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brynhildr13 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course!! :hug:
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Writer
Very chilling and good idea to show the knife.
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you C:
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Labatryth Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Writer
Sinister.
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks C:
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Labatryth Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Writer
Anytime my dear. ❤
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LunaBell Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
awww scary dek
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
He's too small to be truly scary ;D
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LunaBell Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
size dont matter, he can still be scary. 
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Eolewyn1010 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
He looks creepy... :o (Eek)
That canny use of color accents has an awesome effect on the picture!
And I absolutely love his sinister expression!
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, he's not all that bad ;3 And thank you C: It seems to be a habit of mine to draw in greyscale then colour the eyes and maybe one other thing ;3
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Stettafire Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is awesome, reminds me a little of the main character in the game thief. Which I know if a terrible game, but I liked the main character:)
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ;3 I know Thief, actually did a rare piece of fanart a while back (because I kinda liked Thief 4 in a way? xD), so can see where you're coming from - it's the covering of the lower face that's most similar! C:
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Stettafire Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
yeah, and when i said thief was terrible I meant the newest game:) Not sure which one that is, but I heard the older ones were much better:)
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fisalaliraqi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Interface Designer
nice work
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! C:
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SnakeTeeth12 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
._.
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
;D :3
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wxzhenghoppytruffles Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! he looks so serious and mysterious.
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thaaanks ;D
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wxzhenghoppytruffles Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No prooooblem! XD
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GothaWolf Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Looks great! I really like the atmosphere.
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you C:
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Hevflynia Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, i never expected to see dekker like that 
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeaaah, he's not really big on violence, but he's a bit of a poser so likes to at least look intimidating ;D
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Alberich-Fallowdeer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! C:
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RiddlerSphinx Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's really great, I love the pose, and how you only colored his eyes and the blood~
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! C: I have a tendency to greyscale pictures with only the eyes coloured most of the time ;3 A running theme I suppose!
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Nix-Tempesedo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooohhhhhh scary! Awesome job as per usual. I'm so jealous of your shading skillz :p
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thaaanks ;D
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xblackempress Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really great!
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! C:
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LoesWhatever Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesomeness ^^
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Sheppard56 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! C:
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LoesWhatever Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem
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