Character Art – Christopher

Greetings folks!  We’re back with another look at one of our characters done up in Silky Noire’s style.  This time around we’re looking at Christopher Linus, who has gone from the telekinetic undead hunter to a peace-seeking monk.  Let’s dive right in.

Right off the bat, you can see that we made a change since the Dennis Van Kessel version of the piece.  While there are certainly some things that I like from that iteration, one of the things that felt a bit strange to me was the sort of “eastern-ification” of the character.  When people think of monks in fantasy, they may have a certain concept of what that looks like, but even in the Tellest universe, with their split timelines, it didn’t make sense to me to have a race change occur if nothing has led to that.

That’s not to say that we don’t have a problem with what I’ll call a very “ivory” cast, but we’re working on making those changes in a more organic manner.

In any case, what you’ll see here is sort of like the subtle step back to something that felt more true to who Christopher is.  We didn’t have too many pieces of art for Christopher to jump off of, so Silky did a great job conceptualizing him here and giving him his own presence that takes a journey of self-reflection and the struggle for inner peace, and brought it to life.

Here in this final version of the artwork, you can see the dynamics at play.  In a lot of ways, it was almost like conceptualizing two characters.  Christopher in this timeline is a little like Jekyll and Hyde, and you can see that in the reflection of the attire.  There’s a lot of interesting asymmetry at play, and Silky nailed that for us.

All right, it’ll be a little bit between now and the next Silky Noire peace, but we have continued to work with them, so that will be here before too long.  In the meantime, you’ll see tons of other character art pieces from our other artists, so make sure to pop back every Wednesday for more art from the world of Tellest!

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Michael DeAngelo

Michael is the creator of the Tellest brand of fantasy novels and stories. He is actively seeking to expand the world of Tellest to be accessible to everyone.