Rhodes here, using my temp account. There are and have been many talented concept artists at Bioware. I'm just a shameless self-promoter I suppose. Not only did Joy and I go to college together, but she spent quite a while at Bioware contributing hugely to dragon age and other projects.
I really like the middle one, mostly for the chainmail panel (unlike the crotchless ones). The feather-pauldron on the second one is lovely though, reminds me of Morrigan's outfit, and I like the baggy collar and trousers on the fourth one.
Somebody most likely has already said this, but seriously I am totally in love with your brilliant designs! The way you have taken taken some ideas from oriental clothing and just polished it a bit further, made me now realize how perfectly those two fit together!
I am not a big fan of the black color though, but that is just a matter of an opinion and maybe I am just too obsessed with an old idea of the elves wearing only greens and browns...
It is really such a shame that these marvels didn´t make it to the game. But maybe we will see them in the third one?
Would it be ok if I used these as reference for an elven Dragon Age OC I'm creating. I take it you used japanese influence for these designs and they'd work perfectly with my elf, since i've created a fictional version of japan as her home!
I love those, they are really crisp and the different designs work well. Personnaly, I like the 2nd and 4th best I think. It's nice to see girls draw fantasy-type women, when guys do it, it often tends to be overchested. And kind of naked...XD
Really cool looking elves, too bad they kinda made 'em look like aliens in DA2. By the way, the drawing and coloring look familiar...did you make the concept art for all the characters race and gender?
Interesting design but I think It would be unwise to have cleavage in your armour. Of course, It's just a staple in your every day fantasy world, but personally I'm getting kinda tired of it. Kills the suspension of disbelief for me. I applaud the design for Triss in The Witcher 2 for example! I'm not comparing the two, I just want to tell fellos gamedesigners and artists to reflect more of sexualisation. I mean, give the lads some skimpy suits once in awhile too! Maybe they want to show of some skin too.
"A big patch of cleavage over your heart is like a beacon for every archer in the kingdom, causing them to fire their weapons at you. " //TvTropes
Of course you're probably aware of this already, maybe you *had* to leave a spot there since the company probably know that they'll attract a certain part of the market more if they do. But still. I think It's a shame. I enjoy attractive and beatiful characters, but I wan't to see them in realistic outfits that actually protect their bodies!
I was waiting for someone to mention that! I agree with you, I like seeing functional armor that would actually protect vital areas of the body. These concepts were meant to be mages & rogues with very light "armor", so I thought it'd be fine showing some skin. Regardless of that, I consciously stay away from sexualizing any characters that I concept. Although, I do enjoy making sexy characters, and there is a difference. If anything, my problem is that I focused too much on the design of the outfit and trying to make appealing combinations rather than worrying about its protective qualities.
As for lads in skimpy suits, I've actually done a few of those .