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The Council by Jujika The Council by Jujika
A picture done in connection with Udon entertainment [link] and Paizo Publishings [link]
An enjoyable assignment Mess Studios was able to work on, for the book called "Dragon Compendium" [link]
Check out my last post, a collaboration with talented inkthinker , which was for the same book: [link]
We did several paintings and many artists you are probably already familiar with joined in the fray:

**NOTE: A trait of the tiger-people race is that their thumb is on the opposite side of their hands, a specific request from the publisher. This is strange, yes, but it was intentional. If you look close, the white tiger's palm is upward.**
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JonoBond Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
Mottenfest Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a very difficult perspective to pull off! Great job!

I noticed the thumbs, the tigermen appear to be Rakshasa. :]
ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work!
DorianHerestor Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I featured this on my journal as one of my personal favorite deviations from my Favorites (2012) : [link]
olnewtalkiii Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
this is cool...thanks for sharing
AvianPain Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work!
The-Bunny-Eater Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
... *-*
redrosabell Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
So cool!
omarsab Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
woooooow ............... thats so .............................................................................. i cant say it
like it XD
V-ChristsW3apon Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student
Loooooooooooooove this! :)
Karmathious Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't even notice the thumbs until I read your note about them...And the more I look at them the more they trip me out. lol
That must have been difficult. Looking at their hands, and forcing myself to visualize my hand that way started making the front of my brain hurt, so I can only imagine trying to draw it. But then again, I'm horrible with hands in general. ^_^

Beautiful picture! Your attention to detail is amazing!
V-ChristsW3apon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Student
This wins the awesom-E-pic Award for The Great Imaginator! (made it up myself)
Blue-Moon-Maiden Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
They are rakshasa! Demon kitties!
Nadide Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
their hands. ?
Darkauthor81 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Rakshasa hands are upside down compared to the hands of most other creatures. Thus their palms face up while ours face down.

They're also shape shifters and purely evil agents of hate, chaos, and death. The best, and some times only way, to detect a shape shifted Rakshasa is when they accidentally try to grab something with the back of their hands.

I've never played DnD but I found the monster compendium to be a good read. :D
Nadide Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
thanks. nice gallery by the way.
PiPeRn-n Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
me thinks there debating over the yarn supplies :) love it!!!!
Apocalipsstudio Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oye! no tienen algo raro sus manos?
lemonslave Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Rakashas... nice work
lol24 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Hi! I featured your artwork on my journal [link] :) :blowkiss:
LeonardChua Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Awesome perspective you got there! love the overall mood you have establish in this shot! love it! :D
MashiroYuei Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
LOL It seems that we are spies caught by these tigers XD I'm afraid,they look very strong o.O
Montalve Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
wow white rakshasas! cool!

the hand thing is because they are sort of evil devils, their hands are backwards, not only the tumb is like that...

its an awesome detail the one you got in the white one, i loved it :)
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010   Writer
the book shelves caught my eye first: love any used book shelves and the perspective is fantastic. and YaY, they look endless.

do the cats see us observing them?

okay, am now rendered speechles.............................................:+fav:
Kelwick Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
I like the angle looking down on the meeting
tamalero Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just some questions, but the hands on the table seems both inverted o_O
obviusly im in no way close to your skill, but it makes me wonder about it.
tamalero Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok nevermind, forget it, I just read the full description XD
mimose-stock Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
great perspective :aww:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow cool, great perspective!
AltecApollyon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
rad perspective, i like the guy bringing the drinks.
JamF4s Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008   Photographer
Excellent. Love the angle and there's so much detail to keep the eyes busy.
Zer0Hawke Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
Awesome angle! ^_^
yamin0 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional
their hands are backwards O3o
Kanji-The-Wanderer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Student General Artist
BlackMage145 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
Rakshasa, what could they be plotting.
kivaaa Featured By Owner May 18, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Nice perspective.
crestfallenfrog Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
theoppsite thumbs thing is really creepy but cool pic anyway!
ZigguratArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
Amazing perspective.
Malango Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
excellent perspective. really lovely work.
loser77703 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
ooh, i see XDDD

i really like ur paintingXD
martabeceiro Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
how time do you this pic?
SandsGonzaga Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful colors and I love the angle! The little imp (or quasit?) serving drinks is a nice touch . :)
AgonVenna Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
I could never get over Rakshasa doesnt render in my brain^^; :D. These are the most exellent versions I have seen in a long time!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:
Theoldmaster Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
OH and the piece is very well done. I think the angle draws you to the image. much like looking over someone shoulders. nicely done.
Theoldmaster Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Legend and lore:
These are Evil spirirts called Rakshasha's (i may be off on the spelling) they can take on many forms. The tiger is one of their prefered forms. I do not know why they have the backward hands. But it is a distinctive feature of their kind. Some theorize that the backward hand is simply a lack of mastery over their shapeshifting abilities.
xAnticipation Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
Wow! This is another amazing piece.
i just can't believe all of the detail!
I REALLY loved how the butler is one of those dragons!!
looks familiar, i just can't place it.
i mean..AMAZING!
You have so much talent and creation;
i love your style.
F4iS4L Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
great...i think youre the master
Ani-Arcueid Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007   Traditional Artist
wow, nice tigers
Tohmo Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Student Filmographer
It seems, that everyone else had understood why the hands are turned backwards.
...I don't. I confuses me. O_o

But anyway, great pic! :D
akaethan Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Student
Interesting painting, I like the little guy in the back bringing up the drinks, don't know why, maybe it's just the small details.

Very cool work.
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