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A Watch of Nightingales by The13thBlackCat A Watch of Nightingales by The13thBlackCat
Guess what a group of nightingales (as in, the actual bird) is called?

A watch.

Isn't that just fitting? Gives me an excuse to draw these weirdos being all awesome and stuff, too. Other than just because I like punishing myself, anyway. Nightingale armor has a ridiculous amount of details and it can suck my dick for that reason, seriously. -ahem-

Mist is a bitch to paint, for the record. And I am never drawing a Nightingale bow again as long as I live. Try to ignore the craptastic excuse for a background; luckily I can legitimately smear black all over it and call it a night. >> I guess this is the Twilight Sepulcher; that's about the only reason they'd all show up in their Batman gear ninja suits Nightingale armor looking for a fight anyway, I suppose. So someone's shit is about to get ruined. And I had considered including Gallus in here because he's a pretty cool dude, but it seemed busy enough as-is and I didn't wanna draw ANOTHER Nightingale-in-armor if I could help it. But then I guess he's kind of there anyway, huh? With all the shadows and what-not.

I am way more amused by the shape of the girls' ears under their hoods than I should be.

I was so tempted to title this Nocturnal's Angels. :|
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:iconeeveewhite97:
Eeveewhite97 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  New member
THEY LOOK SO AWESOME!! X3
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D I wish the background was better, but blah. You can't see it anyway. XD Still, I should redo this sometime when I decide to punish myself and see if I can paint a proper background in there...
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macobell1 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
in my opinion worth it
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Jakkuor Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013

You know, I've always wondered what Khajiit ears would look like under a hood. Consider that question answered.

Love the way the bow and mist looks.

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sarahhunter54 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this, especially because when I play Skyrim I play as a female Khajiit.
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mapky3243 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
this is so bad@$$
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Kurt-Bob Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Photographer
Love the mist effect and your detail on the armor is quite fascinating!
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:iconthe13thblackcat:
The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks. :P I hate that mist so much. The armor is nice, though, but just looking at it makes me hate the idea of ever doing it again.
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Kurt-Bob Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Photographer
Fair enough. Just looking at it, I totally understand your feeling of, "I'm fortunate turned out good. . . . because I'm never drawing that again!" XD
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deilara Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
sweet! nice drawing. i like it.
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:iconthe13thblackcat:
The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :3
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PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sick!!! :)
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:iconthe13thblackcat:
The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks! :3
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JokenxD Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool^^
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Qintal Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
It would have been funny if you had just drawn Gallus in as a blue blob XD lol, love it
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle: It would have! But nobody would have believed me when I claimed it was him. XD Oh well.

Thanks! :3
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BowserJrDude Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Crikey, I'm impressed!

A lot of intricate detail on the clothing/weapons and a very dark, moody atmosphere without being too overbearing. Very well done. :D
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I'm glad it's not too overbearingly dark, I tend to make my dark pics TOO dark. The armor/weapons was a bitch to do. XD Mostly the armor...sooo many plates, geez! But I think it turned out good. :3 Thank you! :aww:
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CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012   General Artist
This didn't turn out too bad. Backgrounds are...well, lets say every artist who's been focusing on character design has issues with them. Armour definitely turned out nice--your pain and suffering for it was not in vain!
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I knoooow. I have no idea what to do with backgrounds. XD I'd like to go back and make the background GOOD, and maybe eliminate the lineart...as it is, I almost could have taken the lineart out anyway, but I'd need to touch it up and I just wasn't in the mood to put more effort into it. XD

Thank you! :3
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CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   General Artist
Welcome!
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MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is just awesome picture :).
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:iconthe13thblackcat:
The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thanks! Glad you like it! :3
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:iconmandalorianknight:
MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome :)
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CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012   General Artist
Loving the shading so far!
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:iconthe13thblackcat:
The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, good, it's a pain in the butt. XD
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RoluevasVasReisa Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
great job on this and very badass =) Only missing an Argonian nightingale like mine =)
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:iconthe13thblackcat:
The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle: There's only so many people I can squish in here. =P And frankly, I'm not sure I want to draw Nightingale armor again. It's so complex.
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RoluevasVasReisa Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
heh i don't blame u, just Argonians are my fav but its ok i have screenshots of my Argonian in nightingale armor so its ok =)
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rubypele Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love how it's coming along! Colors and EYES! :D
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:iconthe13thblackcat:
The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle: Colors are the best~ :3
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Mediziner Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
EEEEeeeeee, it's coming out more :love:
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:iconthe13thblackcat:
The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:3
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Billies-Basketcase Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
NINJAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hehe this is really cool cant wait to see it finished!
you should do a 'murder of crows' next :D
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:iconthe13thblackcat:
The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle:

Oooh, I should! -begins planning-
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Billies-Basketcase Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
WOO!!
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Kwenos Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
*Sits comfortably until it's finished*

After some time and tries, I'm afraid the more epic an armour/weapon is, the more pain in the ass to draw. No exception T.T That's why I'll never, ever draw a vorpal sword.
And I'm joining the bandwagon of ears+cloth hoods. With your permission.
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I firmly believe nobody can draw a vorpal sword properly. No matter what it looks like, it will never look deadly enough.

By all means! I think we're the only people on it. 8D
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TheWijo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Oh...oh, Karliah... You make me so happy to be in the Thieves Guild. :D
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle:
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:iconrubypele:
rubypele Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is coming along nicely! Having fun watching the details get filled in. :)
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks. I usually don't post WIPs, and certainly not multiple ones of the same pic, but the thought occurred to me that it might be neat to someone to watch it come along. =P
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rubypele Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Some of us less capable of drawing anything appreciate being able to kinda see how it's done. :)
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CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   General Artist
All of Skyrim's armour is a nightmare to draw. As for Nightingale armour...well, I've never drawn that, though I have wondered what was up with the capes. Seems like they'd be very...unhelpful...to have while sneaking.
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Esh, true that about the armor, though some is more nightmarish than others. Fur and iron and pretty easy-looking. XD

Hehe, the capes look badass, obviously. And Nightingales are the best thieves around, so maybe they're good enough that they can willingly handicap themselves AND STILL be better than you, I guess. In my game, I actually have a mod that makes them more of a scarf [link] and I just tell myself that Mrr, at least, pins hers up by her right shoulder when she's actually DOING something. When she just wants to look cool, she lets it hang normally. I'm just assuming the other two would follow her logic.

(I actually got the mod because it drove me insane how her tail clipped with the cape.)
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CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   General Artist
True...we're talking about the best of the best of the best of Skyrim's thieves. I would mod, but I'm not on PC--though this scarf thing looks awesome so I might just draw my thief with it and say the heck with the "canon" game.

Figures that while armour and clothing can magically change to either female or male when you loot it off someone, it cannot change too much to accommodate for different races. Sometimes armour will dramatically change your character. I wore this forsworn headdress and my khajiit's hair vanished. Same how khajiit ears vanish under hoods and helmets (as well as their hair).
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, that sounds fair to me. After all, it's not a HUGE alteration, and you could easily just say your Nightingale wears it a little different, like mine. XP

Seriously. It's even more illogical when it's magical armor that was evidently made on-the-spot specifically for your character, like I figured the Nightingale stuff was. (That's why it has a convenient hole for Mrr's tail. That's what I tell myself.) I've never actually equipped Forsworn stuff; no idea it made your hair vanish. o_o The lack of Khajiit ears/Argonian horns with hoods and helmets always kind of made me snort in amusement, but with Khajiit you can at least say they just folded their ears down, though I'd imagine that would be uncomfortable after a while...the part that REALLY irks me is how the Nightingale cowl basically chops off half a Khajiit's (or Argonian's, probably) muzzle! They couldn't even bother to give it a separate beast race mesh? Really?
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Commanderori Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
There are mods to take care of that as well, on the workshop and I can only assume somewhere on the nexus. I don't use it myself, but that's because I've got a mod that lets me make circlets out of any armor I want.
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The one that removes the Nightingale mask, you mean? Yeah, that was the first Nightingale-related mod I got, hee. =P
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CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   General Artist
Exactly my point.
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