great idea for a contest. i would love a portrait of my character done by another person, as i think many others would as well.
welcome to the community (:
there's so much that one could do in elyria, and much that i would love to do, but this is what i've settled on for my character(probably named sleep if possible.)
Purpose and Playstyle
he has purposed in his heart to dedicate his life(and if reincarnation were possible, subsequent lives as well,) to learning knowledge and mastering skills that would allow him to protect the weak and innocent; whether it be from deviants, unruly beasts, or the monsters of legend and myth. secondarily he loves adventure, and desires to see many of the interesting places built by mann, as well as the beautiful and intriguing lands of elyria. for these reasons he will train in the following skills.
⋅ survival: hunting, tracking, trapping, shelter-craft, foraging, navigation, herbalism(medicine,) knife-making for processing creatures and other utility, axe-making for chopping trees, poisons(to be used on arrow heads and spear tips,) and the crafting of bows, arrows, and spears.
⋅ combat & strategy
⋅ animal taming
⋅ social adeptness: for getting useful information from npcs.
⋅ disguise: i think will be useful in hunting both creature and mann
i haven't decided if i will begin in a family or as a ward of the state. also, i know that i enjoy both pve and pvp, so my chosen playstyle is suitable to both types of combat.
when entering a town he might set himself to the hearing of local rumors, or seeing if any of the residents are facing troubles that he could possibly help to resolve. maybe there are bandits or other evildoers around, or maybe wild beasts are making the area too dangerous for daily activities. he might take on a bounty, or sign a contract to be payed for his aid, though he would always be willing to help for free when necessary. he might sit down in a tavern to overhear or inquire about such things. rumors of peculiar locations in the area would appeal to his sense of adventure. he would consider every rumor carefully, knowing that there are menn in elyria who would use tempting rumors as a trap for the ill-prepared.
he might spend time in libraries reading about myths and legends, gaining what knowledge he could that might lead him to great treasures, or give advantage to fighting hidden evils that might someday appear. he might apprentice or attend a school for a time to better his combat skills. in his old age, he would likely become a dedicated teacher of things he is well versed in and wants to pass on to others. if i remember correctly, it has been said by devs that in your old age, being a teacher is the best way to further advance your skills.
he might make use of his fighting ability to be a guard for a time; maybe protecting the transport of goods, or a wagon or caravan of menn moving or traveling from one settlement to another. or(a notion that has often appealed to me,) act as a guard for cartographers or treasure seekers venturing into the wilds.
in his mind, medicine is just as important as combat, if not more so. for this reason he will learn as much as he can about the plants in each part of elyria he visits, collecting and carrying dried plants with him in his portable herbarium.
i likely won't settle on a face until i play around for a long time in the character creator, and i don't have much of a tribe preference, but for the sake of this contest let's go with "how i might look as a to'resk." if i win i can send you a few head-shots. i like the simplicity of the haircut in the to'resk concept art, so something like that, though you could be creative with that if you'd like. i suppose he might have scars on his face, considering how he lives, so adding a few scars would make sense(just no big scars across the face please;) though, as i understand it, scars will come naturally in-game.
he enjoys playing and being merry with others, but is mostly very serious, thinking or feeling on matters related to his higher purpose in life. if he were to pose for a portrait, his expression would capture his longing to help others, and the suffering that comes with it. he is not very proud.
by the way, your shading skill is impressive. your painting above has a nice 3d effect when i look at it.