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Dungeon level 1 - creature concept B: Ne'fean by Cloister Dungeon level 1 - creature concept B: Ne'fean by Cloister
Here is the first humanoid creature to be encountered in the dungeon. It primarily sticks to the dark and humid level 2, but a few outcasts dwell on level 1.

Principle nr 6: Extremely few encounters are directed in this game. All creatures have their habits and move here and there to do this and that. You may come upon a sentry, just to find that they are changing guards right now (twice as many hostiles). One of these Ne'fean migh decide to go up the stairs to level 1 just when you are passing the great plant.

The Ne'fean are 4 to 5 feet tall, and behave much like your average goblin. They like water and fish and tend to seek out subterranean waterways to build their lairs. They communicate through rasping and hissing sounds, and are agile, quick, and stealthy. They lead simple lives in clans ruled by a shaman class.
(concept will come, later).

They have several nasal holes in their skull, and an excellent sense of smell.

Here is a [link] to the beginning of this adventure!

Here is the next creature concept: [link]

Into Dungeons Deep we go...
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GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery! :iconfantasyfans101:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
... and for letting you use this comment space to advertise your club. ;)
You're welcome! :)
GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
no problem I will make a note so your not bothered again, sorry.
TwoDD Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I just love that face. :heart:

Excellent rendering and concept overall. Good job. :thumbsup:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you do. I like it too.
Your work is very interesting, and brilliantly rendered, so I appreciate your postive comment.
Any idea why more people didn't comment on this creature? Perhaps it is too fishy? Too mainstream? :)
Jpskyline Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well you can't expect to win everyones interest with every design :p

I don't think being "fishy" would be the reason why you haven't gotten much feedback haha. The rendering is great, but the design itself, coupled with the standard, crazy RPG fantasy name, don't appeal to me personally. I guess it's too bland for my taste, I mean all it really has going is its crazy face, the rest is just...there. I guess it's to be expected from a sewer/water dweller not to be flashy. Just my little criticism on the subject though.
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Jpskyline! Feedback appreciated.
It is a simple design of a low-level humanoid, not intended to be very fancy, but I tried to add some mood to it.
There is just this strange thing that happens occasionally, when you're especially happy with how something turns out, and when you post it online the reaction is less than usual.
I personally enjoy this concept quite a lot, and more than most of my others. That's why I'm intruiged by the reaction.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts/opinions.
Jpskyline Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome ^-^

But I agree, you give your 105% and are proud of your work, but it just doesn't attract the amount of people that you'd hope for. As designers, we all love a pat on the back or a "good job" for our proudest works. But I can say it's just something you'll have to accept while being a designer if that doesn't happen. Basically, don't feel down on yourself, or your design :)

I guess as a way to "improve" it, I think the background could use a bit of work instead of simply white, might be a bit more work but it pays off with more compliments. I'm assuming they live in dank environments, so a simple, darker background would compliment the creature more.
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You misunderstand, Jpskyline. I'm not put down, nor did I hope for any specific amount of people to like this concept. I was merely curious about why some work (that I personally enjoy a lot) draw a lot less attention than some of my pieces that I find rather mundane.

In this Dungeons Deep project I have decided to make all creature concepts on a white backdrop. I rarely do so, and I can use the creatures in other specific contexts if I do. I'm well aware of that a background, or indeed just a darker color, would draw more attention to them (make them pop more), but that is not my main purpose of drawing these. So, this is not about conforming to what people enjoy. I asked SepirothsHeart a question, to see if she understood why our shared enjoyment of this creatures wasn't shared by more.

75 people have faved this creature at the moment. That's just great, and I'm far from needing a pat on my back. ;)

Thanks for your kindness though.
TwoDD Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well thank you very much and honestly I have no idea. I wouldn't take it personally, a lot of people on DA just don't know quality art. :nod:
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