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DA:I - Some Inquisitor Development by MattRhodesArt DA:I - Some Inquisitor Development by MattRhodesArt

Sifting through the design fog until you start seeing light in the distance. These were just some of my drawings, there are even more from other members of the concept team. 

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ChaosRoid Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are really awesome. Will you be drawing for Dragon Age 4 as well?
Pudding-ish Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
These are absolutely fantastic! The texture and attention to detail for that many outfits is both impressive and painful haha
If you don't mind me asking, do you have any special brushes you use to get that chainmail and buckles and things so perfect? I always struggle with making them look that neat and consistent 
ArtistGamerMage Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait! Your one of the concept designers!?
MattRhodesArt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, lead concept artist on the Dragon Age franchise.
ArtistGamerMage Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! I love the designs in the games, i really llke the design of merrills armor, though the white armor she gets , i dont know why bjt i think her normal one was better.
Kreoko Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
6th row, 1st on the right...

i like that outfit. DLC please <3
E153N Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's already in the game. End-tier crafted chest piece, with all mods (not the best stats, but best look for sure) with "Inquisitor's hat" or something.


Of course I hide my hats because... it makes you bald with a weirdass leather cap. I wish people didn't hate hair with hats on games so much.
VincentDeLeon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
The second one from the last line is just so much better than the actual armor i mean look at it. Specially the helmet. It's a gorgeous armor.
BlackNight-DarkSky Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I think most of it would also have to do with "style" of the drawn character's physique. In the game (in most games), the models are made to be realistic, which is not necessarily a boon in all cases. Therefore, the armor would also look "realistic", taking away a lot of the aesthetics of the conceptual drawings.
VincentDeLeon Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
But, hm, something about the Flames of the Inquisition armor seems off and I think it only looks good on male Qunari. Others seem to wear someone else's armor, probably the said male Qunari Iron Bull looks badass wearing it
I thing that second armor could look great in every race and gender. (It also looks sober because of the dark colors and more appropriate.)
BlackNight-DarkSky Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'll tell you what- i played the game for about a 100 hours and nowhere could i find the hat from the last armor. In-fact, i couldn't find that last armor at all. I played a rogue, and when i got cole, i absolutely loved his design. I wanted that same look for my inquisitor, but nothing. Damn shame, because that one looks the coolest for me. A sort of Van Helsing kind of look.
E153N Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The crafting recepie for the hat is bought in the Western Approach from a Mabari if I remember correctly. Check the wiki to be sure :P
BlackNight-DarkSky Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Cheers! I started a whole new game, and had to plug in another buttload of hours, but I just got something like it in Crestwood last night. Will check W.A. next. Thanks again!
pancakeo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
theyre all so hot wtf
Ardinaryas Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional Filmographer
awesome man! 
Angelkitty17 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That last one is ALL my yes!!!  I also want to don the Lord Seeker's armour!! x3
QuickSilverswe Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
I really hope that future dlc will have new armor 
KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So great to see this process, thanks for sharing!
SKSProps Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
So awesome!  I was honored to make my helmet and armor set based off of your teams designs!
 Dragon Age Inquisition Inquisitor Cosplay Armor by SKSProps
Corade Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Student General Artist
My sincere congratulations for such an amazing work. I really look forward to play the game anyday now, and I will undoubtedly buy the artbook after that. Your concepts always inspire me to keep drawing, and you only keep improving and surprising me again and again. And... well, I could keep ranting about how awesome and talented you are, but that would be too boring and cliché right? So... yeah. The point is that you are currently on my top 5 of fave artists right now. 

Keep up the good work! And I hope to see some of your designs for the next Mass Effect! 
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Hey, nice! Veritable coffee table book stuff, right there.
Dig the leather pants, hehe...!
Scarington Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
And every single piece looks better than the final armors in-game. :D
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December 16, 2014
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