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Fantasy Women by staino Fantasy Women by staino
From left to right:
Half-Elf, Human, Halfling, Gnome, Half-Ork, Dwarf, and Elf.
I tried to draw these characters in simple clothes to show body shape as well as hint about the culture of the races they represent. The Dungeons & Dragons players handbook has some illustrations that compare all the standard races. I didnít much care for those drawings so I sketched this. I havenít gotten around to drawing the male characters yet. Some of you D&D fans may feel I got things wrong. For instance the Half-Orkís nose is not exactly right and I may have drawn the Elf a bit too tall. Oh, well.
The original drawing was very small.
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:iconalasaron:
alasaron Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
interesting work
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017   Traditional Artist
Well, Thank you! :D
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cullyferg2010 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016
Your half-orc looks like someone I once ran years ago in a D&D campaign.  She was a druidess, raised by druids as a foundling.
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016   Traditional Artist
Cool! :D I hope it was a fun character.
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:iconcullyferg2010:
cullyferg2010 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016
She was.
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hatten-jc Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016
Loved them 
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016   Traditional Artist
:D :thumbsup:
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:iconcullyferg2010:
cullyferg2010 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015
The half-orc reminds me of a druidess I played a couple of years ago.
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015   Traditional Artist
Cool! :thumbsup:
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:iconalmoonw:
almoonw Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
i like it
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015   Traditional Artist
Good. :thumbsup:
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FledgeGirl Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for creating a half-elf! I'm writing a fantasy story, and three of the characters are the offspring of a human Ranger and an Elf lord's daughter. I may use your sketches as inspiration for creating the half-elf daughter, although I will probably make her hair longer, and her appearance more like that of a Ranger/diplomatic kind of woman. This is beautiful, keep up the good work! 🐦
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner May 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks, that's cool of you to say. :thanks:
I'm glad to inspire. Have fun with your story. :D
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:iconcheskamouse:
CheskaMouse Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
:love: Your Haling an Gnome.
I really need to save up money an try an bribe you to draw my Gnome+Halfling couple.
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
:D Yep, a Gnome and a Halfling can be together. But can they be in a relationship?
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:iconcheskamouse:
CheskaMouse Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Yes! see my gallery. ;)
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:iconoriondude2526:
oriondude2526 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
This is a GREAT reference for me to use while making races in my book series! Thx! :)
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Well thank you kindly! :thumbsup: Glad to inspire. Hope you have fun.
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:iconnikhero:
NikHero Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
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CINNAmnpnck Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
I feel this is better than the sketch i saw in a DnD newby book. 

I'm starting to play this game with some of my friends online and i choose to role play a Half Orc and the drawing they made of female half orc somehow repulsed me for a second when i saw it bc i couldnt imagine half orc looking so much alike orc. 

If you mind checking out the sketch i made of my first DnD character it would be really nice of you. 
 =)
Thank you for inspiring me so much with all your other drawing, i feel like i could try drawing a group scene of my character and my friend's characters now :3
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks! I appreciate your compliment. :D
Orcs don't have to be so ugly. A Half-Orc does have some human traits!
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Velara Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist

I like :D

Their bodyshape fits their races very well.

I like especially the dwarven lady x3

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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Dwarves are fun to draw, for me anyway.
Thanks for stopping by. :D
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sandcastler Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Fantastic job on all of them!  I'd love to see an aquatic race thrown in the mix, too, like a Sea Elf, or Nixie with their webbed hands & feet ;)
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Kythkyn Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Writer
Even if the half-Orc's nose isn't quite right, she's easily my favourite in the line up :D They all look great though!
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
:aww: Thanks! So nice of you to say! :thumbsup: :thanks:
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tristan2004 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Keep up the good work. I think you stayed true to the book and simply did a "better job" at portraying the original intent of each race. The Orc looks feminine but still beastly. The Gnome is distinctive from the halfling (one thing my friend hates is how it sometimes seems like Halfings and gnomes are the same thing), and i like how at first the halfelf seems to have the same body as the human, but you can see that she is more lithe here and there.
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks for checking out my drawing. I haven't looked at it in ages. I really should take another crack at drawing these races again one of these days.
Yeah, I tried to make then look distinctive but still attractive. I wanted them to look like a fun character that someone would want to play.
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IronNoodle Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great interpretations, everyone has their own idea of how these races should be portrayed. I like to think of the Player's Handbook as a guide rather than a strict set of rules especially when it comes to looks. :D
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
I agree. The standard tropes of fantasy should be a guidelines for the imagination not a hard rule.
Many time here on DA I folks have scolding me for not getting the look of a fantasy character or race right. I have been corrected for giving them the wrong weapon or they felt the image was a little too science fiction looking. None of it is real, I'm just having some fun with art and character design. Still I try to be good natured about it, I'm happy that people take an interest in my work. :D
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:iconironnoodle:
IronNoodle Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah makes a lot of sense, I wholeheartedly agree.
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Val1121 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing great work
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks! :D
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artusmaximus Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
This looks like something i might have seen in the back room of a Heroes and Hobbs. Oh wait... it was pretty much all the back room...
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
:laughing: Ah, those were the days.... ahem, :-? Who is this?
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:icontwilightwindwaker777:
What about an Orc-Elf? If humans can mate with elves and orcs I see no reason why an elf and an orc can't do it. Their stats would be similar to a human (all average). The high wisdom and low strength of an elf and the high strength and low wisdom of an orc would cancel out.
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
Good Idea! :thumbsup:
This is a Half-Ork with elven blood. [link]
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Artemis2229 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
im really short so im happy to see a pretty dwarf! great !drawings
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks! :thumbsup: It's o.k., I'm short too. :nod:
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Leemophyte Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
That is one foxy dwarf mama.
The gnomelady has some issues with the fitting of her trowsers. *ahem* /embarassed
You're elflady looks pissed as hell, which I only makes me wonder.

Great stuff!
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
The female dwarf IS cute now that I look at her.
Well, I think that line was meant to be a vertical stitch or seam in her trousers, but lets be honest... It's camel-toe. There I said it! :worry: Oh, the shame!
What does the angry Elf lady make you wonder?
I recon she doesn't like posing in a line-up with lesser lifeforms. :D
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Nidhoeggr2 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Finally an awesome dwarf woman :) Only her nose could be a bit bigger for my taste :D
And by the way: If this is a HALF-orc, I donīt think I would be happy to come across a FULL, PURE Orc
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the compliment! I can tell that your are a fan of the Dwarven race. What can I say, I'm known for drawing little noses. Yeah, that half Ork is pretty Orkish. Could crush you with a bear-hug.
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AevalPrince Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you portrait the Gnome. More often then not I find Gnome women being portrait as ugly creatures. I'm glad to finally find someone else who pictures them in a much more beautiful light. Excellent art!
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks. :thanks: Gnomes are the best! No way they could be ugly in my opinion! :D
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Taffra Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
:omg: THIS IS AMAZING! :wow: I love the looks of their faces. So cool how you have designed the dwarf woman, very interesting character. :D
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Well, Thank you! :D
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:icontaffra:
Taffra Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
You're very welcome. :aww:
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PiratedPanites Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such an amazing picture. When I have new people starting the game I show them THIS before the one in the book, because its better. I used the pose and portions of your dwarf lady to help me create my dwarf character. The link is here, if you don't want me to display it because I used yours a reference let me know and I'll take it down. [link]
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner May 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
I am most flattered! :blushes:
I like you Dwarf lady as well. Excellent work. :D
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