Klaan Darkbane

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

Raymond Soderlund

In 1997, with the beta just around the corner, my friends and I were excited about Ultima Online. I eventually started to sketch our potential characters. This is Klaan Darkbane, my personal character. He stands here on an eagle-shaped gargoyle in front of stained glass window depicting the Avatar promoting the virtue of honor, the virtue of Klaan's hometown of Trinsic. I initially conceived him as a 'good guy' rogue/swashbuckler-type, but in the game he would eventually gravitate more towards the ranger role. Fans of the game will also note that the architecture of Trinsic is all wrong, as UO depicted the city as made out of sandstone. Chalk it all up to pre-release enthusiasm. This image was done in pencil and inked, then scanned in and colored with Photoshop. As it's the first image I ever modified in Photoshop, I made many of the amateur mistakes, such as using gradient fills and textures. But it's one of the few images I've ever been happy with and is a favorite with those who have seen my work. 1997 Pencil and ink, computer colored

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