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Goblin Sketches by UlaFish Goblin Sketches by UlaFish
For the purpose of my portfolio, I've been developing a fantasy world for a hypothetical game- complete with races, classes, environments, lore, and history. Goblins are one of my favorite fantasy races, and this is my take on them.
In my last set of goblin concepts, the ones with bat-like features were by far the most popular, so I've chosen to go with that direction in fleshing out this race a bit further.

The goblins of Orphan (just a working title for the world, until I come up with something good) are cave dwellers. Although their eyesight isn't bad, their hearing is incredible- and they use echolocation to help them navigate the vast underground network of caverns that is their kingdom. Before encountering other races, they communicated through a language of music, and this has shaped much of their culture. The goblins are known to craft incredible instruments with magical qualities- no two of which are alike. They're also known for a particular love of herbs, and many of their instruments double as smoking apparatuses. The goblins mine a type of crystal that has unique resonating properties, which they use to enhance their musical implements, their magic, their weapons, and their wardrobes. They cultivate moths for meat and fur, as well as pets and messengers. Moth wing motifs are common in goblin textiles, tattoos, and art. Spiders are also popular pets, and the goblins have bred a range of them for everything from guard beasts to lap warmers.
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:iconbunny75:
bunny75 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Batnoses are not my thing, but I like their fresh look and I love, what you are done with their culture. :)
(And I really would ask the freckled one to date.)
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RealSorceror Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love that you chose to develop the bat-nose goblins further. I've seen a lot of recycled goblin ideas but this is very fresh and different.
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lawsdraws Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
*sigh*

Please do an art book one day, Kindra. Your art is beautiful, charming, ethereal, thoughtful, playful and sassy all at once. Just lovely.
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Dazzle-Camouflage Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
These look incredible - Goblins have very quickly become my favourite fantasy race and I adore how much thought and love you've put into these designs and the cultural aspects; it really shines through. This is definitely something I'd love to see and read more about!

Also my favourite is the old lady goblin near the top with all her cute little pet spiders! :D
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Mirrorwings Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Wow, this is spectacular. Not just the art, but the details in the race! I love bats in general, and using the heightened hearing to lead into music as a means of communication just sent me into giggles of delight! 
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:iconowl-robot:
Owl-Robot Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I like the bat faces. That seems rather unique as a Goblin design.
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:iconcivilizedsavagery:
civilizedsavagery Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Finally goblins with some actual culture! I'm so tired of seeing the typical tribal or eccentric engineers themes. I can't wait to see more of this game concept!
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MojoLiazon Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
As Leyly said, it'd make a great book! Have you considered putting up an ebook on Amazon or similar? Plenty of people have art books filled with concept art like your goblin page there, even I do. I'd buy that! I'm sure plenty of artists would use such stuff as inspiration and reference and whatever else...
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MojoLiazon Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great stuff, keen to see more.
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ashbet Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
I love their bat-noses!! And all the ways you've worked crystals into their attire and armament -- they're amazing!

The chubby spiders are wonderful, too -- you really have a distinctive and wonderful art style! :)
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:iconthebigjb:
thebigjb Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Artist
My gosh, I LOVE this take on goblins! Possibly the coolest concept on that race that I've ever seen!
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I'm really fond of this idea as well. I hope I can get into a game someday!
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:iconleyly:
Leyly Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Such an interesting background story! This would make such a good illustrated book, waauuuu. I will just dream of this. Maybe it'll come true one day. :heart:
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I will do my best to make that dream come true! Thank you :)
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely LOVE this picture, the soft painterly sketch style, the designs. Everything just looks so perfect! :heart:
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much :)
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:iconmako85:
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome ;)
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TORVUSANDFRIENDS Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ME: Very inventive. you wouldn't sue me if I used some feachers from your goblins in some of my goblins would you? Mainly the nose, and only for a certain breed.

TORVUS: Oh, SUE HIS ASS OFF JUST FOR ASKING! Please? It's fun watching him get yelled at by Judy!
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, well thanks to you and Torvus. I won't sue you, I do not own bat noses, and I'm betting it has been done before.
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TORVUSANDFRIENDS Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Probably, it does seem to fit goblins well.
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:iconwightpower:
wightpower Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bat Goblins! I never would have thought of that. These designs are all really wonderful; I can't wait to see more of your world.
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I can't wait to show you more of my world! I really need to flesh it out and work on it some more. Thank you for the compliment :)
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Mopeyface Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
I'm not at all a fan of the average ugly green goblin, but these designs seriously rock.
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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delineans Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm nearly about to like goblins ! :P Plus, I'm fascinated by those gemstone-dotted clothes ! All here is pretty new, and it's really enjoyable to be surprised by a concept which deviates from the familiar paths !
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like them! I can't wait to do some real illustrations of these guys.
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delineans Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't only like them .. I adore your goblins ! And I can't wait to see real illustrations of these scheming creatures!
You have all my support! ;)
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:iconmuura:
muura Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
B..BATNOSES.. SQUEE... <3<3
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, gotta love those batnoses. I think bats should get more credit than me for making these goblins what they are.
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lastdove Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Singing more praise for these incredible designs. The fact that you gave them bat-like features is great and such a nice step away from the standard fantasy goblin look. Everything else about their designs are excellent too!
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much. I can't wait to explore this race further.
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:iconalorix:
alorix Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I have a fever and the only prescription is more goblins.
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh dear! I'll see what I can do.
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6nillion Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I like these...

Different take on goblins.
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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girlwithtalentOB Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
These creatures of yours have a very similar appearance to the hobgoblins from the Spiderwick Chronicles!
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DianaHold Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are so beautiful!!! :heart:
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much :)
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Malinidk Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You caught my interest in this, not only because of the nice and different goblin creations you did - making them look more like bats, which I think fits your world a lot more. Count me in on checking this out further - sometimes you stumble upon a piece and want to emerge yourself a lot more in the gallery. That's what I'm going to do.
I loved the detailed description of the race and can't wait to read more. You've done a great job and I can really feel your love in the goblins and renewing them in your own way. Did I say I loved it? :leetcrab:
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your interest and feedback!!
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:iconmalinidk:
Malinidk Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure, nice to see stuff like this go around - always an inspiration.
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MirkAssassin Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
You are brilliant.
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's very nice of you to say :)
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:iconmirkassassin:
MirkAssassin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
:) You're very welcome. I've just never seen goblins inspired by bat's. Which makes me go why didn't i think of that! It totally makes sense! Love the idea and you've executed them excellently! Keep this up :)
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I want a pet lap-warmer spider...
I love the way these goblins look!
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I actually want one, too.
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:iconbambou-chan:
Bambou-chan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Amazing creation, both drawing and concept story part. I really like all the little details such as the moth wings and use of herbs and crystals to enrich their clothes and instruments. Bravo!
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:iconulafish:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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RoseCarballeira Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very inspiring!
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FeloniusMonk Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really unique look, using the bat features! I love these :D
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