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My Septims by Iseijin My Septims by Iseijin
Managed from start to finish; a leap for me!

Like the WIP of before, I think a lot of people tend to forget what Brynjolf is in his core: a thief.
This glorious, impossible man to swoon, is like a wild animal. You can only really appreciate them in their natural habitat, from afar, where you can admire their totality of their person and context.
So I think the reason that Brynjolf is unmarriagleable is that the man is already committed! To the Thieves Guild. You can tell he really worries about the Guild and its members and definitly acts a bit like a big brother to everyone - Delvin would be the cool uncle sorts. I'm fine with not marrying Brynjolf, though ye gods if that were an option I would've SO FAST, with a "Howdy" a day from 'im I can manage.

Remember that when you tame a wolf it loses it's "edge", and by then it's nothing more than another man's dog.
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TheDovahkiinWriter Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
There was one episode of Star Trek where a captain gets so swept up in her simulated fantasy that she falls for a guy in the simulation. She ends up changing him so he's perfect and can be with her, but then she discovers she doesn't like him as much that way.
I feel like it's the exact same way with Bryn. On my last character, I did download a mod to make him marriable, but you've made me kinda reconsider it.
This is a lovely piece and your description was perfect.
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Red-WereZ Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Brynjolf looks very much the thief in this picture! And you make a good point about Brynjolf - shame Bethesda had to make him so handsome and awesome that everyone wanted to marry him! XD 
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99Hedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eh think brinyolf iz a prety cool guy
eh steelz shit and doesnt afraid of anything
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LadySlipstream Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
*applauds statement until hands go numbs*  THANK YOU for sharing your thoughts on this matter!!  And you've done so in a very well-worded and elegant manner, too.  People often forget that by changing a person to suit their own romantic interests and intentions, they are effectively 'degrading' the elements that made them so appealing.  There is nothing wrong with the original product; it is the perception that needs to change.  I think it's just as well they've locked Brynjolf away to save his character.  Not that I've gone to the temple for that reason, or intend to soon, but I've read of what happens to a NPC once they've been ringed into marriage.  They lose themselves.  It's most likely a factor of game programming, than it is a conscious decision to completely strip a marriage candidate of their defining traits and quirks.  Brynjolf, then, will forever be that rapscallion of a swindler, whose lifelong goal will always be the pursuit of his true love: gold.  And would we have him any other way?  

I write for a character the way I'd want to read about them.  I try hard to create an extension of what they are ingame, avoiding the rehashed, reprogrammed, extreme-fanservice molds.  This matters to me.  It makes a tale more believable, and therefore enjoyable.  That isn't to take merit away from those who explore those alternatives, or say that I'm a purist snob, I just have a greater appreciation for 'vanilla'.  Fanart is, primarily, the expression of ones appreciation and inspiration of something.  I find more in the straighter-cut versions.  Suddenly having Farkas chase me with love-hearts in his eyes, while a nice and warm thought, isn't what I consider a real reward.  A treat, yes - oh Gods yes, lmao - but it wouldn't be 'him' him, you know?  It's like you said: when you tame a wolf, it loses its edge, and by then it's nothing more than another man's dog.  You have no idea how happy it makes me to come across another person who thinks the same!

Back to the subject at hand: WOW!  I've just discovered your artworks and am slowly gaining a better understanding of your style.  It hasn't taken long, though.  Brynjolf looks absolutely gorgeous in your hand!  That pose you've given him is so fitting of both the topic and his persona.  I love it.  He looks wild, dangerous and roguish - exactly who he is, and how I'd love him to stay.

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LadySlipstream Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
"hands go numbs" - LMAO *facepalm* that's a new level of hurr durr durr for me.
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cuteanimejasmine Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Artist
At least I can love him in my fangirl dreams
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digipup Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lately I've started feeling the same, honestly. Romancing Bryn, I mean. I suppose it can be worked around in fanfiction, but still xD 
At first I hadn't thought of him as "married to his job," but when I started a new game not long ago (yeah... I spend long amounts of time with my characters :I ) and put off joining the Thieves Guild for a while after doing the job against Brand-Shei, those "Come back when you grow a backbone" comments and his generally aloof, downtalking attitude made me start thinking... He's actually not really that nice a guy at all. The only reason he starts being nicer to you is when you prove to be good at the same things he's good at -- benefitting his job.

By the way, I really like your art. Do you do much Skyrim work? I can't figure out why I'm not already watching you. Fixed that.
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Pyreiris Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In one play through I accidentally set fire to four of the beehives at Honeyglow Estate. It was in the middle of a dragon attack as well, so I was in a hurry to get clear, noticed what looked like four columns of smoke, but headed back to Riften anyway. Got there and BOY! Bryn was livid! Not very nice at all. Needless to say I reloaded and did the last part again. That time when I got back he was suitably impressed. Moral of the story, Bryn won't accept failure.
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digipup Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh dear xD I'm curious now, but I'm also a little afraid to know. He sure can be snide.
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XS-Is-The-Shiz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And this is amazing...
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