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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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the-exiled-muse Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
And gems, and gold and silver knick-knacks, and valuable weapons currently not being used, maybe a rare skill book or two, and ...
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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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ChristineFury Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I love the smirk, the glint in his eyes. The pose is really dynamic, despite only seeing his upper body- I can easily picture his legs crouched against the surface he's obviously about to launch himself from.

<3 wonderful piece of a wonderfully wicked man.
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Rikka16 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013

True. So very true.
Though, it would have been fun if they made it so you could marry Byrnjolf, but he would stay the same. Yeah, he'd call you 'love' or 'dear' and shtuff, but he'd still be his 'wolf' self, if that made any sense. XD

But in this sense, you wouldn't be taming him. You'd just be married to this 'wild animal'. And, even though in real life it would probably drive other women insane, I would be alright with this :3

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Rikka16 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Brynjolf* XD I fail at spelling, apparently.
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murmaidlure Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
UGH that is so true. ;0;
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LeaenaCaledon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hothothothothothothothothothothothothothothot :love:
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TheMadSinclair Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg your explanation
THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING OK.
I kinda wish you could have married him but then it's like, I remembered the one time I married Vilkas and then wondered where exactly my favorite grumpy serious warrior went, and then I shudder to think what would happen if they did that to Brynjolf.
Ruin a character so fast you wouldn't have time to blink. But yeah, he's way committed to the Thieves Guild. Clearly. Since he does the whole 'I'm busy hanging about in the cistern lass/lad, sorry lol'. |D
None of this is gonna stop me fangirling over him in my spare time though. Especially with fanarts like this just hangin' around...
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LadySlipstream Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Exactly!  It has put me off ingame marriages for the meantime.  Might give in to hear those pretty words but, in all honesty, sometimes it's just too... ick.  Too lovey-dovey.  Madman killer one day, pie-making housewife the next.  Some of the dialogue and tone seem too fanservice, like the developers and scriptwriters combined their powers to make it intentionally so, as a gag-type thing.  Might also be that I'm too cynical and want too much from a game, lol.  Oh heck no, it won't stop dem fangirl feels, at all!  If anything, the unrequited love will only fan the flames, lmao.
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Darth-Sparrowhawk Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love seeing all the "oh mr brynjolf bby" comments. :XD: ...sadly I have to agree. It's a shame he isn't on the marriage list...and I understand where you're coming from as well...but when you're character becomes Guild Master I think it should be an option, because then it'd be like he was marrying the guild. :iconlolowlplz:
Anyway, awesome stuff. Makes me want to play Skyrim again...
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LadySlipstream Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
LMAO 'marrying the guild'.  That'd be like the ultimate gold-digger face turn, too.  Felt the same way when becoming Harbinger turned out to be another way of tossing my character into the date market.  Of course, that can be avoided if you just don't wear a Mara amulet at all, but the timing of it is hilarious, nonetheless.
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Darth-Sparrowhawk Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, exactly haha. All of sudden everyone's like "eeey how u doin?"
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Ookamikuro Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Who says I wanted to tame him? The wolf needs not be collared.
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baratron Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Oh, Brynjolf *sigh*
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D4rkLynx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh wow he looks so incredible here, one of the best i've seen of him :heart:
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The-Serene-Mage Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
haha Devious Brynjolf
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Alvadar Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
To be fair, he could turn me faster than Sean Connery.
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jess-o Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll be honest.. at first glance I thought this was a tattoo-less Dorien. I clearly need to play more Skyrim!

Lovely colours on this one! I love the subtle gradients!
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Iseijin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student General Artist
HA! Dorien WISHES he were half this cool
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Rakeesh Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Oh Brynjolf. The thieving bastard with the deep heart-melting voice that makes you weak in the knees. And though he is a thief, he does have his no-kill policy to his work and mafia boss brains. He is quite the catch out there in the frozen lands of Skyrim.
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felthier Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
This thief goes from one to rustled in seven septims
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Laubwolf Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist
It's amazing :D I really like the contrast between his eyes and the red hair
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Halduis Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Brynjolf...

I don't know why, but he was oddly attractive.

... Brynjolf.

Need to play Skyrim again.

Brilliant piece!
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Shooshie-Foo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Brynjolf.

I need to play Skyrim, if only to hit on him with my own thief.

Unf, dat Brynjolf.
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