There's fan art, and then there's fan art that wouldn't look out of place in a museum. What makes these uncanny busts of Solas and Cullen from Bioware's much-loved Dragon Age RPG even more impressive is that they're the work of a self-taught, hobbyist sculptor.
26-year-old Fenedhiss (real name not given) is a military recruit in the process of enlisting in the Marine Corps who sculpts in his spare time. His handle – "Fenedhiss" – is even a reference to an Elven word from the game franchise that translates to "crap" or something along those lines. "It literally translates to something like 'wolf penis,' but I think it's more likely that it was meant as a vague curse word," he says. He's aware that most people would be surprised to find out that his time is split between artistic game tributes and actual military training. "I know," he says. "It doesn’t really seem to fit with the whole sculptor image, but yup. That’s my other life."
He’s been an artist for 10 years, producing a mix of paintings, sculptures, abstract pieces, and working on one-off comic books of Marvel properties. In the beginning, his sculpting knowledge came from books and the internet. Now it's mostly hands-on experience. "I started out with modeling clay and kind of worked my way up from there," he says. "I didn’t really have anything to go on from the start, but it kind of came naturally to me. I was drawn to it, and so I ran with it."
Though none of the busts are for sale, and they’re not likely to show up in a gallery at any point soon, the process of sculpting itself is worthwhile for Fenedhiss. "I like to make them for myself" he says. It challenges him; it helps him grow. "I never would have even gotten into the bust form if not for Dragon Age." Prior to the Dragon Age busts, he was mostly sculpting nude bodies with stylized versions of classical sculpture. "In this process I’ve learned about sculpting other textures, clothing, armor, things like that… That alone is worth it to me."
You can see more of his work here.