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1831  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Quellion's Centoraurian in progress on: 19 September 2005, 11:52:00
Not to criticise you, Curgan, you are the expert here, but just a note about the horse and man in terms of relative sizes.

The Centaurian horse is usually about 15 hands (60 inches) at the withers.  Centaurian men, according the the entry, are about 1.75 peds, or perhaps somewhere between 65-70 inches (very roughly)  They aren't really tall like the Kuglimz. So this fellow looks to be in proportion to his horse, as their shoulders seem to be pretty much level.  That would put him at something like 5'7", 5'8"?  Which seems about right.


Alysse the Likely

1832  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Quellion's Centoraurian in progress on: 15 September 2005, 14:20:00
Wow, Quellion, you must have been busy lately!  Not only the elf but now this lovely sketch!

I do have one comment though (looks apologetic)

The Centaurian horse is very slim, elegant and graceful, very much like an Arab.  Your horse's body and build are fine but the head is too heavy for this animal.  They have slender faces and dainty muzzles that could "drink from a cha cup!", as the boast goes.  My entry on them was thoroughly "Curgan-approved".

I love the pose and as I said, the body and long legs are good, but if you could refine the head a bit, that would be ideal.

Sorry to be so nit-picky. :hug  

Alysse the Likely

1833  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Eratin's Kuglim Lancer, V 4 on: 19 September 2005, 11:24:00
Forgive my impertinence, Art, but I think it looks more like the description of "Pheasant Grass" in the Herbarium. I include it below rather than a link because it's so short.

PHEASANT GRASS, THE
Importance. Good hay, golden seedheads are popular with wild birds.
Summary. Tawny plumes of seed heads decorate this longstemmed wild gold grass. Also a major component of the plains ecosystem, Pheasant Grass grows from one to two peds high in small copses or thickets. It dries quickly and is very attractive, keeping its shiny golden colour and not dropping seedheads everywhere. Birds thrive on the grain, and horses enjoy the cut dried "pheasant hay" in the winter.

There's no indication of territory or anything that would contradict this, so that could work.  The "alth'tiert", however, is just a jumble of clustered leaves, no mention of seed heads or anything like that, so I don't think this would work for that.

I realize that these plants are not "one to two peds high" but they aren't necessarily fully mature at this point.  The picture doesn't really give a clear impression of season.  Also, plants growing high in the mountains don't get as big.

My two sans worth,

Alysse the Likely

1834  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Quellion's Injerín Elf in progress on: 15 September 2005, 14:09:00
Ooo, he's adorable, he's almost as cute as Legolas! (giggles, waits for everybody to sigh patiently and roll their eyes)

Thank you once again, Quellion, for your patience and your amazing talent.  I love this picture.  And not only one but THREE entries it can be used to illustrate! (Injeran elf, Yealm Reed and Ret'jyrl tree)  :clap :clap :clap

Alysse the Likely

1835  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Quellion's Injerín Elf in progress on: 14 September 2005, 17:52:00
Perhaps just a tiny bit, Grunok, but Injerin Elves are supposed to be quite fair skinned and ruddy cheeked, so Quellion was just following my description.  I figure if you combined that with the lighting effect, it would be a fairly vivid colouration.

However, I think Grunok has a point here--maybe just blend the edges a touch, so the colour is less distinctive  from the surrounding skin?  Ultimately, I guess it's up to you, Quellion, what you want to do with it.  As you know, I already think it's pretty fabulous and feel very flattered to have a picture created to my request. :clap   :hug  

Alysse the Likely

1836  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Quellion's Injerín Elf in progress on: 12 September 2005, 14:40:00
I love the rich, warm colours!   :clap :clap :clap   Quellion, thank you for this beautiful picture.  It's wonderful to have artists like you (and the others, of course) here in Santharia.:hug

Alysse the Likely

1837  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Quellion's Injerín Elf in progress on: 08 September 2005, 06:36:00
I think the colouration is beautiful, though of course my monitor does seem to show things slightly darker  And I love rich, vibrant colours.  For a "rough colour draft", this is gorgeous.  And the fishing pole change which you did makes it work now, Quellion.  I just couldn't figure out what it was that made it look slightly "off" like that!

Congratulations!  This is really beautiful.

Alysse the Likely

1838  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Quellion's Injerín Elf in progress on: 06 September 2005, 07:59:00
Sure, I'm okay with that, if it doesn't mean too much extra work for you.  

And thanks again, he's so beautiful! :)  

Alysse the Likely

1839  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Quellion's Injerín Elf in progress on: 05 September 2005, 20:33:00
A beautiful sketch, Quellion!

I think the elf is wonderful, with his beautiful features and high cheekbones, and the background looks ideal, with the Shaded forest behind and around him and the Prominent Mountains in the distance.

There are a couple of things I noticed that I'd like to comment on.  One is the foreground rock--that little fish looks like he is going to slide right down that rock and back into the water if the elf doesn't grab him. I'd suggest that the rock be drawn to slope up at the front, or the fish be on a string, or something, just so he doesn't look like he's going to get away.
Another is that there is something odd about the perspective.  Somehow, when you look at the whole picture, the elf seems to be very high up above the water.  When you just look at his side, he looks like he's very near to it.  I'm not quite sure what is causing this odd illusion.  Maybe it's just that the river is quite narrow?

I hope these comments are helpful, I'm no artist.  I really look forwards to seeing this in completion, with color and all.
( :D  with anticipation, gives Quellion a :hug  and dances off happily)

Alysse the Likely

1840  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Faugar's Avennorian Merchant on: 22 August 2005, 14:47:00
Absolutely splendid, Faugar.  I think it's perfect!

Now, these cave-docks.  Is this a case of what you see is what you get?  I mean, is there just the one, or are there more around the corner?  Presumably the cave contains storage warehouses and some mode of transportation (probably stables with the big Southern Draught horses and carts)  to get the goods where they have to go.  Or perhaps there is a tunnel which winds its way to the surface  in Lorehaven, for perishable goods (things that need to be kept cool, or in the dark)?

In this case, we'd need dwarfish permission, if there are any Thergerim around this area. Okay, I've got some research to do.

And again, Faugar, I love this picture, thank you so much for putting all that work into it. :hug  

Alysse the Likely

1841  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Faugar's Avennorian Merchant on: 21 August 2005, 20:39:00
I think it's lovely.  I was very impressed by the amazing detail on the merchant's clothes.   :clap   :clap

Perhaps it's just the perspective but the docking area does look rather far away from the town.  I kind of had envisioned it a little closer.  If it is that far, there would probably need to be a couple more buildings near the docks for things like stables and transport wagons to bring goods into/out of the city.  Maybe just one or two larger buildings by the docks?   I also don't mind adjusting my entry to say that the town is further away and very spread out and sprawly. (so you wouldn't see most of it in a picture of this size)  But you've obviously put a great deal of work, time and effort into this picture and it shows, it's beautiful.  

I look forward to seeing the others as well. :)  

Alysse the Likely

1842  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Bard Judith's Artanmies V2 on: 18 August 2005, 13:28:00
This is absolutely splendid!  The aging effects are very realistic looking. Thank you Bard, for this lovely picture for my entry!

:clap    :clap

Alysse the Likely

1843  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Eratin's Kuglim Lancer, V 3 on: 07 August 2005, 09:41:00
Actually, Thuja, a trained warhorse is a fighting machine in and of itself.  Anybody grabbing the tail would get kicked into oblivion.  Warhorses were often aggressive animals that would fight as violently as their riders, kicking and trampling the enemy.  It would be hard to get close enough to grab the tail, even a long, trailing one.

To avoid tangling, the Kuglimz might consider tying up the tail for battle, but I don't think they'd bother just on patrol watch.

Alysse the Likely

1844  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Eratin's Kuglim Lancer, V 3 on: 06 August 2005, 08:03:00
Spectacular!

The landscape and cloud formations are utterly gorgeous, Eratin, and the lighting is great.  I love it.

I have just one question:  Which way is the wind blowing?  From the horse's stance and the direction on the feathering around his hooves, he seems to be facing into the wind, but the fringes on the blanket are blowing the other way.  And neither the rider's hair or the horse's tail seem to be affected by wind in either direction.

Oh and the tail should be longer, the Kuglimz don't dock their horses.  I don't think this is actually practised anywhere in Santharia.

But is spite of my nit-picking, it's an amazing picture, and VERY Kuglimz.  :clap  :clap  :clap

Alysse the Likely

1845  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Again: 3 Draardle on: 04 August 2005, 12:08:00
Beautiful, Talia!

I like the old colours better too, though, those jewel tones were gorgeous.  This version does seem a tad too light, perhaps.

Alysse the Likely

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