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« on: 05 May 2009, 11:09:57 »

Alright here is my rendition of Drakus.   Let me know what you think.
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« Reply #1 on: 05 May 2009, 11:29:04 »

Very impressive. One question, is this a mid-life portrait, (living in the college, addicted but hasn't realized how far, powerful, dark, and sinister,) or later-life, (self-exile having realized the enormity of what he's done, a true vampire)? The setting looks later-life, a throne, a dark castle, etc. but the man looks mid-life, no super costly clothes, and his face looks arrogant, but not yet haunted by what he has done? I would hate to be a critic, that most hated form of life, I was just curious. Something that causes self-exile and a complete withdrawl from society would leave lines, some kind of emotional scars.
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« Reply #2 on: 05 May 2009, 11:53:55 »

The clothing sort of loses definition around the waist so that the lower section of the robe looks... flat. The goblet looks awkward somehow. I think it's the way he's holding it that bothers me and the fact that it seems to be floating and missing a shadow, and there's something about the fingers bothering me but I couldn't tell you what. The carving on the top left could use something more than a suggestion of being there (it seems to me that the light difference shouldn't mask the detail that much, but I've been wrong) 
The detail on the disc behind his head I like. It looks like a map of the world, sort of suggestive there (not having read anything about him).  The face and the jewelry are excellent, particularly the suggestion of detail on the rings. He looks like he's not only on death's doorstep, but being welcomed in and having his hat taken from him, to paraphrase Terry Pratchett.
Whole thing reminds me very strongly of Elizabeth Báthory, or the old school Dracula (well dressed but not opulent, paling and all that.)
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« Reply #3 on: 05 May 2009, 12:26:49 »

This is a pic of him later in life.  " Aged 45, but not looking a day over 20".   

I agree the goblet looks awkward somehow.  I will do some measurements.
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« Reply #4 on: 06 May 2009, 03:51:29 »

Very cool picture once again, Seeker!  grin

A few things have been pointed out already, so there's room for some adjustment, but basically it's very well done - hope Deci is fine with the representation of the character. I like these details you've put in there, like the goblet, which is really a nice piece in itself. Or the chair and the details on top of it. The map in the background looks to me like that supercontinent on Earth that existed before it split, so I assume you took that from a reference. Not so much a problem for me, though, it could as well have been the Caelerethian supercontinent, though that one probably looked slightly different.

Anyway, pictures is lovely, I like it!  thumbup
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« Reply #5 on: 06 May 2009, 04:57:25 »

Can someone help Art out with the map?  What is it?  Prize goes to the first to respond with the correct answer.
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« Reply #6 on: 06 May 2009, 05:00:09 »

I think it might be Nybelmar
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« Reply #7 on: 06 May 2009, 05:00:33 »

lol It's actually very obvious, Seeker, though Valan just beat me to it posting ti here... Just realized it! Nice idea! thumbup
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« Reply #8 on: 06 May 2009, 05:36:37 »

Well that was quick.  Very obvious indeed  azn.  Valan you win!  Congratulations  thumbup  thumbup

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« Reply #9 on: 06 May 2009, 05:44:52 »

Wow!

Thanks Seeker, I like this alot!

While I like it the way it is there are a few things I wouldn't mind pointing out:

-His lips could be a bit more of a richer red, as detailed in the description

-I pictured his eyes greyer, while they are if you zoom in, the other colours make it look almost yellow to me from a distance. A more silvery hue should get the effect, is that possible?

- Could the colour of the khaki parts of his clothing be lightened. While I had whitish grey in mind for what he would usually wear, I dont know if that would work. But I think the white/whiter colour would heighten the whole 'darkly elegant' aura he's supposed to have. Would that be too much trouble?

Otherwise Seeker, a fine depiction!

Well Done!
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« Reply #10 on: 06 May 2009, 05:55:46 »

So far all these changes can easily be done.
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« Reply #11 on: 06 May 2009, 06:00:58 »

Good to hear!
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« Reply #12 on: 06 May 2009, 08:52:17 »

Well done, Seeker!


I do have one tiny quibble.  I know he's not supposed to look old, but his skin just looks too soft and smooth to me.  Perhaps you can give it a coarser texture somehow?  His eyes are good--they look "experienced", but his skin looks "baby bottom" soft.


Besides that, it's another good work! thumbup


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« Reply #13 on: 06 May 2009, 09:02:44 »

Bravo!  A very strong characterization.  I love the colour choices, the pose, and the detail on things like the goblet and jewelry.

One issue that I find in a number of your pictures so far - and you can regard this as personal preference if you like - is the lack of texture to surfaces.  They all have the same 'smooth' surface that gives them a plasticky, unfinished feel.  Why not try adding long thin lines to your wood to give it that woodgrain feel - a tiny 'grain' or dot filter over your flesh areas to give them depth and translucency - layers of cross-hatching on fabric to simulate a weave - and so on?   

I really think concentrating on texture would take your pictures to the next professional level and give them a 'finish' - quite literally - that would create a striking effect.    Again, my opinion, but I see so many strengths in your ability to create light and shadow, perspective, anatomy, and the rest, that to me the lack of texture stands out as the 'area to work on' to really make this, and other illustrations, pop!

Congrats on a great character portrait, and on achieving masterwork status so rapidly!

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« Reply #14 on: 06 May 2009, 11:30:29 »

As usual the community is right.  I haven't addressed all of Valan's comments yet (still trying to figure out what to do veryconfused)  But I hit on most of the others ....  And I am learning.   So this is good.

Keep the comments coming.  I'll let you know when I give in.
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