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76  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Once upon a time... on: 01 February 2009, 19:42:06
ok, here is the final version (unless there are some more requests):
77  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Once upon a time... on: 29 January 2009, 05:34:20
Thanks again for the suggestions and the praise! Coren - good observation!
Here is the update. Let me know what you think (I probably forgot about something).
I'm going to go through my books about medieval design and Celtic symbols to search for a more compelling design for the pendant and possibly the dress ornaments.

78  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Once upon a time... on: 29 January 2009, 00:13:37
great suggestions! I'll see to it asap :)
79  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Once upon a time... on: 28 January 2009, 22:07:56
:)

Ok, here is a colored version. I need to add the ring(s) now. Any idea what kind and how many (and where)?
Any other suggestions?
80  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Once upon a time... on: 27 January 2009, 06:34:51
Here is an update (before colorizing the image):

The young "dwarfette" is obviously defending her honor, and compensating her lack of beard (which is a symbol of.. eh.. something good among Dwarves I believe?). What do you think?
81  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Once upon a time... on: 26 January 2009, 16:23:10
Altario, you rascal ;) Thank you all for the comments, they are always encouraging!

So, yes, it was supposed to be a young dwarf, I'm planning to add some more (perhaps). The picture was more a spur of the moment - I made it yesterday, so apart from the eons old plan to portray you Judith, there was no preparation.
I'll take it to full color soon, and have already some ideas about refining the dress. Any personal jewelry you might prefer? A simple hair scarf? A pendant on a string or chain? Maybe even a silhouette of a tree in the background (what kind?).
Oh, and my morning is made also, by your joy :)
82  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Once upon a time... on: 26 January 2009, 05:31:26
.. there was a great Bard that used to sing to the Dwarves.

A pictorial ode to our beloved Bard Judith ;)
83  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Twen's portrait on: 25 January 2009, 20:05:18
here is the lastest revision. The tree has extra detail + some dried out grass (and some minor details changed). Is there some form of "necromantic" (or related to necromancy) tree in Santharia?
84  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Twen's portrait on: 23 January 2009, 06:52:43
Lorek - thanks for the heads up! Whatever the nature of her problems, I'm sure we all wish her well.

Quellion - thank you! I think I hold a record with this one for "longest ever WIP", at least as far as Santharian pictures are concerned ;) It feels good to finish something that has been in my head for so long though!

Twen's absence does give me some time to update the tree - I agree with Arti's point about the lack of detail in it. I have a commission deadline next monday, so it'll probably delay this, but not for too long I hope :)
85  Organization and General Discussions / Discussions, Development Ideas & Proposals / Re: Best Art on: 20 January 2009, 05:41:58
 lol
86  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Twen's portrait on: 20 January 2009, 03:57:05
Thanks all!
It was not my intention to make her legs seem ehm.. unshaven ;) I guess it's the brush strokes that created that illusion.
I'll try to fix that and will make it more slender. I'm not entirely happy with the way her head in in full profile, so I'll see if I can experiment with that as well.

Nsikigan: We should have info on portrait commissions on the website, right Art? I can't recall the exact rate atm.

Talia: I wish there was such a tool :) The closest thing I can imagine is making a 3d plane with the texture of the fabric on it, and then deforming it into folds, but even that would be extremely difficult to achieve without stretching the fabric. So I guess it leaves us manual (guessing) work.

Expect an update soon!

Here is the new version. Slightly bigger too. Should the skin look uneven/funny, check your monitor gamma - the image is not supposed to be too dark. I changed the tree a bit, as I thought it lacked... something. I also tried to clean up the edges a bit. The lack of sharpness/detail in the tree is intentional Art, it's a background, and I don't want it to be distracting. But if the lack of detail is distracting, I think I should add a bit more.
What do you think? I like the head better this time, but I'm curious about your preference :)
87  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Twen's portrait on: 19 January 2009, 06:50:36
Hey there everyone, and especially: Twen!

I posted an update to the portrait I started working on.. eons ago, in the original thread 2 days ago, but got no reply yet.
Today I thought of reading the original portrait description again, and made some changes accordingl. Here is the updated version (for the previous one check the other thread).
Comments/suggestions are welcome!
 
88  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: A proposal for Arti and Faugar on: 17 January 2009, 08:29:28
Ehm.. I'm reviving this topic. I'm truly sorry it's taken this long, Twen!
Here is the latest "finished" version.
Let me know if you have any comments/suggestions/questions, anyone!
89  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Sculptures on: 17 January 2009, 08:26:28
Yes, you're right Art! I should.. I must. I was waiting for your opinion, and with Judy's inspiring description I think I should be able to produce something. I'll start with the alcove first, like you suggested.

Ok, here is a render of the alcove - I made a simple one to see how it will look, with limestone texture. Bear in mind that the "painterly brush look" is the next step, just looking for reactions to the background and overal look.
90  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Sculptures on: 25 December 2008, 02:06:53
clone brush let's you paint over the source image with any brush, and applies the brush strokes/distortion to the image, so you don't paint color but the effect of the brush only. Pretty neat, huh? :)
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