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Immortal Responsibility by JLDragonfly Immortal Responsibility by JLDragonfly
Edit- 10/15/2010

I very very rarely go back to paintings that i've already declared done, but the particular one for some reason stuck in my head very strongly recently, and i just HAD to. I was never happy with his face- it looked too dirty, and the eyes were violet, rather than my usual blue i tend to paint Ryan's as. So, i went in to fix the face and ended up fixed the skin tones for both of them. I'll have an even better Image soon, lacking flash-glare, but for now, hope ya enjoy. :)
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This one is of Ryan and Nari of book one again, and OMG it was HARD! Iíve actually been sitting on it for over a year, and itís got to be one of the hardest character portraits I have ever done! Iím not totally happy with it, but at this point, I am just done :faint:

Forgive the horrible flash-glare. I hate my camera :shakefist:


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I can definitely see how this would be quite a challenge to pull off. There are so many different elements here!

To begin, I like the different colors you've used here: the colors in the stone, particularly work really well. So many people just use gray, and having grown up seeing quarries, very few stone walls are all one color! I will say that, the very bright and vibrant blue seems almost out of place considering all of the forest tones in the rest of this piece. It makes me wonder if perhaps he's of a higher station?

On to some of the things that seem a little off (I know you can't fix them now, but maybe you can keep these in mind in the future.)

Her pose in particular must have been a pain to figure out. Her right forearm looks a little too long here.. I think the elbow should have been further down? Also, her face looks a little squashed almost. I know that's probably the angle of the image, though.

Also, his hair seemed a bit flat on the left side of his head. Even when your hair's slicked back, there should be some slight height difference between the side of your head and the edge of your hair.

I think that's all I can think of for now! I hope this was helpful; I don't tend to critique all that much, but since you'd requested it here!
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist
This is done beautifully, especially the foilage and the stone wall. The woman's pose must have given you hell, especially those hands. I like how the man's blue clothing makes him stand out, yet the woman's colouring is a mirror of her surroundings.
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for such a thoughtful insight :aww:
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Emilyahedrick Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow you did really good :)
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :aww:
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Emilyahedrick Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome :D
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Caitin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Again, you have created a fantastic piece of artwork!
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:aww:
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Windestaenzerin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really well done. I like her dress and how you did the sword and the stones.
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :aww:
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LadyLoquacious Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The glare isn't to bad, the wall just steals this scene! It is just so colorful and looks like it has a personality all its own.
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you...though i think i'd have prefered it if the people stole the scene...^^;
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LadyLoquacious Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
lol well I am weird about what catches my eye sometimes, I have drawings of mine where the hair took over a picture about the eyes lol
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle:
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sailorangel Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the details in the trees and stone wall and fabric are gorgeous! :heart:
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! and good to see you back around! :hug:
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sailorangel Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks XD
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:aww:
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Oh I forgot something! The sword blade looks curved... almost. If it's intended to be curved, then maybe make it more obvious in the future? And if it's intended to be straight, then watch for those sharper edges, and keep the hilt aligned with the blade.

Okie, now I'm done lol
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
the blade actually has a very suble curve in the book. ;)
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Ahhh yeah that would be hard to draw then.. maybe exagerate it just a touch in future pics, just so we can see it a bit easier?
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
i tried that...and then it looked broken to me :o

it's also sopposed to be a dimond blade....good luck figuring out how to draw THAT...i still haven't and i've had that sword in the story for 10 years. lol
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
yeah no clues here lol
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JLDragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
i know :faint:
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