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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:56 am    Post subject: Rime Coldspray (finished) Reply with quote

EDIT:
Slight topic change. Since this was originally meant to be drawn in the spirit of the AATE cover, mist and all, it will have that blue-gray-schema and the odd tunnel.

This would still need feedback, I'm not all that happy with everything. For the first time testing this kind of monochromatic fadeout of background characters, not sure how well it's turning out. The passage isn't ready either.

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First version (still with text).


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the figure directly above her left shoulder is a bit distracting from the main figure, sort of intruding from the background into the foreground.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Muffin. I mirrored the whole background with the characters and pushed the intruder considerably back. Any better?

I've linked the updated picture into the first post, since the entire topic changed in any case.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very glad you have reintroduced this work. Missed it when it was briefly withdrawn.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, yes, I think the arrangement of the characters works better this way. I think the fade-out may be making things a little too fuzzy. Looking good, though.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This looks quite exciting. I love misty picture and it looks like you know how to create that feeling.

If I have a recommendation, it would be to give the background more space in the picture. And (you probably already intend to do it) put condensation in Rime's hair and armor and surround her feet with billowing clouds of mist.

When is this supposed to take place? Are you working from knowledge of Last Dark spoilers?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone for the input (or just commenting)!

I *could* still try to play around with the contrast and see if it looks ok with sharper background details, but I did spend quite a while with just that and ended up with this amount of fadeout. (Or perhaps I might adjust the gray tone of the bg figures...hmm, more tweaking...). Adding more background's more problematic at this point considering that I have the tunnel on 4-5 layers (background color/first texture/secondary texture/shading/fog). Plus one has to rethink the balance of the layout upon expanding the entire canvas. More fog and condensation requires much less effort. I'll see how things turn out.

I didn't have a definite scene in mind (about half of my TCTC art's like that anyhow); frankly I'm not certain as to where the Harrow struts on the cover of AATE (The Lost Deep?). Also not in possession of world-shattering TLD spoilers; only what I've read/seen in the sample chapter/trailer, and they don't pertain to this image. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HeeHeeHee... Frostheart called Murrin "Muffin".....

I like your style of drawing. It's very complex and beautiful.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frosty, glad to see you posting fresh artwork again Smile I like the misty look of this, hard to speak about the central figure for now though - but I hope it's going to be a bit faded as well, not in the distance-imitating way, which is not needed for it, but to add to that same "Last Dark" feeling.

Jenn, this is not the first time Muffin is called Muffin, it's pretty much his official nickname now Big Grin I might even find the thread this name was invented in if you're interested Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, returning to this at some point again... Laughing General color spectrum's going to be grayish-blue, but my own fault that I imagined Rime with a warm yellow surcoat...

Yup, "Muffin" complements the fuzzy cute critters in his avatar so well. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the colours. There's some nice detail on the armour.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's pretty awesome, FH.

Under the heading of constructive, nitpicking, because-you-want-input type comments: I think you need to play a bit more with the earings, they come across to me as out-of-place a bit. Fashionable rather than warrior-like, if you see what I mean. Would a swordmainir go for what are, in battle, essentially handles for ripping off ear-lobes? Maybe one earing (pirate-y). Or something talismanic or trophy-like. Or something like a tiny shield which holds tight to the head. Just thoughts.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!

I had some kind of long-winded reason for the earrings...yes.

The new patch of Swordmainnir are the inspirational lovechild of Findinavians and Scythians. I assumed they originally wore helmets akin to the First, but then the skurj ate them for supper together with their other supplies, including shields.



Skythian kick-arse lady above possesses Grueburn-type earrings.

Had they helmets left, I'd give them Vendel models, which in their original state match my obsession for detail. Earrings would go underneath the aventail and/or cheek guards.







Of course, now that they're strutting around sans the headgear, their ears would turn vulnerable. Technically they might pocket (pouch) them; this single detail isn't that hard to fix.

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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Päh, think I'm done fighting against this.




With that beastie tooth earring, she no longer looks like the twin of her cartoon version, though. *sadface*



There's often some significance to the decorations.



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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadface? I blame me!

So the "Helm of Awe" resides on her leg greaves ... I suppose it works just as well from there. Very Happy

Anyway, well done.

Is that skurj icor on her blade?

[Edit]This picture brings to mind another ... http://www.framecaplib.com/lotrlib/html/episodes/images/rotk/rotk0939.htm
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ægishjálmarnir reside on the level of...erm...ur-vile foreheads when they're loping around on all their fours, so naturally it works. Not 100% scrupulous with the placements, as it's more akin to a fantasy adaptation. Razz

Ichor is supposed to be Shoe's condensation. More or less. I remember mist of that ilk around Gullfoss and had to wipe my glasses every once in a while.

The layout was based on the AATE cover.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunningly beautiful work! The play of light upon the sword, the armor, and the characters suggest they are trying to make their way through a forested area that lets in overhead light here and there through the usually very thick growth (Salva Gilenbourne?).
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently have read AATE and I am now 3/4 through TLD, Great work!! when I was reading I was picturing the giants with your depictions,and now i know where the scenes are from in the books. Very Nice.
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Thanks!
Glad they have helped with visualizations. (Although I wish other artists would draw these femme fatales as well...)
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