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Date
08/10/2012
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Illustration
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923 x 1498 px
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skull
melancholy
nobleman

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Author Comments

Another character request, tried something slightly Rembrandt-y in style and the pic's content more character-focused. This necromancer just recently lost something dear to him, but tries to keep the pose upright for the painter. Skull is his great-great-...great-gran dfather's, crest in the background that of his family.

Tried to do something fancy with a golden ratio (on eye height) to keep the requested "ye olde painter" theme, but de facto it just created another blank space at the top I had to fill with a caption, and no matter how you twist it, it's still a colored drawing, not a painting. Client liked how it reflected on the pic and his char's path of darkness, so that went better than expected.

Notes to self:
- study clothing folds and textures
- work on secondary, reflected lighting
- do better composition sketches
- try to outphase lineart during the shading to invoke faux painting
- don't use the cheap Inner Glow border and go for homebrew instead, details matter
- if you gotta hybrid cel shading and gradients, at least do it smoothly
- better font integration, opacity decrease is insufficient.