Weep, weep, O Walsingham! Whose days are nights; Blessings turn'd to blasphemies Holy deeds to despites. Sin is where Our Lady sat; Heaven is turned to Hell! Satan sits where Our Lord did sway; Walsingham! O farewell!
(This is a 16th century poem I found in Carolly Erickson's biography "Bloody Mary". Walsingham is an English pilgrimage site that was destroyed during the Reformation. The poem reflects the feelings of the Catholic people of that time, and perhaps also what Mary thought.)
Miladies and gentlemen, I present you "Bloody Mary"! My 7th portrait in my series of Tudor Queens.
Born in 1516 as daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, Mary Tudor was raised to become Queen of England, just in case. Henry's male heirs indeed were short-lived, and his son Edward, after having ruled as Protestant king, died aged fifteen in 1553. Now it was Mary's turn and she became Queen the same year, at the age of 37. She was a devout Catholic and believed it was her mission to restore England to Catholicism. Which of course was pretty much impossible - one can't stop history once it has started. Until her death in 1558, about 280 Protestant "heretics" were condemned to death. (Source: Wikipedia)
There are several portraits of Mary dating from her time, of which the best known probably are these: [link] - painted by Master John in 1544 [link] - painted by Antonio Moro in 1555 As you can see I chose to paint her wearing the dress from the earlier painting when she wasn't Queen yet, simply because I like it more I'm still wondering about her eyebrows or lack thereof. Was there a fashion of plucking them out, or did Mary have some nutritional deficiency?
Like some symbolism with that painting? Here goes: The statuette of the Virgin Mary in the background is her name patron, obviously, and the blood red color of the tapestry also was a conscious choice.
Tool: Photoshop 7 & Wacom tablet. Statue referenced from a work by Tilman Riemenschneider. Carpet and wooden panels from cgtextures.com .
Another figure painting from Angel Academy, done from life. In the class of "Maestro", we use a different style/method pretty much everytime time, and I love it.
Size is about 110x60 cm. Took several days to paint. I used Winsor&Newton oil paints, and some by Old Holland.
I can't believe it! Just came back home from Italy to my parents' place in Germany, and there is my mom baking cookies! Berliner Brot, something between a biscotti and a brownie, and they're quite good. Even more so because she rarely ever bakes. Ah, the wonderful Christmastime!
First off, lemme chime in, along with everyone else and their mom, that the new Tomb Raider is an amazing work of art. You can clearly tell that Crystal Dynamics poured their heart and soul into this labor of love. It's been a while since I've played something this good; if you haven't played it yet, go play it now!
So yeah, this has been one long-ass month of staying up til 2~4am most nights to work on this after I get out of work. I lost track of how many hours it took, but my slow ass took over 100 hours to work and rework the pose, angle, background, lighting, and details and I still feel like I could keep working on this for another week or more. In the end though, I'm really happy with the result; definitely one of my best works and hopefully a worthy homage to the awesomeness of the new Lara.
I tried to make the literal theme of ascension cool-looking (Lara fearlessly rock climbing in a beautiful/dangerous environment) while keeping the figurative theme of ascension subtle (Lara's struggle through Hell to reach salvation above) so that it wouldn't come off hammy. I also wanted to prominently feature the storm in the background because it played such an important role in the story, as well as to add an overall sense of impending doom/urgency to the image.
Oh, and btw, the climbing axe: most awesome piece of equipment ever.
So this is my entry for the nvidia contest. I worked on this right up to the last minute... literally. =_= Ran out of time, but I managed to get 'er lookin' alright.
This is my first attempt at a "hardcore" pixel drawing. I've done a few simple ones before, but nothing as time-consuming and detailed as this; it just about killed me! Don't know how pro pixel artists do it!
Speaking of which, I apologize to all you pixel artists who see all the millions of mistakes and broken pixels in this. I really wanted to refine it a LOT more, but time just ran out. *sigh* Ah well, hope you kids dig.
Photoshop 30+ Hours
What Does nVidia Say to You?
Looking at the nVidia "Claw" logo, one sees, well a logo. The logo itself says quite a bit. With it's curved lines and sharp corners, it carries with it several overtones including modernity, a feeling of aggressiveness, and a sense of technological advancement-- characteristics appropriate for a company that specializes in high-end graphic processing units.
However, the nVidia "claw" is a logo because that is the context in which one chooses to perceive it. One could choose to see the logo as an actual claw (hence its name) such as that of a robot or some mechanical alien hand. Or one could even take it a step further and interpret the "claw" as something entirely different, such as... oh, say a zen shrine, which brings me to my pixel drawing.
Browsing the nVidia galleries, I noticed many people interpreting the nVvidia "claw" logo as literally a logo and that's it. Now don't get me wrong, the logo's pretty sweet and all, but if you only listen to one thing it says, well you'll be missing out on quite a bit.
For this particular drawing, I wanted to incorporate the logo in a way that made the image unique to nVidia. I didn't want to make a random drawing that could be used or applied to anything else and then just slap the logo on there almost as an afterthought.
Also, I wanted to see how many different ways I could interpret the nVidia "claw." In my drawing I managed to make the "claw" logo say the following:
1. "Ooohhhmmm. I'm a zen-like structure built into a mountain!" 2. "I'm a rune-like carving on a plaque! Hexes not included!" 3. "Shhhh! I'm a ninja-like shadow on the side of a mountain!" 4. "Gimme your money! I'm a fountain!" 5. "I rock so hard, I'm a rock carving/formation!" 6. "I'm grass! Don't smoke me!" 7. "Surf's up, Bra! I'm waves on water!" <strike>8. "Zomg, I'm high! I'm clouds!"</strike> <strike>9. "I'm a sexy babe! Look at my huge... logo!"</strike>
[Bleh! 8 and 9 are supposed to be striked out! ]
Aw man, ran outta time to make 'em all. Oh well, Seven of Nine ain't bad-- actually, she's pretty hot, but that's beside the point.
Anyway, as you can see, the "claw" logo is a pretty cool guy. eh can say a whole lot more than what one initially hears and doesn't afraid of anything.* If you listen hard enough, you can hear it tell countless tales including one of a wondrous mystical world where islands float and water falls reeeally slowly.
Made time to create this in between work. I actually had a bunch of sketches which I chose this one from. Wish I could paint up another one but time is ultra short! There are so many awesome entries already! Just entering for fun really... Good luck y'all!
Well, here is my entry... I want to do another one but time is really short :/ My personal deadline is 4th October, can't work on anything after that. Wanted to do thumb No 6 (this is No 16 btw, I reversed front and back of the ship in the end)
Is a Beast born evil as it has claws to kill since it's first breath? Is a Butterfly born good just because it's not meant to hurt?
A mother that steals to feed her chidren is good or bad? A doctor that kills hundreds to cure millions is good or bad?
Will you believe that Shadow is evil and Light is good just because someone said it thousand years ago?
Embrace both. It's just a matter of choice. Good and Evil is just an Illusion.
Truth lives on those who don't Judge.
That's my entry to "Wacom Bring Your Vision to Life" contest. Finally done, it took me a while to finish it, I'm a little bit tired! But the result looks fine, I guess I tried to go higher than previous works.
Pencils and Colors by Me. Worktime: Pencils: About 8 hours Colors: About 50 hours
Original size: 48x39 cm
I got a nice motivation! Mother's got 3 sick teeth that hurt so much that she can't chew. Funds will be used to fix it! (That's true!)
So, Favourite+ it!! Thank you folks!!
Maybe I'll submit another Image with the details later, There's a lot that can't be fully seen.
Well, here's my first shot about this contest, a Warrior Girl! Took me a while to do it, and the results are not optimal yet, very complicated stage of my life, I'm unable to create properly... I'm basically struggling for stability...
Lines and Colors by me:
Edit: I was re-reading the rulez, and found out that watermarks, signatures and logos were not allowed, so I had to review it.
As a bonus, a higher quality image! Enjoy!
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That's my entry, finally over. I tried to put the best I can do at the moment. Over 9000 hours of work, I dropped all other works to try this shot, the perfect opportunity to self challenge and self improvement.
Very impressive entries, one of the hardest contests I ever seen on DA. People really love creatures.