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The Soldier

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Another RPG picture. This time a tired old soldier. Made over a couple of days in Photoshop.
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ChronoGandit's avatar
One of the best 18th century finds I came across during a grand search sweep. Great work!
PsykoHilly's avatar
:onfire: ... excellent work!
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PsykoHilly's avatar
It's been a pleasure Tina, you're most welcome! :salute:
Sakraida82's avatar
Nice picture. His eye has issue.
Asynja's avatar
Thank you! And a cataract might indeed be called an issue I guess. =)
Sakraida82's avatar
Yes that would be an issue
zulumike's avatar
What is your process ? Did you start with a pencil sketch, what references did you use for the model. Your work has inspired me to try a pirate project.

This has such character and overall a great illustration.
Asynja's avatar
Thank you! =)

This was a rather simple image to make. I think I used six main reference images for it, one for the pose, one for the face, one for the hat, one for the sky, one for the cannon and one for the musket.

I never use pencil sketches. My fingers, and the joints in the rest of my body for that matter, doesn't like the extra work it would mean.

I usually sit down and think for a few minutes, and sometimes up to a whole day, to "sketch" the objects and composition in my mind.

Next step is to try and find as many different references as possible for the things in the picture. I often use many references for a single person/object, and I'm often using photos of me or my boyfriend, stock photos, historical paintings, poses from free web services and similar. Some of the reference images are used to create a mock-up (in reality a very rough photomanip), while the rest are kept as extra reference material.

Then I paint a first sketch based on the mock-up. "Borrowed" faces are always changed or distorted in some way or another and colours are often changed to fit the image in my mind - when compared to the mock-up. This is usually as detailed as possible to make the next steps as easy as possible. That sketch is then touched up, shadows are painted and extra details are added. The details are often painted without references while the extra reference images are used for the rest of the details. Lights and shadows are almost never based on references, and are instead based on the lightsources placed in the painting and added freely by hand. Depending on the painting I may consider it finished at this point.

I usually add one last step though, going over the image one more time to fix mistakes and add more details. Extra lightsources, lights and contrast are added or adjusted.

All in all I usually paint an image in about 10 to 80 hours this way. I'm slightly handicapped though, and most people would probably be able to paint the same image in about half the time.
zulumike's avatar
Thank you so much for your feedback. I learned a lot today. Appreciated Greatly.

Cheers, Mike
Asynja's avatar
Glad I could help. =)
zulumike's avatar
Beautiful Work. I am glad to have found your artwork. Wonderful.
Asynja's avatar
Thank you! Nice to hear. =)
999demons's avatar
Well done. Does unfortunately look exactly like an old drug addict in my neighbourhood in Gothenburg though.
Asynja's avatar
Hihi, didn't expect that. Almost makes me want to go look him up. =)
StephanieRosario's avatar
amazing! :wow: I thought it was a photo at first!
Asynja's avatar
Thank you! It is sort of a rough painting though. =)
StephanieRosario's avatar
you're welcome :heart:
Wow for a rough painting it's very impressive! Looks so real!
KomyFly's avatar
Its a awesome ol Soldier-thump up for your Art
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