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Anachronistic Mystic
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Published: March 14, 2009
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Revisiting my steampunk Star Wars characters, this is "Steampunk Kedrihm'Val" colored.

The story is that we've got a Star Wars d20 game going, and a while back I thought it'd be fun to draw them all in steampunk style, which worked out startlingly well. We had the Jedi/heroic warrior, the high society gunslinger, the big carefree brawler, the alien wrench-wench, the mad scientist/inventor, and the "noble savage" mystic. As you see above.

I didn't really plan to color this, but lately I've been trying to broaden my grasp of color, and since it was simple, I figured this picture would be a good one to toy with. I've tried about eight different things, but I liked this one enough to finish and post it.

So, he's actually a Force user, but I figured to run with the steampunk mystic/occult motif.
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Murasaki99Student Traditional Artist
Wow, he turned out amazing! I really like how you worked the coloring, including the glow-shine and the reflections on his clothing. Really well thought-out.

I also think the 3-D rune circle is totally amazing!! Is that a PS special-effect? I've got Paint Shop Pro and the GIMP and I still don't know 3/4s of what these tools can do.

Oh yes, and I adore his Victorian-type clothing!! :love: Can I take him home? :giggle:
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He's mine, I say, MINE!

Well, alright, I suppose I can share him, since you asked nicely. :D

How I achieved the circle:

The runes are actually a brush I picked up at Obsidian Dawn ([link])--one which was utterly fortuitous because I already knew what the runes on his face looked like, and the runes in that brush set match them!

I drew the circle with the circle tool, put the runs in around it, and then used layer styles to give it the glow (you could also do that by copying the layer, putting the copy beneath the original, and then using a blur filter on the copy). After that I scaled the whole thing to squish it into the proper perspective.

Then I copied the layer twice. On the first copy, I did a motion blur filter, and the second copy I simply moved and made partially transparent to get the echo/reflection effect.
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NibbleKatHobbyist Traditional Artist
He has a bolo tie! Yay!

Awesome, AWESOME lighting and colors. Very impressive.
Bluesrat's avatar
Thank you! I've discovered I'm an absolute sucker for copper color schemes.
Madartiste's avatar
He looks great! The colors are terrific.
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Whee! I love the copper color scheme. I'd use it all the time if I didn't feel guilty about the lack of variety.
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Awesome! I really love the way you've managed to create the "floating".

Also, did I ever mention that I have a weakness for fluorescent-looking tattoos/markings? No? Well, now you know! XD
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Funny you should mention it, because so do I! I don't indulge too often because...well, mostly because I don't find myself drawing a lot of people with tattoos. But they're cool, and even cooler when they glow. :)
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JagashHobbyist Digital Artist
How did you make the runes/symbols? That glowing circle looks awesome.
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The runes are actually a brush I picked up here ([link])--one which was utterly fortuitous because I already knew what the runes on his face looked like, and the runes in that brush set match them!

I drew the circle with the circle tool, put the runs in around it, and then used layer styles to give it the glow (you could also do that by copying the layer, putting the copy beneath the original, and then using a blur filter on the copy). After that I scaled the whole thing to squish it into the proper perspective.

Then I copied the layer twice. On the first copy, I did a motion blur filter, and the second copy I simply moved and made partially transparent to get the echo/reflection effect.
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JagashHobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, I will actually be dropping some money and buying some brushes as commercial licenses as I can't identify/credit the origins of the individual brushes I use on every piece.
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You can always create your own.
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JagashHobbyist Digital Artist
True, but they are so shiny.
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