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The Headless Horseman

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Published: August 22, 2008
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I've been working on this off and on for close to a year now, since my sister ran an Iron Kingdoms story last Halloween featuring he Headless Horseman, Iron Kingdoms style!

The story was awesome, a detective tale of black magic and corruption that included scenes so evocative that I just *had* to do a picture of the horseman coalescing/galloping out of the mist...and since I'd been wanting to break out the evil green glowing for quite some time anyway, this seemed like the perfect excuse!

(That's how you know things are getting *really* bad in Iron Kingdoms. Any random horror can be rotting, black, or gore-covered, but only the high-class bad news comes in Cryxian green.)

Aside from the truly gratuitous amounts of evil green, this picture marks something of a milestone. It's the first picture I've ever done that's a true digital painting, rather than the color-in-the-lineart sort of thing that I usually do.

And the Headless Horseman is going to be on a calendar! He's the October submission for this year's Madmousemedia ([link]) art calendar project. I contributed an illustration last year and got some free calendars for it, so I can tell you they're good quality. She only charges the fee for their production, which is around $15. If you're so inclined, they're a great chance to pick up prints from several good artists at once!
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DreadedOne131's avatar
"Clippty Clip and a Clippty Clop, he's lookin' fer a head to chop!" :P
Noneofakind's avatar
NoneofakindStudent Photographer
badass
ladyarah's avatar
ladyarahHobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I put this in an art feature in my group :iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: , in the article "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 46 - Dullahan" You can find it here: [link]
Bluesrat's avatar
Hi! Thank you so much! That's really fantastic of you.

I got distracted for a while and missed the request to add this to your gallery. It unfortunately had expired before I could respond to it (do they do that faster than they used to? It hasn't even been a month!). If you would still like to add it, I'd be happy to authorize! If it's a hassle, then no worries. :) I very much appreciate the attention, not to mention the link to so much absolutely gorgeous art!
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ladyarahHobbyist General Artist
My pleasure!! And no worries, I just sent another request for it. I'm REALLY upset that they changed the window to submit (I know it wasn't that short before, I would have submissions from later than that). There's nothing in the group settings that will tell me if someone rejects the offer versus it timing out, so I can't just go back and re-submit for them. Oh, well.

I'm sending a member request too, in case you'd like to join ^_^
DarthWill3's avatar
DarthWill3Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very awesome!
jigsaw3d's avatar
i love that color =D
Tsiki10's avatar
Tsiki10Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cooool. :D
Bluesrat's avatar
Awwww, thank you!
Tsiki10's avatar
Tsiki10Hobbyist General Artist
Np, ^^
parkins73's avatar
parkins73Hobbyist Photographer
I have to say this is one of the absolute best renderings I have ever seen. :thumbsup:
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parkins73Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome! ♥
parkins73's avatar
parkins73Hobbyist Photographer
I have to say this is one of the absolute best renderings I have ever seen. :thumbsup:
Madartiste's avatar
You know, he looks almost exactly as I imagined him. I'm glad you guys liked him so much -- since you've not seen the last of him! Bwah hah hah! :D
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EarthboundSatyrProfessional Digital Artist
I llike it, especially your choice of color pallet. :)
Bluesrat's avatar
Thanks! After I posted it, I was like, "Gee, is that *too much* evil green?" But you have to commit, you know? XD
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EarthboundSatyrProfessional Digital Artist
:D
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CelticWolfwalkerHobbyist General Artist
Very cool piece! Even if it did take a year to do, sometimes those turn out the best. Yes, the evil green is the best for super evil stuff.
tearra's avatar
WOW! .... WOW! How did you do that? How'd you get those effects!? Wow! That is so awesome!
Bluesrat's avatar
Thank you!

Actually, it was surprisingly easy and low-tech. It's the work of a bright apple-green fuzzy-edged brush on low to medium opacity. To get the spooky translucent glow, you go over interiors once and edges repeatedly--the brighter edges make the interiors look translucent by comparison. Also only paint the stuff you want to stand out. Shadows should stay dark, and areas of low light intensity should stay dark, too, to get a look like it's emerging from darkness--such as on the horse's back legs and torso.

I admit I cheated on the weird effect on his sword. That was the Liquify filter. :D
tearra's avatar
I actually understood most of that. Cool.

*looks closely at picture* Hey, I see what you mean. That's pretty neat. I'll have to keep that in mind if I ever need to try something like that, though my coloring's still pretty basic.
Jagash's avatar
JagashHobbyist Digital Artist
Gratz, it looks good. Question though, is the light source the grey at about the top left?
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