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Elk Princess

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Published: December 30, 2011
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~ Completed December 28th, 2011 ~

I was inspired during a vacation to Big Bear, California to work on some writing and story-related art and this is one of the pieces, featuring a princess on a riding elk.


2.5 by 2.5 inch sketch done in graphite on toned paper. Additional refined face done in Photoshop.


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DreamspiritProfessional General Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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Have you given her a name?
Or a story?

Most of my sketches develop personalities, some of them evolve into characters that often come into their own mythologies as they declare/reveal themselves... part of my creative process is always being curious and asking who they are, why they do what they do, what motivates them, etc. If it isn't part of your process, I definitely think it is worth trying from time to time.

...I would love to know more about "her"
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GabbyVeeProfessional Digital Artist
Lovely! I've always wanted to ride some beast with antlers, but mostly a moose :D
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DreamspiritProfessional General Artist
Thanks so much! I think riding something with antlers would be awesome, as long as it was docile enough to not be apt to swing it's head around and impale you. >_>
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SammyyTHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! So incredibly detailed! Love it! :dalove:
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DreamspiritProfessional General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like the details! I tend to... go a bit overboard, even on tiny stuff. I was hoping it might make her appear more ornamental and royal. :)
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SammyyTHobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! Yeah you're right, it does :) Great job! :D
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crocodiledreamsHobbyist General Artist
No color yet eh? ;)
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DreamspiritProfessional General Artist
Hey now! I have a version with her face and some of her hair colored, but by that point I was like "....but I'm covering all of this nice linework... ;_;"
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crocodiledreamsHobbyist General Artist
pft. Figure out what technique Cameron Davis was using to preserve his linework ... and then tell me what it is, too. ;) Was more complicated than just a multiply layer.
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DreamspiritProfessional General Artist
I should have written than down. :(
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crocodiledreamsHobbyist General Artist
He didn't say. He just said "I explain it in xxxxxxx dvd You should buy it and find out!" >.> and I was like "NOOOOOOOOOO!"
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DreamspiritProfessional General Artist
D: D: D:! Do you recall the name of the DVD? I can check the library next week and see if it's there (or if I can order it >_>).
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crocodiledreamsHobbyist General Artist
I ... don't know if he said. It was Cameron Davis, though, I guess just see if you have any by him and if they look like they pertain to poking pencil drawings in photoshop.
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DreamspiritProfessional General Artist
I see two we have in right now:

1.) Character Design for Games and Animation Volume 1 Creating an Iconic Character with Cameron Davis by Gnomon Workshop

and

2.) Character Design for Games and Animation Volume 2 Designing Digitally with Cameron Davis by Gnomon Workshop


I will try to check those out once I get to them in my queue and let you know. :)

-Kymba
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JRhymeStudent Digital Artist
I love the concept!
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DreamspiritProfessional General Artist
Thanks so much! Those antlers would worry me as a rider, personally, but hopefully the elf is well-trained enough to not swing his or her head too much. ;)
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JRhymeStudent Digital Artist
:) That makes sense!

No problem!
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CarrynHobbyist Traditional Artist
I was admiring it and loving the detail. Then I read it was only 2.5 x 2.5 inches and my jaw dropped. Wow! How do you get such detail into such little space? What size of graphite do you use?
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DreamspiritProfessional General Artist
I.... tend to sketch quite small... >_> One of my good friends had a name for it, but it can certainly be a mix of blessing and curse since it definitely limits how much detail I can actually squeeze in there, but I to try to get as much as I can in there anyway. ;)

I generally use a .5 lead HB or 2B mechanical pencil. My favorite is a Pentel Graph Gear 1000 pencil since it's retractable, which makes it easy to stuff into my purse without poking through. :)
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CarrynHobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, mechanical. That was what I started with. Then I got my Prismacolor graphite pencils and they have the standard sized thicknesses. I did find some drafting lead but I don't have the pencils for them. So, I can do some detail work with them. I also have a graphite stick that has a point on it. I keep forgetting I have it to use.
I understand the throw one in your purse. I finally added a small sketch book and my pencil case to my purse so that I could sketch when I wanted to.
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RagiaWolfStudent General Artist
Awesome drawing :)
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DreamspiritProfessional General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it!
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