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Wood Elf

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Another elf that I started in Painter 11 (but had to finish in Painter 8). Wood elf. Very kickass sort of elf.

Used a soft finish for this once I dumped some color onto the grey scale finish. IT's very rough... but partly because I like rough. I may have to tighten it up or loosen up the other elves pictures should I want to put them all back together in a collage of some sort...

blah. Anyways, hopefully will have time to do some more painting, although pathetically, not doing any painting for Anime Expos xD. I'm feeling absurdly unmotivated to touch fanart. wooo.
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SpacerosesStudent Traditional Artist
I love the colors you chose. I also love the corset over her dress, that's a really interesting touch. Great job!
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FairytwisterHobbyist General Artist
Yeah - I just got tired of the green green green, so thought it would look interesting this way.
Angiechan13's avatar
Of the three you've done thus far, I like this one the most. She looks quite dynamic thanks to the coloring you've used. ^_^
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FairytwisterHobbyist General Artist
I also think the pose is the most interesting...
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MalchitosHobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this elf a lot. I think it's the bold lighting highlights. I'm always a sucker for those when they work.
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ImthenatsHobbyist Photographer
Sexeh elf too. Great expression. Nic3 work. :)
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FairytwisterHobbyist General Artist
thank you :)
IsisConstantine's avatar
she looks awesome! :)
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FairytwisterHobbyist General Artist
;)
HCWalsh's avatar
cool~ I really like how you do the eyes~! the movement is also quite good~:) the colors work so well~~~:D
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FairytwisterHobbyist General Artist
I love eyes soooo much...
HCWalsh's avatar
<3 your eyes are always nice~
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FairytwisterHobbyist General Artist
ah thank you!
doopawoopa's avatar
Is it bad to say that I thought she was Link at first?

*shot*
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FairytwisterHobbyist General Artist
nah :) She's wearing a generic green costume! It's either link or the jolly green giant!
doopawoopa's avatar
Or maybe both :V

*imagines Link as a jolly green giant*
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FairytwisterHobbyist General Artist
bohahaha. That would be awesome xD
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Jonboy2312Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! Gotta love elves ^^

A little bit of critique, though, hope you don't mind.

That bow... it just wouldn't work! The amount of force it takes to pull it requires that you hold it dead in the middle... otherwise you'd just have a tremendous force twisting your wrist. And resting the arrow at a slot that's not dead center (basically, right on top of your hand) means that it will only be launched at a fraction of the possible force and somewhere off to the side, with zero accuracy or predictability... we're talking the tumbling in the air and falling right at your feet kind of accuracy...

Just a little hint from a Viking re-enacter who shot some of those babies ;)

I'm sure it's a very easy fix for you ^^
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FairytwisterHobbyist General Artist
If you have actual refs, I'd like to see them, although the desire with this image wasn't really to be dead-on accurate.
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Jonboy2312Hobbyist General Artist
Let's see... The clearest shot I have would be this one [link] , of a friend practicing.

The idea is both your grip and the arrow must be aligned with the vector of force (in other words - dead in the middle), otherwise the bow just won't work. If your hand was off-center, the pull force would twist it painfully. If the arrow was off-center, the force vector wouldn't run along the shaft, but diagonally, so instead of being launched the arrow would just tumble chaotically and fall, probably right at your feet. And if the arrow and the hand are that far apart, one of them has gotta be off-center.

So in your drawing, the arrow should rest lower... that's pretty much it :)

I understand accuracy wasn't your main goal, but this detail kinda detracts from the image... it's like "whoa, that's not right" and the person then focuses on that rather than the lovely character behind the bow. And you don't want such a little detail to distract viewers from your otherwise awesome piece, right? ;)
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FairytwisterHobbyist General Artist
Cool thanks. I do have another geeky question. When people begin to draw the bow, do they still do it somewhat straight or do some of them (as they move the bow) start from "off center" and then lock it into the right place (assuming their bow isn't notched or ridged in someway) ?

And don't worry about pointing this stuff out. It's very hard for me to translate what's written into a visual image ... I think if Isee stuff I get it a bit better.
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Jonboy2312Hobbyist General Artist
Well, the hand that holds the bow always stays in the very center. This one doesn't move anywhere. The arrow is held by the other hand (the drawing hand) and thus the tail of the arrow remains in the center of the string at all times. The front of the arrow can wobble around a bit, or be above the holding hand for a brief moment, but then it's dropped onto the holding hand anyway... Ideally, it should stay resting on top of the holding hand at all times, anyway. There should be a little notch there to rest it anyway, so that you don't hurt your hand :)
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FairytwisterHobbyist General Artist
Ahhhh. THat makes sense to me the way you've explained it. I get it. The hands always are anchored, even if the tip moves around a bit ... thanks!
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