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The Price of Victory

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    The Price of Victory - when does it become too high?  Ranger Captain Hawkwind has fought for centuries -  slain trolls, orcs, undead, humans and countless more. The burden on the mind, heart and soul is growing heavier with every life taken. 

    Is redemption waiting somewhere ahead, or are we bound to be burrowed under the pile of the skulls of those we have slain? Have all those deaths, the waste of life, been justified? Could they have been avoided in one way or another? 

    Hawkwind keeps asking these questions more and more frequently these days, but no answers seems to be coming - nor from the silent trees in the elven forests nor from the bright sky above. The ranger is left alone with this burden, left alone with the skulls of fallen enemies, and all those who died under the troubled captain’s command. 

    The Price of Victory is one of my dream inspired pieces, that just tend to come to me once in a while and fill me with an odd form of inspiration. The actual character of Ranger Captain Hawkwind plays a minor role and is a member of the House Sharpleaf, an elven faction that has allied itself with The Brigade in the past.  I have approached this piece in a bit of a different way - it practically painted itself thanks to the strong vision I had in my mind and drove me to finish it. I hope you enjoy the piece, despite its rather dark message.

    Ranger Captain Hawkwind has no interest in the summer events. Some other Sharpleaf rangers might be willing to take part an donate, but it is unlikely their leader will take part. There are no Golden Key, Silver Key, Arcanite Key or Obsidian Key here. 
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Passin's avatar
This has a really great, gothic atmosphere. Nice work
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad that you like it :)
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Sakura-of-ZendikarHobbyist General Artist
He looks incredible. ^^
The way you did the end of his robe reminds me of tree roots.
The colors work perfectly and fit his description too. 
His description is really good,  by the way.
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad that you like the piece despite its darker mood.
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Sakura-of-ZendikarHobbyist General Artist
Your welcome. ^_^
It's a amazing picture. You did a incredible job capturing the mood too.
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Gaston3-italiaHobbyist General Artist
Great! ;)
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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NymeriiStudent Digital Artist
Nice, very dark just how I like it :D His face shows a lot of emotion, and I really like the composition and that its in greyscale <3
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! Limiting the colors here felt like the right way to go :)
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TomskayaHobbyist General Artist
Fantastic and so gorgeous, so incredibly skilled with the blur and sharpen effects. 
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it :)
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MarthaLaufejProfessional Digital Artist
beautiful!
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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anasofiajcHobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic!!
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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anasofiajcHobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ☺
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Aya-Lunar Traditional Artist
Loving that pose, the skulls, the monotome works well here, the upwards glancing, the heaps of light on the characters face and top, those trees, the emotion and the feeling in this, looks very good! I love it :nod:
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you Aya! I'm happy that you like it. I thought you might appreciate this kind of
imagery ;)
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DulciaRelictaStudent General Artist
I love the canvas texture. And the look on his face. And that the knives are pure black, making them stand out, but in a subtle way so that its doesn't distract from the face. And I love how you use values to draw my eyes to the face. 
Only his hands seem a bit too big. And you could work on the cloth because it looks quite stiff.
Still, that face looks so good. I could stare at it for hours.
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm really happy that you like the piece. I'll be sure to take a look
at the cloth and hands when I have a moment to revisit the piece ;).
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detail, light, shadows, texture, and color choice overall the composition is perfect
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm really happy that you like it. I find it curious that my dream inspired pieces
rarely have issues with composition. I think I'm better at arting when asleep ;)
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Dreams often inspire us. But this dream would have had me afraid to go back to sleep
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
I have a slight advantage here, i have practiced lucid dreaming when I was younger, and till this day I can recall
all my dreams vividly. It helps greatly when using dream inspired imagery to create art.
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