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Completely innocent

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... Of course she's completely innocent! Could anyone ever doubt that smile?

Trying out a little trickier perspective. The Jester can be found elsewhere in my gallery too, she's a rewarding subject to draw, mostly because she makes me smile too. ;) And yes, she's really short. And with one heck of a grin.

Other images of the jester (in this style):


MyPaint + GIMP in equal measures.

Comments and critique welcome as usual!
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Songwind's avatar
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Your Jester pictures just get better all the time.

One thing that I like about your Jester pics is their candid feeling. It's something you don't see a lot of in fantasy art. Reminds one that life isn't all daring do and feats of skill. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

I think your use of light in this image is really solid. The highlights and shadows are very consistent, and you've done a great job creating the 3d contour of her face in particular.

Her eyes and smile are both extremely realistic.

The flagstones below are also nicely done. Good use of soft lines and cool color to imply receding into the background.

I mentioned in the comments that I thought she was supposed to be emerging from the floor as if by magic. I think I have figured out a couple of reasons why I got that impression. 1) Shadow. Her shadow lines up more or less exactly with her bust, just as it would if she were coming out of the floor. I think that it would probably taper a bit more relative to her shoulders and chest as it went down to her feet beneath. 2) arms. Her arms seem to disappear rather suddenly. Once I "fixed" my perception I figured that she is probably standing with her hands behind her back, which would make her shoulders just right. But in conjunction with the other visual clues, it thew me off.

An excellent job, sir!
Griatch-art's avatar
Thanks for this thoughtful feedback, Songwind!

You have a very valid point with the shadow, now that you mention it. I agree with you that making it less "connected" along the full width of her would help to put it further "away" from us. I'll do that, hopefully the arms will then also be more immediately identifiable as being behind her back.

I have often come to appreciate the somewhat less "epic"-style characters in a story. Despite most fantasy taking place in a fantastic setting and against a backdrop of epic drama, not everyone can be the hero all the time, right? Also the normal, small people must be found there too. The Jester is an interesting non-combattant character in this sense (although she's maybe not very "normal" either).
Whereas I've not considered your term "candid" before, I think it does apply nicely to the scenes this little series of jester images try to convey.

Thanks again!
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ToddNTheShiningSword's avatar
I wanted to Comment on this one, but it's 99 years old so you don't want it, lol...
I can comment on the page I faved then, heh.
Griatch-art's avatar
Not sure I follow what you mean? 99 years old? Commenting on older artwork is fine!
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ToddNTheShiningSword's avatar
Well obviously it's not 99 years old, but a lot of people don't care for comments on their older art! :XD:
:jester:The main thing I was going to say was how this looks like a continuation of the picture where she was being rained on- before I saw the description- or that piece where she's laying in the rain puddle. :jester:

So it's like this one picture says, without even having the image links almost- like this is something in a series. Like, your're so good with color, she doesn't even look that wet, and there are no puddles to make it obvious, but it looks like it was just raining maybe 5-10 minutes ago and she got caught in it.

Stuff like the wet look here and the frost on that giant giving a Christmas present and stuff like that... you have amazing cool touches in your paintings that add extra story and feel to them. :snowflake:
Griatch-art's avatar
This image is sort-of stand-alone from the "No frowns in misery" series of images, but you are right that they all have a subtle theme of rain or environmental effects about them! I enjoy trying to instill hints of a story in images, so I'm happy to hear this comes across. :) The frost of the giant on the 2010 Christmas card is one of those things that came to be when thinking about how damn windy it must be to walk across a vast plane while bing that tall. ;)

Thanks a lot for the nice comment!
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ToddNTheShiningSword's avatar
I like it when things like that come across too, whether in my art, or in other people's. It's nice when works have more to them than just what shows on the surface... I mean when there's something behind them and that something shows.
And I like it when people stop and think about details like that too. Stuff like that can only make art come even further away from cliches than it may already be, and always move toward being so much better. Details like that frost sure make pics better and more complete feeling... like it really is a real place, full of all the richness a real place has, rather than the sterility a drawing can easily have.

And you're welcome. I'm glad I was able to leave nice ones after the helpful stuff you left me. At first I thought it would be hard, but then it wasn't! :D
Griatch-art's avatar
Hinting at a larger story and world is a fun aspect of making fantasy art that I personally find very important. Small details does matter for that and even if the large majority of the audience will not always pick up on it, there are always a few that does.

Giving good comments a skill and you have it. :D
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ToddNTheShiningSword's avatar
Plus, sometimes the audience doesn't consciously pick up on it, but they still feel it, because important details behind the picture show in the picture, so they might see it through the qualities of something else!
I think that kind of stuff is especially important in fantasy! There should be a whole world back there! :diny:

Hehe and thanks. I guess not everyone can give good Comments... ^^; :bow: :XD:
But you have it too, so :highfive:
VGiselleH's avatar
The Jester just looks more and more like an actual person, and the face is always similar, looking almost the same, like she really is a person that just keeps coming back for a picture. Do you use references for her?
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One of the reasons for me coming back to the same characters over and over does indeed have to do with the fact that it's good training to try to make characters recognizable. It's a lot harder (to me) than coming up with a new character from scratch (in the latter case noone knows how they are supposed to look after all). It's great to hear that she remains recognizable (the outfit helps in this regard of course, I wonder how recognizable she would be if the same face was in a "civilian" outfit?).
 
I have a few references I look at for various facial expressions. Mostly I refer back to previous Jester-images though, to make sure things are not too much off from before.
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VGiselleH's avatar
I really did mean the way her actual face looks, though of course her outfit helps to identify her at a quick glance as well ^_^
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That is awesome to hear! :)
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Imveriam's avatar
This work would be published!
Thank you so much again =)
EonOrteaShadowmaster's avatar
Something tells me there's incoming trouble...
Griatch-art's avatar
Indeed! :D
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Technohippy's avatar
great picture, full of character

:yoda:
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wow great picture, full of character
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Thanks, she's a funny character to make so I'm glad some of the shows through. :D
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ikkiz's avatar
figure casts a shadow on the floor, which now goes exactly to the left. (Right according to the figure)

So it seems to me that her left cheek can not have such a strong shadow.

Blink in her eyes, and lighting his face suggests that the lamp is on the left but a bit on the front, rather than parallel, so a shadow is cast on the floor in the wrong direction.

let's look again at the blink. It looks like a reflection of a point source light and shadows are very fuzzy. Ambient occlusion is a bit too strong (the contrast between the lit surfaces and shadows in the corners).

I can see such details, because I'm learning blender. Although there are shadows computed automatically, it is difficult to achieve the planned effect without the impression of artificiality. For this I carefully look at the shadows.
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@ikkiz

Those are valid points, although I do note that you assume as single light source in your analysis which need not necessarily be true since this is clearly an artificially lit scene and not one lit by e.g. sunlight. You are also fully correct that the reflection in the eye is exaggerated compared to the smooth edges of the shadows, this is more a matter of my artistic lease than an attempt at realism; to make her eyes stand out more and be more lively for this particular character. I agree that it is technically wrong though.
Thanks for the feedback! I'll take some more heed especially of the ambient occlusion issue in the future. :)
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ikkiz's avatar
good painting!
intresting perspective, but light... not very convincing
Griatch-art's avatar
Thanks for your comment! I'd be happy to hear more details about what you feel is bad about the light. :)
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