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The curious look

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The Jester, one of my regular characters, looks at us.

A test of light. I wanted to avoid solid blacks and I also set out to use Krita's sketchbrush for as much of the work as I could get away with (so no smoothing).

Krita, some 6 hours. Used some reference to get the position of the head and the planes of the face right.
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KarimT's avatar
Excellent! I really like the warm glow in the highlights. Really great piece
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Thanks, glad you think so!
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MadAlien71's avatar
I love your works and this one is no exception, I especially like the lively eyes, the expression and the lighting.
A slight nitpick is the anatomy of the neck.
Perhaps a tiny dash of black or saturated colors could help the image and the contrasts, but that's my personal taste.

Otherwise, great work!
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Overall I was aiming for a less saturated style here, deliberately avoiding solid blacks as much as I could. I usually work in a nearly chiaroscuro style with lots of saturated blacks so it's good practice for me to try something less contrasted sometimes. The point is well taken though. :)

As far as I can tell there is nothing strange with the anatomy of the neck, care to elaborate on what you don't like about its anatomy?
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VGiselleH's avatar
It looks really good, she seems very alive (as in she looks caught in motion) in this image. She also looks like she took a selfie, lol, welcome to the modern world, Jester girl! ^_^
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Heh, you are right, when you mention it, she could very well have been taking a selfie. :D
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Maleiva's avatar


Really cool, love it 

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Glad you like it! :D
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Sproutbird's avatar
Very nice, I love the colors you used for this piece. Beautiful work! :3
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This was a bit of a color experiment so I'm glad it seems to work. :)
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Schokopir's avatar
Oh wow, this is amazing!
Your drawing-style is very beautiful and in a way also very Special.
I love the sweet Expression on her face and the colours you Chose.
They're perfectly Fitting each other and are creating a mystic and fanciful atmosphere.

very well done, you did a very good Job.
I love it!
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Thanks a lot for the encouraging words! I enjoy drawing this character and experiment back and forth with various colors and lighting, I'm glad to hear it seems to have worked out for this image. Thanks again. :D
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Thanks!
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Soulfoxii's avatar
Lovely work (:
Exellent view and lightning (:
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Glad to hear you think so. :)
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98laurat's avatar
I really enjoy the light in this, it's quite unusual for a portrait, well done :D
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It was fun to toy with some different lighting, yes.
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Deevad's avatar
oh, nice and original shading for a portrait.
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Thanks, Deevad. It was fun to experiment with some different lighting for this; I'm glad it seems to be appreciated by people seeing it. :)
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Dying-Hopes's avatar
Nice! The light source is very interesting, and I think you did a great job reflecting it on her face. Her eyes are plain gorgeous! I'd say that's a very successful experiment up there! :D Well done!
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Thanks! It's fun but tricky to make a portrait lit from below without making it look too weird. Glad you like it! :D
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xGreatCthulhux's avatar
You are really addicted to this charakter, aren't you?

Anyway, nice job as usual ;)
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The Jester is fun to draw sure, but there is also a reason I re-paint existing characters of mine. The focus here was to experiment with not using solid blacks and light coming from another position than I'm used to; making an existing character still recognizable with slightly different styles is good training in itself. ;)
Thanks for the comment!
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