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Lord of the Mountain by Kaytara Lord of the Mountain by Kaytara
Random elf: "I want some gloves..."
Me: "You can't have gloves, the only skin in the picture would be your face and I can't have that."
Random elf: "Can't I hug my cloak around myself instead of letting it flutter around like that?"
Me: "No you can't. Stop whining."
Random elf: "I'm cold...."
Me: "Pull yourself together, only another hour or so!"

Hey, maybe that's why he's looking so moody. XD Poor elf.

I was just reading a tutorial I stumbled upon, and as soon as I saw the sketch there, I immediately had this picture in mind... So yeah, you can say the pose is shamelessly ripped from that tutorial. ^^'

That's exactly the thing that suggested that maybe I should use references more often...

EDIT: I've tweaked the background a bit. The shadows are a bit more interesting now and (hopefully) suit the elf better.

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weepingelf Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
:rofl: ...ahem. Poor elf. But he does look cool!
IcarianShadow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Aww... I kind of liked the old background... It seemed to go with the sky better... Oh well. If you like it more, that's all that matters!
Van-Syl-Production Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's funny :D
Bloom-Enchantress Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
amazing work!
winterelf86 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:drool: sorry....I can't help it...the angst is so hot :XD:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my... This seems a common syndrome. O.O
Lathellen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
His moodiness makes him hot lol
Kaytara Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're not the only who thinks so, apparently. XD
kaaper Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
he is gorgeous O_O
MarilynJay Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehehe... I love the conversation on your artist's notes. XD Also, the whole piece is highly detailed... beautiful work. :)
harumeau Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
That's amazing. :+fav: :D
Kaytara Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have a marvelous picture here! Well done! Everything about it is quite wonderful. *turns to the elf in the picture* And one thing you need to learn my dear elf, is that cloaks fluttering in the wind look much cooler and heroic than having it wrapped around oneself. Because that doesn't look particularly heroic. Because anyone would do that! :D I'll have to check out the picture of in front of a fire too. Ooooo, chocolate! Can I join? I LOVE chocolate! (Then again, who doesn't? :D ) Namarie and God Bless!
Kaytara Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, thanks. :) That's right, elf, listen to the nice commenter. :)
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol :D
Empty-Paper Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
Aww, that poor freezing elf... Maybe if he wasn't that skinny, he'd be less cold.
I really like the cold atmosphere of the picture, and the elf's outfit is just amazing. My only critique is that between the cloak and the elf's back you can see a piece of mountain without the snowy texture covering it.
Kaytara Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment, and yes, you're right about the mountain. ^^

Don't worry about the elf, though - I have another picture featuring him in front of a fire with a mug of hot chocolate in his hand. ^^
Empty-Paper Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
You're welcome :)
Yeah, I saw that picture. He looks much happier there. :aww:
Simplykit Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007
***now this is an image worthy of a praise!!!***:)

*S-U-P-E-R-B work my friend!!!! :)

*this image is W-I-C-K-E-D S-I-C-K!!!*i am truly impressed! ;) you are indeed gifted in the craft and therefore i adknowledge your skills as an artist!!! ;)

*first i really admire your shading skills,the light and dark control is outstanding! ;)the cloth details are uniqely created,his face is shrouded with mystery,fierceness but calmness alltogether.his structure and stance are firm and the body proportions are very well done! :)

*i personnaly like the background and the cold theme,seems like hes dying :)

*you have created which most of us cannot fathom in out immagination,truly you have achieved a level that have not come to our paths have masterfully created such an image! :)

*once again i say S-U-P-E-R-B work my friend!!! ;)keep up the fantastic work!!! :)

*i wanna restrain myself but...FUCK!!!this is awesome!!!:D :D :D
Kaytara Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... O_O

Thanks... a lot. :)
Simplykit Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007
*yey! :D

*your most welcome my friend :)

*keep up the fantastic work :)

*peace and rock on! :D
Baalam Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Student
This is really good :)
Kutaul Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007
you just keep getting better! i love this!
HidingInTheForest Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
Wow.. Its just amazing!
Love everything in it
Luntary Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006
Ciuva Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this. Somehow I really like his face and how you've painted it - the style, the features, it all. And the whole mood in the picture is great, especially the sky together with the spiky mountains. Very well done :)
Sethlene Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Filmographer
I want his outfit!!!!! And what does he have to complain about?! Those mountains, that sky!...Gorgeouse!!! Beautiful piece. ^_^
Menszu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work, I love black-haired elfs xD
Very climatic, I almost feel cold wind blowing straight in his face. (very handsome face in fact )
The only thing that disturbs me is his head, isn't it placed little to far forward ? Or it's just my imagination xD "Errr, probably just a wind" >,..,>

All in all briliant. Fav ^ ^
Kaytara Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
Yeah, the whole pose is somewhat screwed up - literally. O_O I mean, I actually tried to stand like that, and it's not a pose you could survive a sitting (or standing) for a painting for long... XD
Silmuen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very very nice... I like the background and his clothes.. his face and hair look very pretty too.. his pose is kind of strange but Im tired today and I can't figure out things right :)

anyway, great pic!

poor poor elfy boy! *pats on head* :D
Heru-Set-Sebek Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
jocarra Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
*LOL* I love your conversation with your subject ;P

Very well done! The atmospherics/colour palette are perfect, and the costume/character design is wonderful. I love all the little details...
SovaeArt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006   Traditional Artist
*laughs* poor cold elf ;3
He's great! I really love these humanoid pictures of yours!
tennyo-ceres Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
the atmoshere is very well conveyed. Good job! :nod:
ElvenRoyalty Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're art just keeps getting better & better. It's amazing! The poor elf, you were so cruel to him. x3 But it was to make your art look awesome!
Tigzz Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: I do LOVE this!!!! :heart:

lol poor guy :) you're evil
megarathewarrior Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
*sigh* Poor elf boy. :giggle:

Beautiful picture! An absolute favorite. :)
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