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By Lancerey
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I've done myself a disservice lately by not painting at all. Now that I've got back into it, I feel that I've lost a lot of what I learned before, including a focus on realism.

So, it's back to basics for me! Observe, reproduce, which is what I've done here. It's not creative or imaginative, but I think it's what I need to do. Mindless painting to retrain my skills.

This is Gaius from the BBC TV show Merlin, played by actor Richard Wilson.

There's not enough Gaius art in the Merlin fan clubs here, and I wanted to paint him because he's so wonderfully wrinkly and saggy in his face in areas.
This was painted using a reference image that's probably a screen shot or promotional image for the show. I don't know. I found it on google, but it's from that episode where the goblin possesses Gaius and makes him hoarde gold. Funny stuff! I love how gleeful and devious he looks!

The background brick and cloth texture are from The rest is digital paint. I don't think I quite nailed his skin texture, but this style is a step in the right direction for me.
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HeavyMetalAngel666's avatar
He is like "my preccioooouuus"! :D 
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thelongestyarnHobbyist Artisan Crafter
He's my favorite character, honestly, and I think you've done a marvelous job!
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WhouffleJohnlockHobbyist Traditional Artist
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Thank you!!!
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WhouffleJohnlockHobbyist Traditional Artist
no prob!! :D
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Literally the most adorable thing I have ever seen.

I love Gaius! He's my favorite character lol I mean obviously I love Merlin and Arthur, and also Gwen and Morgana....but GAIUS. I cannot get over him. Thanks for this lovely painting!
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Late late response here, but thank YOU for looking and commenting on this! Gaius is awesome! He's the perfect balance between serious wise old mentor, and funny, so props to him!
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Masqued-MistressHobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, I love this episode! :D You really capture everything perfectly, I must say. I think the only thing I would say that needs any work is perhaps the hair. But I can imagine hair is a definite struggle! It's hard to draw with pencil or pen, must be interesting doing it digitally, as well.
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ECVcmProfessional Writer
Excellent GAIUS on serial "MERLIN" I like this serial
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ha ha :la: it is wonderful! he is the real sexy character of Merlin ;)
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OioreruesHobbyist General Artist
Having finally watched the episode with the goblin... this is hilarious! You've captured his expression perfectly, and thank goodness you didn't paint him actually licking the gold. I gagged.
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Lol, thanks!! And yes! It was pretty gross how he licked the gold! I didn't want to paint that! That episode was so hilarious.
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StacyKendraProfessional Digital Artist
That is really really good. The hair and face both look excellent and quite realistic.
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Thank you!
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OmniSentinelHobbyist Photographer
It's a bit eerie how much they look like Anne Ramsey... ---> [link]
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Omg! I never made that connection! I'll have to paint Anne Ramsey sometime too!
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I loved that actress, i was sad when she died.
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ROTFL! Well done!
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Thank you!
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You're welcome.
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Kasadija957Hobbyist Digital Artist
he looks so... so... i can't even find the right word!
perfect! :D
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Haha! Glad you liked it! His expression was just so awesome to paint.
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redheadCloverHobbyist Photographer
He does look very devious lol. His eyes and smile have to be my favorite. So well done!

Is Merlin an extension of the whole King Arthur story?
I've read the Once and Future King and it was the story of Wart/Arthur and how he was trained under the wizard Merlyn.. I love that story.. Haven't watched the show though. :]
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Yes! Merlin is a British TV show that's like a retelling of the King Arthur stories. It focuses around Merlin as a young man, and Camelot during the time that Arthur is just a prince, and his father King Uther rules. They've taken the traditional stories and mixed it up a little bit. Like, Guenivere is a servant girl in Camelot and all, and Merlin and Arthur are around the same age. Oh, and in this version of Camelot, Uther has outlawed magic, so Merlin has to keep it secret that he's a wizard.

It's not a hundred percent true to the Arthurian legends, but it's still a fun show to watch if you're into magic and fantasy.
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