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Hroda and Casimir

By LothrilZul
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Happy Valentines Day, DegraZul! I love you so much! ^^

Story

"You should get rid of that Stormcloak bear. Both literally and figuratively speaking. Your necklace might attract unwanted attention." The tone of the man made it quite obvious that it wasn't the necklace what was bothering him.
"Just like your Amulet of Talos." pointed out Hroda.
"Oh, you noticed it." smiled Casimir.
"And so will the Thalmor." stated Hroda.
Casimir sighed. After a moment of pause he started to speak.
"So, we depart. I want to give you a goodbye kiss."
"You know you can't." blushed the nordic woman.
"To your hand, milady."
(Story by me, hope you don't mind DegraZul !)

The characters
Hroda Stormcloak, wife of High King Ulfric Stormcloak and her bodyguard Casimir Eagleheart share a compassionate moment during her stay in Hammerfell. Just don't let Ulfric hear about it.
This is my favourite 'ship from our story right know. I'm so on this ship. :D
This scene takes place before the first page of The Amazing Gray, around a month before.

Technical
This is the first I didn't use any lineart. When I looked at the sketch, I thought, I don't want to do a lineart, that would be double the work. So I try colouring without it.
Took about 18-20 hours. Started 3 days ago, I worked on it nonstop since I came up with the idea. Deadlines and love can make wonders!
Done in gimp, mostly with a solid round brush. All brushes are gimps own.

References and stock
Pose reference: M'lady.  by :iconsenshistock:
Background image: Desert 02 by ~neverFading-stock 
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2105x1984px 2.89 MB
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IfDeathhadaCatHobbyist Traditional Artist
I was wondering what looked different, but now that I read "lineless" it all makes sense. I love the background and I think it is a good thing that you kept the colour scheme of Hroda and Casimir relatively "cool" in terms of tint. Love the contrast between the two of them and I adore the way you made him look at her in pure adoration. :heart:

I find it hard to critique this as I have never taken the leap to do lineless art myself but if I would have to suggest anything, I would suggest being a bit bolder with the shading. Normally line art would render and capture a piece, dividing it in segments. With this now not present it might require a bit bolder shades to create depth. This might be a handy tutorial. He does predominantly traditional media, but he explains it pretty clear: www.proko.com/illusion-of-dept…
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LothrilZulHobbyist General Artist
Practice makes progress I guess. I tried bolder shading, but always looked out of place, just wasn't right. I don't know.
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IfDeathhadaCatHobbyist Traditional Artist
What you might like is this art group on FB: www.facebook.com/groups/151207…
It is relatively small group for art critiques and studies for every once in a while when you are stuck on a piece. The people there are friendly but also very honest when it comes to critique. 
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LothrilZulHobbyist General Artist
Now that sounds like something for me! Thank you! :)
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IfDeathhadaCatHobbyist Traditional Artist
I am part of it as well! (you can recognise me by the galaxy fox on there). They are very easy going, the only thing that they are strict about is art spam (we had a couple of people who unlike me and you threw every pencil scribble online with no actual question as to what they want critique on).
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LothrilZulHobbyist General Artist
I saw you and saw your fox too. :)
Your style is quite eye-catching. :)
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IfDeathhadaCatHobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww thank you! Every now and then it is nice to hear how to change things for future reference. Also when you are stuck in terms of composition.
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LothrilZulHobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'll post H+C, just need to write a proper question for it.
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I like this, you did really well with the colours and anatomy! One thing I'd change is to use a wider range of values - make the shadows darker and the light areas lighter, to add more depth. (The placement of light and shades looks really good to me by the way!)

Also a tip, if you'd like more feedback, I'd suggest adding it to groups like Improvement-Club which are designed to get you some :) And if you want critiques I'd say so in the description. Some people on here can get quite childish about criticism so a lot of people are hesitant to give any if it hasn't been explicitly asked for.
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LothrilZulHobbyist General Artist
Ahh, thank you! Yes, I noticed that the picture seemed quite flat on another screen. This one has rather dark settings I guess, so I don't seem to always pick the right colours. I couldn't really find the right shades for the shadows, or I did but they were too saturated. I might tweak a little with the levels to see if that helps.

I was in one, but it required to give feedback first, and either I didn't have time to comment, or someone else already did it, and they encouraged to comment on uncommented pieces or simply I just couldn't put anything constructive, so eventually I left the group. I might try this one. :)
Also, writing it to the description is a good idea, but I thought it is quite obvious. Guess it was not.
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