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The Wizard by Manweri The Wizard by Manweri
Character design for my portfolio.

Once Atticus was a great wizard, recognized throughout the world as the best at magical shields and defensive spells. But during the greatest battle of his life, he started to run out of magic while defending a capital city. Desperately, he sought the only solution he could find, to keep the enemy from entering the city walls: black magic. It was forbidden, he knew that, and he had never tested it before. Yet he saw no other choice...

The result was disastrous. Thousands of good soldiers and innocent people killed in the flaming inferno that replaced his magical shields around the city walls.

Atticus was devastated, and did not care when he was exiled from the kingdom. He left all the people he once was admired by, and settled down in an unpleasant, dangerous swamp. There he continued to study his magic for centuries, far away from the rest of world, and well aware of the fact that his glorious days were now only memories.

Medium: Photoshop CS5.
Date completed: March 13, 2012.

Edit: Fixed the brightness of the image, seeing as it was too dark.
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:iconphanwelten:
Phanwelten Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
The details in his hair are amazing *_*

I hope you don't mind when I use it as an illustration on my blog? (phanwelten.com/) Of course i will credit you and link to this site!
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! And no problem, I don't mind people sharing my work at all, as long as I'm credited :)
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Wisplithe Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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GilBentes Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015   Traditional Artist
Love it!
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you do! :)
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it, this could be a portrait of my soul! :)
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, thank you, I'm very glad you like it! :)
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww:
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
20 - 11 - 2013 This piece was been showcased on my profile page as today's *Daily feature*. Thank you for making such beautiful art! :iconlainloveplz:
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, it is very much appreciated! :)
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:icongiantlovehug:
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TheAcciuga Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Very beautifull piece...it was love at first sight Heart 
I love his deep melancholic espression...that and the solar dust behind him make him look...older like something that has been forgotten..

thanks for sharing!
ciao :sunnysideup:
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! It was very helpful to develop a solid story behind the character before drawing him, it made it easier to give more of a sense of story around him. I'm glad you like it! :)
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RR-319 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
really great work here and the story is just perfect. i really hope to see more.
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :) It may be that I develop the character further at some point, we'll see :)
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RR-319 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i sure hope so.
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OSanha Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Your Wizard is very impressive :)) I like it! And that light-shadow features of its too :)
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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PlasticToySoldier Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
fantastic. i even love his story(its sad but i always liked a story with sadness as well as heroism )
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm very glad you enjoy both the painting and the story that goes with it :)
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PlasticToySoldier Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
your welcome.i always love a good story.
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ShiguresHSGirl Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of the Wise Man in "Labyrinth" with the annoying talking hat. That said, it is absolutely amazing, and I really like the back story you gave him.
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, he does actually look kinda similar ^^ Thank you very much, I'm so glad you like it :)
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eiralleena Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is fantastic, very well done.
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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MarkersInk Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Wonderful artwork, and the story made it that much more enjoyable. I wish there was a graphic novel or movie to absorb this character more. GREAT WORK!
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! It's good to know the story I made is appreciated as well :aww: And who knows; maybe I'll do something more with this character one day ;)
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draalrog Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Very cool![link]
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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ParaguayDraw Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow no wonder why the guys (Jonas, Mik, Henning etc) talked a lot about you..you are very talented! this is amazing, love his expression..I love everything about it actually
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Manweri Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, Gabriel! I remember barely getting to say hello to you before you left Viborg. I hope to see you again soon! :)
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ParaguayDraw Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
yeaah! i know we met when I was about to leave haha..yes maybe we'll meet again =) haha
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MaansRune Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Henning told me about this piece :) But I didn't exp[link] this, this is totally awesome!
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Manweri Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, thank you! I got lots of advice on this one, so that helped a lot :)
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, such wonderful innocent look! :heart: Poor Atticus! Here, have a hug, all will work out! :cling:
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Manweri Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, well, he isn't really that innocent, you know, and he is very aware of it himself ^^ But he probably appreciates a hug in all his misery :aww:
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see.. :iconcutecryplz:
But still, his intentions were good, and that forgives half of it! Come here, you poor sad wizard, I am so giving you the biggest warmest hug in the world! :iconsadhugplz:
And you bet you deserves one, despite everything! Come! :cuddle:
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awwwww :hug: I think you just became Atticus' new bestest friend in the whoooole world! :dummy:
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconmonkeyloveplz: Awwwwwwwww! And here's extra hug, just because you are so kind! :iconaawplz:
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Manweri Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Now that is cute! :lol: *biiiiiig hug* :tighthug:
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mister-cruz Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I like good =)
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:iconmanweri:
Manweri Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it :)
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YikYik Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwww.... *jumps into picture and hugs sad wizard* I love the lighting in this one, and the feeling. Very nice. :heart:
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Manweri Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for that! With the wizard being in such a misery, I'm sure he'd appreciate a hug :aww:
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YikYik Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
Awww... Yeah, I know I'd appreciate a hug if I was that down! :nod:
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's about how I look after a long day of painting in front of the computer, or how I feel at least.

This is a really nice portrait, would you like my critique of it?
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Manweri Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, thank you very much!
I love all kinds of feedback that will help me to improve, so I will gladly listen to anything you have to say :)
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well I think its very strong as is, but you could try using a larger variety of brush textures to help spice things up. Particularly with the strands of hair, the brush you used is currently very noticeable and a bit repetitive. Here is an example from Jamie Jones [link] which has a lot of brush variety. It just helps to energize an image when there is more diversity in the strokes.

Secondly, the wizards face gets a little lost in the background. If you could just lighten one or the other so they contrast more that may be an improvement. But, perhaps it gives a more mysterious mood as is.

Keep'em coming! :)
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Manweri Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for excellent feedback, I truly appreciate it :)

I definitely have to get better at using more variation in my brushes, and not shy away from the highly textured and exciting ones. I tend to stick to maybe 2-3 brushes throughout the whole painting process, and I agree that it tends to look a bit too repetitive that way.

And the wizard's face does seem to get a bit lost there yeah. I wanted to have it in shadow, so that it was kinda dark and depressing, but some more illumination to bring out the face would probably be for the better. Thank you for giving me your opinion, it helps a lot :)
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