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You're a Real Card, Grey by Rydain You're a Real Card, Grey :iconrydain:Rydain 2 3 We are the Music Makers by Rydain We are the Music Makers :iconrydain:Rydain 3 2 Greyson and Redd - Sketching Towards Realism by Rydain Greyson and Redd - Sketching Towards Realism :iconrydain:Rydain 3 0 We are the Music Makers - Lines by Rydain We are the Music Makers - Lines :iconrydain:Rydain 4 0
A Redd Face, A Grey Matter, A Fine Shot of Tequila
Greyson rocked into the beat of the big band record crackling on the turntable. His gold padlock clinked on the metal plates of his mask, flashing against the leaded picture windows overlooking sunlit gardens. "Cross back tap tap. Cross back tap tap. Hop hop right." A sharp jingled head shake. "Your other right, twinkletoes."
This dance lesson had been Redd's brainstorm, his alternative to the mischief Greyson had proposed while stroking his beard over a bathtub gin fizz cheekily passed off by the house as a venom cocktail. His dreamy vision of stepping up in the most literal sense rather than supporting the nearest wall of the grand lobby while Greyson drew all eyes on the floor yet again. Instead it was more so a series of unfortunate missteps.
"Left two three and right two three and in the air. I see that look. You're thinking too much again. Stop that." Greyson crossed his feet and back, kicked a knee, dropped three notches down into a fake swan dive approaching the plush patterned
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Precarious Perch by Rydain Precarious Perch :iconrydain:Rydain 9 5 Our Brotherhood by Rydain Our Brotherhood :iconrydain:Rydain 12 3 The King and I by Rydain The King and I :iconrydain:Rydain 1 0 A Rock in the Storm by Rydain
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A Rock in the Storm :iconrydain:Rydain 4 3
Ah-Meng of Wu by Rydain Ah-Meng of Wu :iconrydain:Rydain 22 5 DW8 Cao Ren De-Fuglified by Rydain DW8 Cao Ren De-Fuglified :iconrydain:Rydain 4 2 2012 Summary of Art by Rydain 2012 Summary of Art :iconrydain:Rydain 1 3 Cao Ren - 2 Years Better by Rydain Cao Ren - 2 Years Better :iconrydain:Rydain 4 2 The Scars of War by Rydain The Scars of War :iconrydain:Rydain 15 3 Just a Dance by Rydain Just a Dance :iconrydain:Rydain 17 3 Who Wants a Bite? by Rydain Who Wants a Bite? :iconrydain:Rydain 2 3


Sketches Summer 2017 by Lubrian Sketches Summer 2017 :iconlubrian:Lubrian 21 7 Chinatown by Lubrian Chinatown :iconlubrian:Lubrian 30 16 Muta by Lubrian Muta :iconlubrian:Lubrian 30 12 TSB Eleanor by Lubrian TSB Eleanor :iconlubrian:Lubrian 24 9 TSB Staff Member by Lubrian TSB Staff Member :iconlubrian:Lubrian 21 2 DW - 2016 Valentines Lu Meng x Lu Su by cutepiku DW - 2016 Valentines Lu Meng x Lu Su :iconcutepiku:cutepiku 9 0 Mad Max Fury Road by EatToast Mad Max Fury Road :iconeattoast:EatToast 115 14 Cat Gestures by saraneth672 Cat Gestures :iconsaraneth672:saraneth672 134 7 Two Evils by vishstudio Two Evils :iconvishstudio:vishstudio 379 24 Meant To Be An End by vishstudio Meant To Be An End :iconvishstudio:vishstudio 496 12 No Afterparty by vishstudio
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No Afterparty :iconvishstudio:vishstudio 191 4
South Park: Mecha Streisand by SHADOBOXXER South Park: Mecha Streisand :iconshadoboxxer:SHADOBOXXER 58 5 FIT FOR A KING by vishstudio FIT FOR A KING :iconvishstudio:vishstudio 145 2 Broken Erhu by aliencake Broken Erhu :iconaliencake:aliencake 26 4 At The Edge Of Eternity by vishstudio At The Edge Of Eternity :iconvishstudio:vishstudio 415 11 Stream Of Illusions by vishstudio Stream Of Illusions :iconvishstudio:vishstudio 256 4


You're a Real Card, Grey
Sexy Brutale Casino Husbands - Redd, Greyson, and Greyson's epic jelly roll beard. Is the 2 of Hearts a romantic gesture or a shameless deuce joke? Depends on which one you ask.

Inspired by and partly referenced from a random photo in my stock collection, plus some high res game assets for the masks. About 3 weeks of work all told, including some long weekend days, and a new record for the amount of fuss and detail done in that time frame although I spent a while experimenting with the fabric. I tried to emulate some techniques from the pro illustrators I follow and had a bit of success in the form of Redd's sweater shading, which felt surprisingly fast and natural once I got my pencil rhythm going. The masks were fun and didn't take too long - maybe 2 days' work apiece for the pencils, including an initial structural draft.


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Rydain Darkstar
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I'm a software engineer with an artsy fartsy side and an addiction to adaptations of Three Kingdoms Chinese history and lore. I enjoyed drawing back in high school, fell off the wagon, and have been working my way back on ever since the fan art bug bit me. I aim to improve with each piece while enjoying myself. Feel free to critique my most recent work.

My main interest is semi-realistic illustrations of people with influence from manga and Western comic art. I dabble in graphic design and digital painting as well. My formal art education stopped at an intermediate level, without any strong focus on anatomy or line rendering, so my recent progress has largely been self-taught with lots of help and inspiration from classic reference books and the works of professional illustrators.

I'm more of a writer than a visual artist, and I'm lazy about cross-posting. Find me on AO3 under Rydain. I am also planning a modern day legend of Cao Cao, which you can read about on my Dreamwidth.

If you'd like to ink, color, or iconify any of my drawings - have at it. I put them under Creative Commons license for a reason. Just give me fair credit for my work, and please link me to yours so I can see the results.



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cheyluvsu03 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice art :)
Coconut-CocaCola Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for the watch <3!
Grace-Zed Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork is being featured here [link] ;)
MonochromeCrystal Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama!
Brii333 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the :llama:
Great-Guardian Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the badge and nice Zhang He cosplay! ^_^
EternalFox99 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thanks for the llama :hug: x
Stargirl8 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Writer
Animefreak30 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the llama
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