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The Scars of War by Rydain The Scars of War by Rydain
A redraw of a June 2010 portrait of DW5!Cao Ren. The original ultimately came from a screen shot. This one was inspired by his DW5: XL character select image. (0:10 here) I made a crappy sketch to get the proportions, then drew a Loomis-style skull underneath, then the helmet and collar on top. My neck anatomy needs work, but I rather like the simplified style for now.

As fan art, this didn't qualify for the redraw contest, but I enjoyed the inspiration from others' improvement. I'm also hella proud of how much I've learned in the past 2 1/2 years. It helped a lot to switch over to Manga Studio and its fantastic pen handling. I should probably sketch more, but I do push myself with every piece I create, strive to nail fundamental structure as well as I can, and study pro illustrators for inspiration at getting more nuance into my work. I was also into careful penciling back in high school - some of my improvement comes from relearning what I had once done well.

Drawn freehand in Manga Studio.

Time: 5 days for the structure and rough pencils, 5 days for the ink. I wanted to start learning how to draw hair in locks, which required extra time for experimentation.
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HisPurpleness Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016
Very good. I like the face and I like the helmet. Cao Ren was a legend. If his brother needed something done, Ren did all in his power to get it done!
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GuoBia Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Totally love the pose, it's like Head Tilt of SRS BIZNESS.
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LordBloodySoul Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is marvelous! :clap: Awesome! :clap:
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