Here is the final entry for Warhammer 40K Month! This was also a personal piece as I have a special love for dancers as any one who's seen My Time Warp Trio or Princess Tutu Tribute is aware.
So say hello to my favorite Harlequins! The Shadowseer Lucinda Linewalker www.f-list.net/c/Lucinda%20Lin… and the Rillietann Kaylana www.f-list.net/c/Kaylana%20Ril… , who are both played by their respective owners on F-List
So if you like kinky role play, you can still go check it out!
As for the Solitaire, well he's a symbol and a secret.
This reminds me of something one would either see in Kabuki theater, due to the masks, or Crique De Solei, because of their positions. Its very interesting and I like the character designs for each of them. While each mask and costume looks a bit alike, they have their own style that varies from each other. From what I can tell, either they are dancing onstage or are part of an elaborate acrobatic act. I was going to say that you needed a background for this, but I can now see that a background would take focus off of the characters. The shadows in this are good and line art is perfect. Overall, it's amazing. I hope to see more of your work in the near future.
And you would be correct in both that they are on stage and part of an acrobatic act. As space elves that employ personal anti-gravity belts, I am sure one of their performances on a CraftWorld would have been amazing to see and quiet a feet of agility.
During the coloring process, several backgrounds where suggested including the crystalline interior of a CraftWorld Hall or the ghostly face of the Laughing God, who Harlequins follow, looking down upon the players pleased. But I went with a black background for three reasons. I did not want to detract from the characters, there was time constraints, and the scenes I remember best from the few plays and performances I've seen in person have all been that moment in the dark with the single spot light casting dramatic shadows over the lone dancer or actor in the middle of the stage.
I am still working on my shadows and coloring technique, I feel I still got a ways to go on that as I have to find a balance between semi-realism, economy of time, and my nutsy torturous love affair with textures. But it warmed my heart to hear someone say the line art was "perfect". I have always felt if the line art is not well done, the rest will fall apart, so its always the part I spend the most time and effort on. Nice to know its finally starting to pay off.
So again, thank you for the critique and I hope you enjoy my future works as much as you did this one.