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Elise Portrait

By Sankam
As promotional pieces for my comic, Persona Animus, I am doing formal portraits in oil of the main characters. This one is Elise Bowen, a healer and diplomat. I also made wallpaper.

This is my first finished illustration in oil. Ever! Very challenging.

This picture is available as a print! Details here!
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Fur Elise? Sorry, couldn't resist. This is very nicely done. You should be proud. I like the costuming, especially the way you painted her lace trim and the folds of the cloth. You have captured the texture of the cloth-bound book behind her. It reminds me of some of the books my father had.

The only criticism I have is that I think you could have muted a little more the green in the shadow behind her.
JudgeDeadd's avatar
A nicely thought out color palette, some nice technique and soft shading that make her look all adorable and fluffy. (Though she looks a bit old on the picture, like a grandma; was this intentional?) I love the way the dress turned out.

And the concept itself--an anthropomorphic character masterfully depicted in oil, as if a Rembrandt portrait--is heartwarming somehow.
Luigilady95's avatar
awash2002's avatar
Very beautiful
cdcantrell's avatar
Kosjenka's avatar
So, so cute! :flirty:
Well done! :clap:
Hermione75's avatar
see tribute to your pic, will reomve if not o.k. with you
Sankam's avatar
No problem, as long as you credit me when you display it (which you are). Strange to see the environment around her go all surreal like that... it feels like I am rapidly falling away from the picture.
Hermione75's avatar
hmmm nice take on it, thanks
PurpleMuffin's avatar
mice pictures rock
sorceressmyr's avatar
lovely...i love the color ;)
such a lady she is.. :D :D

an congrats on DD!! :D :D
Not-of-this-age's avatar
She looks like something Walt Disney would drem up to serve Cinderella..... Lovely...
K-S-O's avatar
Now that is one nice piece!
FictionArtwing's avatar
I love her eyes! She looks so sweet!

Awesome job for a first time oil painting!
CheshireCat8D's avatar
Great job with the painting, l love the highlights and shadows in the painting. How long have you been painting?
Sankam's avatar
Let's see, it's been... (Looks at watch...)

In all seriousness, I just took up oils a little over a year ago. I've been taking classes in painting, composition, and color theory. I had done most of my color work digitally before then (and I still do, now), but I love real media. There's just something about having a physical artifact at the end of the process that is so satisfying.

Thanks for the kind words!
CheshireCat8D's avatar
I had some limited experience with painting in my high school art class and a semester of painting in college. I was never any good with coloring mediums, but I want to work on them more. I want to practice with watercolor in particular, but I constantly get interupted at home.
Sankam's avatar
I've found that once you start to understand tone and color, you can pick up almost any medium and get decent results pretty quickly.
Gabycat's avatar
wow! so many many comments and views! and all well deserved! congratulations!
ospreyCG's avatar
I appreciate the nice, traditional feel that this piece has - it's a fresh alternative to the usual style of work that I'm used to seeing around here.

What I like about it is that it's not a completely refined piece - it's not overly done. It's simple and elegant. Keep it up.

- MH
Sankam's avatar
Thank you-- I have found I really enjoy painting with real paint.

I think the secret to good painting is knowing when to stop before you screw it up. =)
Westbury123's avatar
wow!!!!! you are soooo talented!!!! :D
SpikyhairdVash's avatar
very nice, I see why it was selected as a DD
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