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Green Ice and Abstraction

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This is an attempt at a little more realism than I am used to... it's quite a chore, and it came out kind of funky, but I am proud of it for a first attempt.

To be clear, this is not the Harry of the traditional HP books; this is meant to depict the Harry of "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality", the incomparably amazing fanfiction, which features a character WAY more badass than the original.

The author focuses a lot on how hard and intense his eyes are, and at one point, he uses the phrase "green ice and abstraction" to describe them, and that inspired me to do this pic.

Please take a moment to check out this fanfiction-- I adore the original books, but I may go so far as to say this fanfic is *gasp* better. :P
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Chaotic-Tracy's avatar
May I please share this to tumblr?
viennalerough's avatar
Yes ma'am, sorry for the late reply! ^_^;
MyNameIsEzra's avatar
If I had to choose between Rowling and Wrong, I would always always choose Wrong. For pure madness.
crimpsonlilly's avatar
The fanfic has IMO far surpassed the original in this case!
LiliesForSeverus's avatar
I need to read this at some point in time, don't I? 
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Overall I think you did a pretty good job with this. I'm noticing a few things that you might not have been able to see on your laptop screen, but that ought to be something you can avoid in the future by using a certain method even if you can't actually see it. Namely, I can see some of his eyelashes over his eyebrows (along with the edge of the green on the eye to the right). To avoid that, try making a solid layer for your eyebrows on top of which you draw the individual eyebrow hairs (so like lay down a base of the shadow color so that it's totally opaque). And, of course, just make sure the eyebrow layers are over the eye layers.

Hair is tricky. Your base shape seems pretty good (especially on the left half of the drawing where you can't see the copy-paste you used to thicken it) and you're on the right track with how you're shading it. I am noticing, though, that your highlights don't seem to be interrupted with shadows. I would suggest doing the hair in sections such that the individual "chunks" of hair lay on top of one another and have an overlapped look. I'd bet you could even use the same shading method you did here, just sectioned out a bit. It'll probably be easier to explain this in person, so maybe next time we're hanging out drawing I'll try to describe it.

I think last I'd say is when you have symmetry in a drawing, don't be afraid to use copy-paste/rotate. If I were doing a drawing of this nature, I'd flip the lineart so that the basic eye/brow shapes were symmetrical. It looks like you did that for the glasses and they came out well.

On another note, I feel like the scar and the colors of the eyes work nicely, and I really like the texture you have on the eyebrows. The glass in the glasses reads nicely with the white sheen. I look forward to seeing what more you do with this kind of stuff.

(btw, how are these crits working for you? Are they a bit too long-winded? If so I can make a point to make them a bit shorter)
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Heck no they're not too long-winded; the critique is great. It mostly stuff I intend to reference in the future; I don't really have much intention to go back and fix these particular pieces. ^^; But it'll be great for when I do other, similar pieces, so thanks a bunch!!
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Sure thing. ^^ And yeah, I try to aim my crits at things that can be used in the future. I think it's much more useful. =)
Allebasii's avatar
ok, that is just...frikken amazing! =D I love HPMOR as well, though i havm't had the time to do any fanart for it...oh well =P
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He is a PC, and they are wallpaper.
viennalerough's avatar
Haha, hell yeah. :P
Cradger's avatar
Perfection... Absolute perfection!
viennalerough's avatar
Wow!! Thanks a lot! *blush*
Marlacanroar's avatar
Oh MY GODS! Simple incredible!
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Yay, glad you like it! ^^
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This looks so awesome!
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