the fletcher's apprentice

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Jade Bailey

a portrait of one of my characters, sianrel (don't ask how to pronounce that; i don't even think i've got the hang of it myself yet), an orphaned, introverted fletcher's apprentice, who lives with his aunt and uncle in a village where everyone hates him, due to the ambiguity of his background. if you wish to brave the descriptive jungle that is my writing, there's more about him on my wyvern's shelf. the text in the background is an extract from the second chapter, in fact... i drew this largely because i don't draw enough men - well, i try, but they have an alarming tendency to morph into women. oh dear ;) i also wanted to practice drawing different poses, clothing folds, and develop this phunky new colouring technique i'm trying out. i'm a bit annoyed with my inability to portray him properly - i think this is the closest i've ever come, but i still haven't got it. gmeh! for one thing, his hair's a bit too red, and he looks too poseurish; he's meant to be insanely shy... awwwsies. this actually looks a bit like adam in the other pic - his arch-nemesis! eeeeeeeuuurgh! i do like his eyes, though. ooh. gween. and as for why the bow has no string - he's not put it on yet. fletcher, y'see ;) pencil sketch, coloured in photoshop elements.

Published More than a year ago

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