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Jade Bailey

(hehe, sorry, couldn't resist ;)) lookit! BACKGROUND! ooooo... another pic of sianrel, the main male character from my ongoing medieval fantasy/histfic novel, ravenspeed. he's an orphaned fletcher's apprentice and a crack shot with a longbow. and... well, yeah. i spent far, far, FAR too long on this when i should have been reading history books, writing essays and whatnot, but i think it's been worth the effort. i'm very pleased with it - particularly his face, his hair, his face, the sky, and did i mention his face? without a shadow of doubt the most sianrelesque sianrel i have ever drawn, and that maketh me happy. in fact i may have to upload a detail shot at some point so you can all look at his hair and his lovely gween eyes. yaysies. i do archery now, but i didn't when i drew the pic, so i had to change the arrow completely. however, even i knew that shooting in that pose is silly to say the least - he's drawing, not shooting (ok, so it's an odd draw, but it's not wrong). the lighting is a bit warped, too. the anatomy isn't perfect but considering this is the first time i've ever drawn and coloured a shirtless man, it's decent enough for me. and yes, he really is supposed to be that skinny. even though he's an archer. he's a strange lad. pencil sketch, coloured in photoshop elements and paint shop pro. i used a photo i took of a sunrise as reference for the sky. looks nothing like the photo, but i give myself full permission anyway.

Published More than a year ago

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