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Christopher Lee Herdman

"Sinclaira Northernbriar" by Christopher Lee Herdman

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My friend and fellow Elfwood artist John Ryan Byrd made a deal one night that we would draw each other's character, his character being Sinclaira, and mine being Kier' Khante the Reaper.  Ryan posted his a long while ago on his Elfwood page, and mine is just now going up ( I am still recovering from the big crash it seems).  His illustration can be seen here.. http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/art/b/y/byrdness/orcwarrior.jpg.html

As far as her pose goes, I was thinking it couldn't be that easy standing on a flying carpet, so I drew her arms balancing herself wildly.  She is cutting through the sea wind at an angle, her hair flowing differently than the direction she is going.

24 Feb 2006:-) Lisa Sanderson
I don't see anything wrong with her anatomy except for the left arm (her right). The arm looks like it's too stretched back, but other than that I think she looks great. I love her pose and I love her hair.
The carpet also is great. It's kinda simple but looks sooo soft and velvety.
Great great job 2

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "Lisa, thanks for the time you took to write. Your comment about her arm is exactly on the money. One thing Im starting to really like about Elfwood is the ability to go back and modify an illustration, while still getting to keep all the nice comments. Thank you Lisa! I'll fix that problem immediately (as Elfwood allows)."
24 Feb 2006:-) Matthew W Gonzales
cool carpet, cool dolphin, nice hair too, but her back must be broken in so many places. that and that whole long scrawny abdomen thing suddenly blossoming out into hips... You should start using models for your pictures. Just grab a friend, pose them, and take a photograph. It will be a lot more believable, and you will start to laugh at some of the stuff not having one will do to your drawings' anatomies

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "What makes Matthew believe I have friends? "
27 Feb 200645 Jen
On third thought, maybe it's not so much the skin on the cheeks and forehead, as it might be the eyes themselves! I've been looking at this for at least five minutes now, and still can't decide which it is...

Yeah, I'm useless. I'm going to look at different pictures now.

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "Ah, its the skin and eyes! Of course after this latest revision, hopefully its just the skin now."
27 Feb 200645 Jen
Oops. That's three problems, innit? 1

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "Well that's OK. Your skill in Grammar offsets your obvious math problems. hehe"
27 Feb 200645 Jen
I think the background on this is awesome, but the clouds in the very upper right are a bit too "stringy" (maybe soften them a little?). The water is great, with a very nice contrast to the sky near the horizon and a believable vanishing point. The sky shading is amazing, considering the disparate colors used! And the carpet, with accompanying shadow, is very rich in both color depth and texture, making for another nice contrast.

I do have two problems with the figure, however...

Although the hair in this painting is much(!) better than the hair on "Willow," it still seems slightly unreal, particularly the front, which is straw-like to me. I think that if you put some strands of the richer gold used towards the ends near her face and up through the part, this will mostly be ameliorated. (Perhaps the impression is strengthened by the shear number of strands around her face, though. I'm not sure on that point.)
Secondly, the face seems flat, somehow. There is more shading in this work, but her forehead and cheeks still pop out at me as unreal. I think you did an excellent job on the lower part of her face, it's just the upper bit that looks off.
Finally, her left boob seems to be significantly smaller than the right. (Yes, I know boobs aren't symmetrical in reality.) I don't know if this is intentional because of the pose, or if it's just a misperception caused by the wrinkles in her shirt.
I think you did a fantastic job on everything else! The clothes are nicely shaded, the texturing is superb, and the rest of the figure seems real and spot-on.

A lot of the problems that I had with "Willow" are either absent here or greatly improved. All in all, I think this is a much stronger composition, and that makes mouths happy!

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "Thank you Jen for all of your comments, as I believe they are extremely thought out and also extremely constructive. I have just now reposted the illustration with her breast adjusted, as you were correct in noticing the size issue. I shortened the back arm, to a more realistic length and worked on her face one last time. This revisions' face still comes off as flat and unrealistic, but the eyes are much more anatomically correct now. The hair also seems off, but I decided to let it go. I need that tablet!"
3 Apr 200645 Nonprophet
I like her pose, too. She could definitely be one of those swordsmen that whirl and bend and twist so you never quite hit them, then they gut you!

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "Ah, thank you."
16 May 2006:-) John Ryan Byrd
Try Adding in Reflective highlights to the furthest reaches of your darks like on the bottoms of the boots and on the cuffs of the boots. That will make them look less cut out.The farthest left of the pants could use one too. Sinclaira, the beautiful, God Shed his Grace on Her...., Later Turdman

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "Thanks for the advice, I may come back to this one... again."
10 Aug 2006:-) Kristin Lewis
What a dynamic pose, and I love all the vibrant colors! I especially like her abdomen. Keep it up!

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "Thank you so much Kristin! When I originally planned this illustration out, I thought it would be great to have warm color contrasting on cool. Im glad somebody else liked the color scheme too. Thank you for stopping by my gallery."
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'Sinclaira Northernbriar':
 • Created by: :-) Christopher Lee Herdman
 • Copyright: ©Christopher Lee Herdman. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Carpet, Coast, Dolphins, Magic, Scimitar, Warrior
 • Categories: Landscape, Nature, Panoramic, Magic and Sorcery, Spells, etc., Weapons, Bows, Swords, Blades, Rapiers..., Woman, Women
 • Techniques: Pencil/Graphite Pen, Computer-coloured Picture
 • Submitted: 2006-08-06 22:34:51
 • Views: 596
 • Resolution: 656x750

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