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Christopher Lee Herdman

"Willow" by Christopher Lee Herdman

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I painted this Druid PC for a former player in my D&D group.

30 Jan 200645 Catt of the Garage
In fact I really want that velvet top. You don't feel like going into clothing production, do you?

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "No plans to migrate to the textile industry."
30 Jan 200645 Catt of the Garage
Regarding previous poster's point about women never being able to "lose enough fat" over the six-pack area to make it show - don't be fooled by the "fat is bad" propaganda. Women are not supposed to lose all fat over the stomach. We are covered with a thin layer of subcutaneous fat which acts as insulation, has something to do with hormone production, and acts as a sexual signal (by smoothing over kobbly bones, muscle gaps and prominent veins it gives us a "smooth" look which men find attractive, as it emphasises our non-maleness). If we lose that layer we are literally starving ourselves. So very few women (apart from female wrestlers - urk) have a visible six-pack because even if the muscles are well-toned, they are smoothed over - buff girls get a "washboard stomach" instead.

Since everyone else is giving you an excess of constructive cricism I would like to give you a positive comment as well. I like the texturing on the costume, it looks very rich, and the colours are well-chosen.

1 Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "On a side note, I don't even like the girl I painted this for. The story is actually this, I posted this on Elfwood before! I didn't expect it to win Mod's choice, because it didn't the first time. I was just posting all the stuff that was up before in prelude to putting up my good stuff (that I've done recently). It also pains me to realize that more people have seen this example of questionable anatomy, than have seen the rest of my sketches posted. Most people that know my art realize that despite its many problems, the anatomy is usually dead on. I truly wanted to win a mod's choice, like most people, especially since my art has never been recognized (on any level) as being above average. Its just an example of "being careful what you wish for", I guess."
31 Jan 200645 ALuers
I think this is MOD choice work. Again the color work is great and dress/boots well done. I love your other work but I see it is all male figures. When I made the guy in a dress comment I thought you made have a hard time drawing females. I hope you prove that false soon.

Someone who can not draw a tenth as well as you

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "Nah, your pretty much on the money. I've always had an easier time with the male form. Don't know why that is. I feel compelled at this point to say that even though I don't draw it as well, I sure do appreciate the female form way more! LOL. Ive got another female character painting on the way, and I believe I did a better job with it."
9 Feb 200645 Midknight168
OK. One question... Why is this guy dressed up like a girl?

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "LOL. Oh wow. OK folks, I've already changed this illustration and taken in everybody's advice. She'll be reposted with less broad shoulders, more rounded jaw, wider hips, slightly modified chest, and toned down abs. If that doesn't help, well I'll be fresh out of answers."
21 Feb 200645 Jen
I can't believe, of all the great art on this page, THIS got Mod's Choice.

Personally, the fact that this is probably one of the worst character drawings/paintings you ever did is still amusing as all hades to me. Take that, Willow! Woo!

I still like the background. Scrap the figure, and put Keira there instead. =D

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "Personally, I believe your letting your feelings for the person this art was created for get in the way of objective critique here. Even though I've had alot of comments (mostly constructive) on this painting, I believe that its a step in the right direction from where my art has been in the past. It has alot of good detail, and the colors seem to work well together. Is it the best piece I've ever done? Probably not... but which piece is? Everything I've done can easily be picked apart. Im still glad I received the MOD, even with the picture's problems."
24 Feb 2006:-) Matthew W Gonzales
The background is nice, but I'm sorry, I don't care if it's got a mod's star or not, that figure is extremely stiff, the pose is awkward and unrealistic, and the face... It shows no... emotion, or anything. The outfit seems a little hashed too. For compostition's sake, I would have spent a little more time designing it and making sure that it at least matched itself, or said something about the character. That's one of the things, there's no personality either. Just a stiff, disjointed, androgenous mismatched elf... I really do like the background though, lol. (allthough it would have been nicer with an actual border rather than a white flower photoshop brush, lol)

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "In Matt's opinion its not OK to have an expressionless face. I believe it is. In fact, alot of the books I've read with Elves in them have just that.. Elves with no expression. A word of explaination about Willow's garb. It is in fact another person's character. I drew this Elf exactly as described to me, including her clothes. I happen to agree they are mismatched, and if it was my own character, you can bet her clothing would be different."
26 Feb 200645 Jen
You took me too seriously, Chris.

I have always loved the background and the sense of color and light, but from the first time I saw it at Brian's I always thought that the figure, which is the focus, is the weakest part of the composition.

Although the clothing textures are nice, I feel that the way this had been painted is out-of-tune with what I see (and love) in your pencil drawings - namely, the detail! I don't know what program you've used (and probably wouldn't understand even if you told me), but it seems that when you're doing whatever it is that you're doing, the details get sucked out and subsumed into a flat-looking figure. The realism that is apparent in your sketches has not been transferred into this piece, despite your use of subtle shading to try and bring out the musculature. Instead, the skin and hair look somehow unfinished, in that overly-airbrushed way that magazine ads/covers sometimes have. And I believe the same of "Sinclara," as well, not just of this piece. (Although this seems to be recent, since I don't have the same problem with "Allurian.")

In this piece, I particularly have problems with the lack of highlights in the hair, and the "unfinished" look of the face and Willow's left arm (especially the hand), and to a lesser degree on the right forearm and hand. I think that you've done an excellent job of getting the ears, torso, and neck very realistically textured and shaded, which, to me, only emphasizes the lack of such on the face and arms. This (mayhaps perceived) emphasis draws my eye to the flaws, instead of to the strengths, of this composition.

I didn't write all of this the first time because I thought I had told you all of this before, was too tired to type this much, and wanted to inject some levity into an otherwise very serious page (which seemed to backfire). And while I hate the fact that this picture was made as a gesture of good faith to someone who turned out to be a human stain, my feelings towards that person have no bearing on what I see as one of the weaker pieces in your portfolio.

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "I appreciate the fact you give it to me straight. Everything goes toward getting better, ya know?"
4 Oct 200645 Metallisika
Meh, looks like Michael Jackson.

:-) Christopher Lee Herdman replies: "Thank you Harper."
4 Mar 2008:-) Saskia H. Suurling
Great picture. I like those boots. Also like the leafs on the rest of her outfit. She looks like someting scared her.
20 Dec 2009:-) Shelz Keast
I like the gernal look of this picture. The colours and lighting are quite good but I think her costume makes her legs look a little short. It’s something you’ve probably fixed by now though.
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 • Created by: :-) Christopher Lee Herdman
 • Copyright: ©Christopher Lee Herdman. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Druid, Female, Pencil
 • Categories: Body Study, Elf / Elves, Wizards, Priests, Druids, Sorcerers...
 • Techniques: Pencil/Graphite Pen, Computer-coloured Picture
Modpick •  Mod Pick at: 2006-01-29 10:00:11
 • Submitted: 2006-02-16 05:01:07
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