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story sketch: shine on [update: 07-18-2011]

This sketch is based on [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's poem shine on about Shahana, the world-weary paladin, and Ari, the peasant girl who became her apprentice and travelling companion when a raid on her village left her with no better options. Shahana has found a fallen star and speaks of her goddess Gailah, weakened in an attack by priests of a rival god, but does not concede defeat, using the light of the star as a symbol of the resolute faith by which Gailah's followers will one day prevail.

cleaned up sketch:


rough sketch:

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Yay!

I love this! The lighting is very much as I envisioned it. I love the circular effect you're getting with the trees, and the way the starlight shines up in little beams.

I have linked to this from my LJ and DW blogs, and on the Crowdfunding community for both services.

Re: Yay!

I'm glad you're pleased with it :) I did a bit more shading than I usually do at this stage, but that's kind of the point of the picture, and I had fun with all the scribbly foliage *g*

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>> I did a bit more shading than I usually do at this stage,<<

Yes, I thought so. Thank you very much for the extra work! I will send you all the attention that I can.

>> but that's kind of the point of the picture, and I had fun with all the scribbly foliage *g* <<

... much like getting sucked into the golem, and that was one of the main inspiration pictures that had me choosing this scene. But I love the foliage. (Is there a critter near the boulder, sort of left-of-center? It kind of looks like a face in the brush.) The leaves look so diverse, the way a forest does, and glossy where they catch the light.

I am also reminded of what Moonvoice is doing with "Katt's Forest" which involves a truly insane amount of detail with ink pen. It's the texture of the fronds and leaves that puts me in mind, I think, that sort of coiled and layered effect.

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(Is there a critter near the boulder, sort of left-of-center? It kind of looks like a face in the brush.)
I hadn't really thought of it..but there could be! Something to keep in mind when I go back to work on it...

Moonvoice's art is impressive; I'm as much in awe of her patience as her skill.

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>>I hadn't really thought of it..but there could be! Something to keep in mind when I go back to work on it...<<

Hee!

>> Moonvoice's art is impressive; I'm as much in awe of her patience as her skill. <<

Patience, dexterity, and speed. This project is taking forever because, well, there are a million stipples in it. But I've seen her post a sketch one day, ink outline the next, and completed watercolor the third. And she can effectively use color combinations that normally work only for, say, God in sunsets.

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This picture and re-reading the associated poem have inspired me to a story of my own.