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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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This sketch is very nice! I think the light of the star reflected on the tree trunks is my favorite effect. They just seem so...shiny.

This may be because you haven't really filled in the faces yet, but Shahana looks a lot younger than I would have thought. Sort of elfin, too. I think it's the almost-point of her one ear we can see. ;)


I see what you mean about that ear. It's probably easy enough to fix by bringing that highlight up along the curve.

Showing age in the face may be more challenging, given the proportion of human figures to forest (which I like) and the lighting (which everyone seems to love). I can't think of an easy fix for this one. We'll see how it plays out, though.