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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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I think you're right about extending the character shadows. That's a good detail to keep in mind if this picture gets another round of revision someday.

Re: Hmm...

Yes, that's a good suggestion. With the number of people who have shown interest in this piece, I wouldn't be surprised if I do get a chance to work on it more!

Re: Hmm...

Yay! That would be so awesome.

Looking at the discussions over on crowdfunding and then thinking about your project, I realize that this is another advantage. You often get comments that tell you what part of a picture works the best, and people give ideas on improvements or elaborations. That shows up in the refined sketches, and sometimes even in the source writing.