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Annatar, Lord of Gifts

I thought I would have another go at painting him:


This is better, closer to my mind's eye version too (although once again looks much worse in the photo than in real life: note to self, examine camera settings).  I think I need to work on the outer corners of the eyes, they don't look right (although arguably he should have a bit of a disconcerting stare, I'd like it to be disconcerting rather than 'hang on there is something drawn wrong here).

The colours are better in this version.  I drew it in pencil, shaded in yellow ochre, and then did the skin with pinks made from a mixture of buf titanium and a bright red.  Faces clearly have more bright red in their composition than I thought.

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huinare
19th Jun, 2015 21:53 (UTC)
His half-smile looks so in character, love it!

Personally I really like the color palette also.

Photographing drawings is a pain. I've noticed that an itty bitty change in camera positioning can alter the whole angle the camera is "viewing" the art from, so to speak.
bunn
20th Jun, 2015 08:54 (UTC)
I'm glad you like my version...

I think the camera has picked out the edges of each tone more than the real painting shows, so for example, the edges of the eyes look harder and more not-right in the photo than the real painting. I think I need to do... something with white balance probably. May have to read the manual!
wellinghall
21st Jun, 2015 20:18 (UTC)
Contrast?
wellinghall
21st Jun, 2015 20:18 (UTC)
Yes, you need to keep the painting and the camera absolutely in the same plane as each other.

You also need a fairly narrow aperture, as otherwise the corners of the picture won't be fully in focus even though the centre is.
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