A Man of the Middle Ages

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I enjoy the middle ages themes like knights, princesses, swords and horses. I also enjoy renaissance paintings, so I tried to combine them. Also trying to mimic some techniques I’ve seen in paintings where the red underpainting starts bleeding through into the darkest darks. I may have gone overboard here as a the result making the guy feel slightly on the jelly side, specially in the hair.

Painting Studies

Beethoven Bust. Trying to get better stroke economy. I admire artists like Jaime Jones who make every stroke have purpose.

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Random Viking Study. first time I didn’t colour pick from the reference image. My darks seem too dull.

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Random Viking Study 2. Saying no to the colour picker is difficult, but I think it’s forcing me to look and make decisions that I need to have understanding for.

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Margaery Tyrell GOT study. Darks seem to orange instead of red purple. and lights seem too bright. Though I do like how the blue of the water vibrates against her skin. Otherwise I think I over painted, I think over rendered images start to look sterile, the rough painting has really cool energy and life such as works by Goro Fujita

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Maester Aemon? Nights Watch elder GOT study. This is more in the direction I want to paint. After watching a level up episode featuring Houston Sharp he shows a technique used in traditional painting where you lay in a under painting,  that then shows through when painting on top. I really like the effect this gives and will probably be the de facto way I start painting from here on out.

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Mood Landscapes / Colour keys

The Great Train…is moody.

I’ve saved all the landscape paintings I’ve ever done, there 9 of them, last night i decided to double it by doing some mood paintings for a game idea.  I don’t do landscapes often because they scare me and I feel more comfortable drawing silly faces and characters, but after watching many hours of speed paintings youtube tutorial videos on landscapes I think I’m beginning to understand and be less scared of the L word.

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