Welcome to my fanart-thread!
I will post every piece of my EQ-artworks, both canon and sElves here for you. Every honest opinion is very welcome. So please, feel free to discuss! (Click for full size)
You, Dreamcat, have a great talent here. If I were more comfortable with the comparison, I would compare you to a modern Nonna except with much more detail. Your detail and talent do make me wonder what'll appear in the future, though. Maybe we'll seen many more sElves and non-Elf sElves or even a gathering of them together in one piece... *Drifts away thanks to imagination*
Wow, just wow, I have no idea where to begin. You have awesome talent!
I love the pictures with Dreamcat- laughed out loud at the one where she paints with her tuftcat-friend's tail...good thing her cat-friend seems quite lazy :D
The Art Nouveau Tyleet/Scouter one is awesome- a series of Art Nouveau inspired pictures would be great to see- I do confess, this is very selfish request, for it is one of my favourite art genres.
I'm totally in awe with the photograph of Pike (and glad you used him, he gets far too little attention, that's why my selfelf is his aunt ) The difficult pose, Skot and Krim on the back, the joyful spirit captured in his eyes, the light falling down and the little detail of rabbit munching whistling leaves! Amazing!
And then the technique part- to make it all look as if seen through a glass, as if any moment now Pike is going to crash into the camera that just took that picture...sorry for repeating, but you do have amazing talent.
Cutter with his wolf is very manly and somehow reminds me of a western movie- I can't really put my finger into it.
I hope we indeed will see much more pictures here! Please continue doing your magic symbols for our eyes to see with joy.
I that you decided to make a thread, too.
And I can only join in the praise of your talent and artistic skills, Dreamcat! You allow that I quote myself:
Great shot of matured Cutter - inventive pose. Your first wolf turned out wonderfully ... maybe a tad too human araound the eyes. I love how wolf and elf look equally intend and concentraded.
The black (inked?) grass and leaves make a good contrast and an amazing background.
Lovely picture of Scouter and Tyleet as a newly recognized couple. He's truely enviable
I like how their foreheads touch faithfully and Scouter's tender gesture.
This reminds me of an art nouveau glass painting.
I feel with the cute rabbit - I want him escape and be save. And I want Pike being successful - feeding his family and get their admiration.
The movement - the perspective - extraordinary. There is so much fun and eagerness in Pike's expression ... so typical him. Skot and Krim in the background are a perfect addition. Oh ... and I love that the rabbit is munching!
I could go on and on about the awesomeness ... Moonmoss worded it so much better.
Run, bunny, ruuuuun!!!
Awesome portrait of Dreamcat! She's so awake, so lively ... so present (missing the right vocabulary :/) Bright eyes, bright but delicately shaded colors, rich details in jewelry.
I admire your skill for lively expressions - and for drawing hands.
I've fallen in love with your elves. Your sister "Tulip" looks dreamy with soulful eyes. The colorful tulips are a lively contrast to the dark lock and tan top. I love how the lips match them in a darker hue.
I've loved the sketch ... I can only adore the colored piece of Dreamcat and her bond"biest" !
The cat is incredible - both relaxed and attentive. The way the eyes meet ... the watchful ears, the sriped fur with the white sock(s) and muzzle - wild and cute. I love that Fuyu uses Dreamcat as a cushion - SO typical!
Dreamcat herself is melting with the ground ... just the red mane and fair skin standing out. I love how relxed she's lying there - and that her eyes match Fuyu's. She's clearly talking to her companion ... and te cat is understanding well for sure!
Background bushes and the delicate blossoms in the foreground frame the peaceful scene perfectly.
It really shows that you live with a cat - Fuyu's pose and expression is prizeless! I can hear him purrrrrrr...
Love to see Dreamcat as a symbol maker ... using the cat tail as a brush is unique and hilarious Dreamcat seems to think similar about it - her amused expression proves.
Again I wholeheartily agree with the others - please, enjoy us with more magical symbols
Edit: your artwork is a treat in full size ... but for the thread a downsized version will be more at times. At least when it's so large that you cannot admie the whole picture anymore without copying it in a picture editing program. But ... better too much of a good thing than nothing in this case
O_O Wow, what shall I say? You guys make me blush in front of my computer! I hope no one sees me, or they´ll think I´m doing naughty things...*cough* *cough* °>_>
I´m really moved by your praises. That´s fuel for my engine (it ran a little dry some time ago)! I´m going to do the next one right away! Can´t make such an appreciative audience wait for long, can I? xD
...and here it is. I started coloring yesterday and finished it just now. *phew*
Now there´s room in my brain for the next one. And I already have an idea! ^^
For full view check out my gallery!
"Watch me catching our lunch barehanded!" - colored
click to see full size!
Forest and grass have just the right hues of greens to create a lively mood I like how the dark woods in the background are mirrored by the dark grass in the foreground - very harmonic.
Pike got his chance to shine - in more than one way I love how he literally got a spotlight. The choice of colors makes him and the rabbit a unit while Skot and Krim are melting with the background.
Oh, this time Embala said it so right- Pike got his own shine and spotlight while others blend to background- beautiful colouring indeed! And your use of light is fantastic.
It's funny- on the bw version I was sure he'd catch the rabbit, now with colours in I find the rabbit far more alert and wonder if it actually gets away..interesting psychological effect
The picture from sunvillage made me smile- boys are boys...bad scenery for Newstar- had it been any other Wolfrider they'd probably just grabbed the tail and munched it for a snack..The surface of the hut is very beautifully done, it seems to be shimmering in the sunlight. And I love to see Windkin and Mender being pranky kids.
In fact I get paid for these comments ... each time more awesome art pops up!
The sufferings of an elder sister XD ... hilarious idea with Newstar as perfect victim! Her terrified pose and expression are prizeless. Mischievous little brother is captured spot on. I love that Windkin is hanging in the air upside down - inventive pose.
The coloring gives the hut a blievable "used" look and naks it shine in the desert sun the same time - especially the top seems to sparkle. The pearl curtain has pretty shimmering colors - good contrast for the "ugly" lizard tail.
Makes me think ... has Fuyu ever gifted you with a lizard tail?
That't the LINK code: (you have to remove the 4 free spaces before and after LINK and IMG to make it work)
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Actually I've used the "square brackets" instead of the "angle brackets" (post changed the format) ... should work with both.
The LINK address* is the one of the full seize picture; the second one the IMG address of the smaller picture you have chosen.
* I've take the address I get when I click "show graphic info" (or something like that - it's translated from the German options).
PCoquelin said it all with the eloquent empty space and few words.
Alas, let me fill the space with words of praise and hope it just heightens the effect of PC's message!
This tete-a-tete is pure magic. The soft,light colours blending into the shaft of sunlight and green shades of their clothes and the forest create a peaceful mood. Both elves are astonishingly beautifully done- looks like they're actually breathing- and you've captured both the astonishment in Nightfall's eyes and slightly parted lips and the slight loving, amused pride in Redlance's gaze as he creates his delicate gift to her.
Not to mention all the magnificient detailing- their hair looks like real hair- I want to touch it. And those prints on Redlance's leather vest are awesome- you truly captured the way a printed (not sure if it's the right word) leather looks. And once again, your attention to details is beyond belief- the intricate leaf pattering on Nightfall's head scarf, the delicate bells and buds of the flower, the accuracy of Nightfall's necklace...
Beautiful piece of art.
I howl in honour of you.
Thank you both! Your words make me proud.
I love doing this kind of (lineless) paintings. They teach me a lot about light and shadow and how they interact to create form. I´d love to produce much much more of these, but it´s actually very time-consuming to make them look good. The overall setting, the basic light and forms, are established quite early in the process. But without lines, these paintings tend to lack of dynamics, they often look stiff like statues. That´s why these pictures live on details. I guess 60-80% of the time is spent for detailing (hair, folds, all kinds of patterns and textures). The color comes last and is quickly done, since all the halftones are already there. This one took me aprox. 20 hours of work (still far too slow), ~2 hours to establish basic light and form, ~17 hours of detailing and ~1 hour for the color. So much for the technical part.
Moonmoss described my intentions for this painting very well. For though Nightfall is in focus, I made this pic more for Redlance. He´s usually shown as the "weak" in this relationship. Some people even say that they don´t understand why fierce Nightfall is in love with such a "sissy". I think they don´t understand neither of them. I wanted to show how Redlance´s charme enchants and comfords, yet captures her. He´s the one who slowly, gently enwines around the heart he admires to hold it as tight as no one else could. In fact, he enchanted Nightfall so much, she couldn´t help but force her soul to recognize him. On the other hand, I think it speaks for Nightfall to choose the subtle, sensitive one over any tough, cool guy. When reading EQ for the first time, I immediately fell in love with those two and the kind of love they share.
I've told you elsewhere that this one is too beautiful for words to me. It's ... enchanted.
Moonmoss has said everything - and much better - as I could come uzp with. PC said it ... without words.
It reminds me of some old painting ... I'm too much an ignorant in art knowledge to even try to point out style or artist. I only remember what I love - and this is definitly one of them.
Thanks for the interesting insights in intentions, challenges and tecniques, Dreamcat.
Dreamcat you artwork is so beautiful
your picture of Nightfall and Redlance leave me speachless..
Thanks to you, too! ^^
If you have further questions about the background of my art, you can always ask me. I tried to screen-record the process, but unfortunately it didn´t work. T-T
I´ll try it again next time. But I can offer to show the b/w "underpainting". ^^
Oh yes, please! I always like to see "developement"
For Leafpath :3
Wow! These really are magic symbols. Thanks so much for sharing your art here, it is absolutely beautiful!
I'm also glad you are sharing your technique. It's always interesting to see how these beautiful pictures are created.
The "Forest Glade" piece looks wonderful in b/w - nothing unfinished but a very own beauty!It's magical with and without colors.
This one looks much darker than the colored version - like night and day. It's hard to imagine for me that this is actually the beginning of the fair colorful picture - and not a variant piece. Very interesting to see in comparism.
Amazing Leafpath! The thick braid lying heavy on her shoulder, airy and delicate feather earrings moving in a breeze (that's how it looks to me!), the carefully worked choker - all those details are only topped by the slightly surprised, concentrated expression. Is this a blush on her cheeks because someone "special" showed up? *wants to believe so* Lovely eyes and tempting lips.
I like how the shadow of her hand is falling on the face.
It´s not exactly the beginning, but one layer of the finished piece. You can call it the "contrast-layer", since it shows all the halftones. It´s darker, ´cause the "color-layer" has an illuminating effect and there is also a "light-layer" on top with the sunbeam and the magic sparkles.
As for the portrait, Leafpath´s dolls and char-sheet were a great help to picture her, since I wanted to make sure to hit her creators taste. ^^
I've read Leafpath's comment - You.did. Had no doubt about it anyway.
Makes worth the effort. x3
If you´re further interested in the progress of my paintings, you may look here
It´s not Elfquest, but Inuyasha is just another half-canine. ^^ The process so far took about 70 hours of work. It´s not finished yet, but I bet it´ll reach the 100hours-mark.
100 hours ... incredible. I'm sure it would be very interesting to see ... *sigh* ... but I'm closed out.
I'm not on Facebook. I will not join there for EQ. And not for anything or anyone else. Not as long as there is no REAL need for it. I'm sorry, Dreamcat.
EDIT: I don't think Inuyashi looks so good in the original comic. Gorgeous! And this is just the start?
Seriously - the planing of this composition should have taken it's time. Rough sketching? Or do you "see" it in mind? Hardly with such a crowded piece.
The faces are all different - features and expressions. And even this sketch shows special deatails.
You must save more WIP shots of this picture!
EDIT: There was a point when I thought it cannot become batter. And a point when I didn't see the differencies (but I'm tired and the picture is so big and crowded). And - THIS is far from being ready?
*bows* to your artistic skillls - and your patience and ambition! Adorable.
Thank you so much for awesome outcome for my request, Dreamcat! I adore the picture.
Others look very cool and handsome, you are so talented.
Could I perhaps get a self-elf image? Is there a cost associated? I just LOVe the ART.
Dreamcat: your work is splendid.
Be sure I rarely say such a thing.
Now for (positive) criticism: pay more attention to noses and lips.
If you value such remarks, would you PLEEEEEEEEEEZE try your art on young Suntop?
Yes: it's a request from me..
Even rarer a thing.
*is overwhelmed by the amout of beauty showing up* - and too tired to comment properly now
Back to THIS awesomeness! I totally love this series of portraits - starting to wait for another one with anticipation and impatience every evening.
Redmane is a very handsome guy - very individual features. PROUD pose! Appealing cheek bones and eyebrows.I like that he looks like an elder - aged slightly in a very good way.
Well working, careful details on his top. Your choice of background brings out his eyes really well! And the shine of his red mane - SPLENDID!
Wolfdancer is an exotic, very appealing male. SEDUCTIVE! He has a bit of Teir ... with Rayek's tan and striking blue eyes. I admit - he fits perfectly in my (virtual) prey-pattern
The shiny golden jewelry, teeth pendants and blue eyes make a wonderful contrast to his dark skin and chestnut hair. Your shading is amazing.
I like the feather adornemwent with the delicate pattern!
P.S.: Is he another member of the new Holt?
Moonmoss ... ... love her soft, dreamy look! WONDERING? Cute snub nose and capturing green eyes. The hair looks so fluffy. Once again I admire the delicate skin and the pattern of light and shadow.
The "simplpe" pattern of the background mimics the forest background nicely.
I've known already about Redmane - nice to meet angelalex' char as well!
Thank you guys! I really like doing these portraits and the square format. I marked your requests. I´m sure I´ll find some time to do these soon. But please mind that tribemembers come first, since we use these avatars for playing. ^^
And here she is! Another amazing elfess - I love her pale and tan colors.
As I stated before - the teasing pose and mischievous expression are gorgeous.
The eyes are matching her top - neat. She's actually looking at me!
This is awesomne to watch!
This "speed up" record and your skills make it look seemingly easy ... elegant.
Thank you! I´ll upload some more soon to show some other approaches and techniques.
@Crucent: Never mind.^^ I always try to draw a line in one quick stroke to make them clean and dynamic and to get that marker-like look. I flip or rotate the canvas to make it more comfortable for my hand. Sometimes I need to repeat until the line pleases me.
@Embala: I know what you mean. I always watch other artist´s videos with open mouth. One can only watch the technique, which is quite simple in most cases, but to handle it properly it takes years and years of practice (in my case, it took 20 years), and massive background knowlege about surfaces and solid figures (like spheres, cubes, etc.) and their behavior in a three-dimensional room, especially when it comes to shading.
Great video- thank you so much for sharing it...I was staring with my mouth open, basically drooling.. What size canvas do you use for these portrait/avatar pictures while you work on them?
It would be great if you posted more stuff about making & tecniques as you said, it's always awesome and inspiring to see how real artists do their stuff- I'm just a hobbyist and am always agog of the talent of the real makers. And sometimes may learn a trick or two.
Photoshop and Wacom..sigh..I used to have those too, before my old computer crashed- and now my laptop won't accept the old Wacom tablet with Windows 7, so I had to buy an el-cheapo Trust tablet and be contented with that and Gimp. But at least I have something to learn to draw with!
Please keep making more magic symbols!
Then you had a good start and early advancement. Still needs a lot of talent ... and patience, effort and ambition to develope such skills *bows*
hahaha, I just can´t help myself but draw. ^^
I must take this time to lay claim onto Truehand since my beloved isn't here on the SoC yet. (I'll get him to join soon enough...)
Gosh he's lovely. <3
Dreamcat I LOVE your character portraits they are WONDERFULL
That is awesome!
oh my, I second jeb, indeed!
The intelligent, almost predatory eyes glint under her dark bangles, subltle scars on the velvety skin show the harshness of the life this Go-Back chieftess endures and expects others to endure too..Still those eyes have joy of life in them too. Such mesmerizing gaze you've made, Dreamcat!
And amazing, full mouth curved in a smile with just the right touch of bitterness..maybe something in her once wanted s softer, simpler life? Or just yearned to be free?
Wonderful work, with details like fur collar so soft I want to touch it!
Thanks for sharing the video, these kind of pictures seem to do take lot of work- but your result is well worth the toil. It's great you share this eye-candy with us.
By the way, I only now saw the larger picture (forgot to click it earlier) and it's funny how there her smile doesn't seem bitter at all, but full of life and challenge and even contempt, as if she's ready to spit on your face any minute, should you give her slightest reason to do so. And there is even more amazing little scars on her skin and other details like that! Wow!
I've now babbled a lot about what feelings etc. this portrait evoked in me- it would be far more interesting to know what you thought while doing it? Any particular things you were aiming for?
Well, you did a good job. It's gorgeous! Kahvi's always been one of my favorites, and as Embala said, it's like you took a picture of her. She's just so much...her!
Ember looks so great in this one- I can almost feel the wolf-blood pounce through her veins..and once again, awesome, marvellous and amazing textures and details- I'm sure that fire will burn a hole to my monitor any moment
Just SO AMAZING!
I saw that Ember on FB and I'm so glad to have tracked down the artist. Between your headshots, the full bodies and everything else... wow, you really do amazing work! Beautiful!
Oakleaf-Holt is now fully faced. xD
Thank you folks! I recently didn´t find much time to draw. But I´ll go for it during the holidays for sure! ^^
Can I ask if you would please consider making a pic of Crucent when you have the time?, if you need to know what she looks like there is my description + pic in The Holtsite, or you can look at my Doodles art-thrad here in the Scroll. I'd love to see what you'd come up with, and I'd be eternally greatful too.
Thank you! I enjoy doing these and they make the holt look nicer. ^^
@Cru: Sure! ^^
Ruske is just gorgeous. O,o love the hair!
WOW! What a work! What a scene!
Really splendid and worth (in my eyes) of Wendy's work!
Drawing all the avatars was a good practise after all.
The male is actually not a Go-Back, but Wolfrider chief of our holt. He recognized the Go-Back chieftess in this scene. We planed this as a hommage to Cutter and Leetah. ^^
Recogntion? That's a relief - I was afriad they migt be fighting over him!
Mistblossom and Badger
I already love your digital portraits, but there is something so great about the marker work. It always seems to capture the motion of the artist so well. The last one has a real old-time comic feel to it. Mistblossom looks like a starlet from the 40's (which I think is a good thing.) Thanks so much for continuing to share these with us.
Thank you Jeb! Hehe, keen eye! In fact, I was watching some old movie while drawing. ^^
And since these colored sketches are quick to do, here´s the next one.
The elder and the youth
Redmane and Blaze
I'm envious. I wish I could do something like that quickly. I love the contrast in their sizes. Looks like she'd be only half as tall as him.