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    Penumbra's Spellbook

    Well I guess now is as good a time as any to make a start...
    Here is a detail from the Medusa piece that I did for chow #100.
    I probably shouldn't have painted at 400 dpi and 20" by 30".
    I think that it lost a bit when I resized it for the chow jpg. It was
    great fun to work on and an excellent topic.

    Penumbra's Spellbook

    This is just a start so that I have some motivation...


    This was one of the first challenges that I tried. I think I have jumped into maybe 8 challenges so far. Bumskee kicked my butt in this one...

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    ...and a wip of my idea for the Spanish Inquisitor guy...still really rough...

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    wonderfull stuff penumbra... Great style

    your entries are always inspiring to work harder and harder!
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    Thanks Vorace I really appreciate your kindness.
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    The Medusa piece is really amazing - I'm glad you posted it large enough to see all of the details that you've put into it. Both of the colored pieces so far have great atmosphere.

    You've got some great rendering down on the head of your Inquisitor, too!

    Do you normally work at such a large scale with your digital pieces and how do you compensate for the processing speed on your computer (so far, I've only really dealt with working as large as 300dpi, max 10"x15")?
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    I love how detailed these pieces are, especially the first piece with all of the armor and such. As has been said already, the colored pieces have really great atmosphere!

    I like the Conquistador too, but he looks a bit strange to me. I don't know if it's because you posted it with only his head shaded or what, but his head looks just a little large to me in comparison with his shoulders. Perhaps it'll make a bit more sense to me once you finish shading the whole thing, but it was just something I couldn't help but notice. Other than that, it's a great start.

    I can't wait to see more of your sketchbook stuff! :]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weenie View Post
    The Medusa piece is really amazing - I'm glad you posted it large enough to see all of the details that you've put into it. Both of the colored pieces so far have great atmosphere.

    You've got some great rendering down on the head of your Inquisitor, too!

    Do you normally work at such a large scale with your digital pieces and how do you compensate for the processing speed on your computer (so far, I've only really dealt with working as large as 300dpi, max 10"x15")?
    Hey thanks for looking... In regards to the file size issue...I started working on the images in sections... but my rig is fairly stout. I have a dual quad-core Boxx running with 8 gigs of ram. I can work pretty large without much slowdown. The Medusa piece, with multiple levels, was running about 600 to 800mbs until I merged the layers. Working in sections can help.

    SArch- thanks for commenting and I am keeping an eye on those proportions as it goes along- his head may be a bit too large- I'll have to watch out for it.
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    Glad to see you've started a sketchbook, your work is both inspiration and amazing

    The coloured pieces really show how confident you've gotten in digital rendering, both top-notch stuff. Makes me want to practice digital colouring myself, although it's still years till I reach your level! But improving is fun, so I'm not complaining that I've got guaranteed fun years ahead

    Your Spanish conquistador has great rendering, I love your pencil shading. Can't wait to see the finished product.
    Keep it up!
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    You got some nice detail here, the medusa is insane! What bothers me about it is that its mirrored, and the fact that it doesn't read as well when zoomed out. It's important to sit back and zoom out every now and then, but I'm sure you know that already.

    Other than that its beautiful, especially the hand holding the globe, thats impressive!

    Oh, btw, i was wondering, are you male or female? (No worries, i'm not trying to hit on you or anything creepy, i'm just curious. )
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    Cool to see you start a sketchbook Not much to say except echoing whats already been said.

    So I will just say, keep your SB updated, would love to see more of you
    "Master storytellers never explain. They do the hard, painfully creative thing-- they dramatize"

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    AsaB-Thanks for looking and I will keep posting even if its just between contracts.

    Slash-thanks for the crits and I will be keeping those comments in mind.
    In regards to your question...I am a human male.

    Duq-Thanks, I am deep in a project but I can always make time for some fun stuff.
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    Great stuff! I admire your talent.
    Ciao
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    I'm also happy to see you have a sketchbook here Do you have a website by any chance? Also, your first piece for Chow reminds me of some coloring technique I've seen in on of the old ABC warriors comic.
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    Hi there,

    Wonderful start to your sketchbook. The Medusa piece is brilliant...just one small crit though, the way in which you've mirrored her armour in order to make it appear symmetrical looks a bit too obvious. It seems to spoil the image somehow, makes it feel too artificial I guess. Perhaps if there where tiny differences in each side, maybe a chip or dent..an imperfection here and there it would help take that feeling away?

    I LOVE the 'Deaths Horse' CHOW entry...you say you got your arse kicked!? Well don't be disappointed because it's an amazingly cool effort!! I like how dark it is, and the regergitating of blood into a birds mouth is a nice touch. Also the hands for the hind feet! They are rendered so nicely. Can't wait to see more from you.

    Cheers,

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