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It's been a long time since I've posted anything here, and I figured it was time to change that. I recently finished a new painting, "Fortune and Fate", Oil on panel, 20" x 24". I've also included the preliminary drawing.
This piece was created for Sharon Shinn's upcoming novel, "Fortune and Fate", set to be released November 4th, 2008 from Berkley books. My assistant, Kristina (who lurks around here occasionally) was a dead ringer for the main character: right age, hair length, color and body type! I swear the writer looked at her when filling in the details of her novel's character. This is the first book in a new series relating to Sharon's Twelve Houses books, which I also did covers for:
I'll be giving the background castle some more attention when it comes back to the studio, but thought I'd share this piece now.
Nice paintings, good renderings, and i like your sketch, however on the first one it looks like the character is standing in front of a painting, as opposed to being in an environment. I'm not sure how you could fix it, maybe value changes... or edge relationships between the foreground and background are almost too contrasting. Its very tight in the foreground and is very painterly in the background. I'm not really sure what the problem is.
Niice! You know, the thing i love most about your work is that you can put in so much detail into your work and still have it retain its power as a painting. Most of the stuff in this genre tends to look like a too sweet cake with too much icing (if you know what i mean) but with your pics, it all feels like it needs to be there. Hope i made some sense there, if not, my apologies.
Excellent work! I think the hands alone have volumes of info to teach me. Amazing. Can't wait to see what you do with the background when you go back into it like you were suggesting.
Also, your 13th House painting has been one of my all-time favorites ever since I saw it. Just wanted to mention that it's exceptional.
Thanks for sharing!
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The new piece is lovely, as always, although I wish her head weren't quite so centered against the castle. The sword glow is great.
Also, I've always wanted to ask, is this Josh Holloway?
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As if I needed any more reasons to love my job, having a boss that acknowledges my inner badass is wonderful. (And provides me with easy mother's day gifts.) I am definitely going to yoink this one for an avatar. I've always wanted to be painted with my very own Coat of Perpetual-Billowing and a super glowy sword that's +10 against orcs. Stand back Frodo, I'll handle this one.
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And Tristan, I know for a fact that when the AD commissioned the cover for Dark Moon Defender, they said "make it look like the guy from Lost". Though, apparently Donato did TOO good a job, and had to change it a bit for the final.
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Great piece Donato! I knew it was Kristina the moment I saw it. If I had to crit one thing -and this is super nitpicky, is that I would like to have seen the hair blowing in the same direction as the cape. On the other hand, it might ruin the nice shape the hair has framed her face in...so maybe not ?? Okay- don't punch me next time you see me for that
Oh - post that "Shaman" painting !
Very nice work sir !
Beautiful piece Donato,
As always, your handling of the figure and anatomy is superb. I agree with Elwell about the face/head being up against the castle (which might create a conflict of competing interest/details). The face is beautiful as well as those hands and the details in the outfit.
simply fantastic, Thanks for sharring! I especially love the glow on the sword
Very impressive !!! I wish a could see the last 3 ones bigger.....
Keep posting dude! Nice Work !
I saw this posted on your website a few days ago and ooo'd and aaaah'd over it then, and now it's here
I agree with Elwell about the head/castle centering, but that in my opinion is somewhat of a minor point here, as I think it can also be read symbolically.
Needless to say, your work is always a treat.
All the best,
Very nice. Nice to see such good work done in oils.
The quality of light is used to great effect in this piece. All the paintings are wonderful, I'm always excited to see more. I wonder if this is a wraparound cover? is this the first in the series to use that format?
Wow I am surprised only 4 stars? Love your work donato. Nicely rendered pieces, I can't wait to see the revision of the first one that you've posted. Thanks for sharing. I still have a long ways to go.
nice final but i like the drawing you did better... i think too much detail of what she's wearing is lost in the final painting.. eitherway mr donato, you're still an inspiration so keep on posting.
Amazing work as always Mr Giancola!!!
Love the sketch and the touch on this first woman cover.
The guy looks like Sawyer in LOST ahaaha
ohh man, amazing painting (as usual) I cant wait meet you and everyone else at the illustration master class in june!
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Lovely work - I am intigued by the way in which you use colour to organise the paintings as much as composition. Even the 'blacks' in the sword picture are organising things in this way. Very beautiful colour too.
My only crit is that I prefered the more emphatic structure of the cloak in the drawing to the slightly fudged one in the painting - I don't think it would have taken anything away from that fine head you have painted.
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Exceptional work Donato. I also like that your work doesn't look over worked like my many other works in book illustration. I do agree that her head and castle should be divorced a little more. Maybe add a little more darks in the treas directly behind her particularly to her left?