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    Norse War Maiden

    Here is the underdrawing of a piece I'm currently working on. It's of a Norse War Maiden. She's standing in front of a carving in stone of the Midgard serpent, Jormungandr. I didn't finish the detail in the chainmail shirt, knowing I will do so in the painting stage. Also, being an underdrawing, values are only suggested for placement, not for accuracy of final value. I had to splice it together in photoshop for the web, since my scanner isn't big enough. Any comments on improving the drawing would be appreciated. I'm currently working on color sketches and will post them when finished.

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    Her stance is very narrow and dainty for someone holding such a large hammer, and she seems a little off balance, particularly when you pay attention to the weight of her weapons.
    Legs look a little rushed and vague compared to the rest of her.
    Chainmail generally doesn't cling to the breasts like that.
    The arm holding the hammer seems a fair bit beefier than the arm holding the knife.

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    Man I love the design. I love celtic type artwork, and this is going to look great.

    I agree with the above poster, she doesn't seem to actually be holding the weight of the hammer. And this might be my own view, but I would widen her hips out.

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    CAn't wait to see the finished product: this is gonna be really cool I think, and it sounds like you know where ir's going.

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    Your Jormungandr design looks phenomenal. Like LP, I'm not totally sold on the pose of the warmaiden. I agree, she'd probably need a wider stance (even just to sell the weight of the hammer). Also, her hips look a bit too slim.

    As for the chainmail over breasts, LP is right there too, in that the mail would just drape over them. If they are bare underneath, the shape of them would be visible through the rings though (which is probably what you were implying in the sketch anyway.).

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    Actually, ignoring the costuming, her hips look natural. There's something about the line and angle of the costume in concert with the length of the lower torso that creates the illusion of hips that are too slim. But I think it'd be easier to add to the hips than to take away from the torso.

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    As Dave Sim pointed out in an early issue of Cerebus the Aardvark, chain mail without padding underneath is only good if you're turned on by scar tissue.

    As to the piece itself, I find the hammer gets lost a bit in the background. Although depending on colour and lighting, it might not be a big deal in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nezumi Works View Post
    As Dave Sim pointed out in an early issue of Cerebus the Aardvark, chain mail without padding underneath is only good if you're turned on by scar tissue.

    As to the piece itself, I find the hammer gets lost a bit in the background. Although depending on colour and lighting, it might not be a big deal in the end.
    LOL, yeah, I was going to mention that. Chainmail on bare soft tissue would be no fun. It depends on what the artist wants to convey of course. If all fantasies were practical, no one would bother having any. But if you want her to come across as a serious warrior, I'd give her some underpadding. The way she's drawn here suggests a somewhat moderate approach. Even with the gynormous one handed battle hammer.

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