Lovely lovely lovely!! Every single bit of it. My favorite are the 5th and last; you've positioned them in such strange poses from unfamiliar angles, but they look so BEAUTIFUL! Wonderful choice of reference, or whatever it is that you did.
Did you take reference pictures yourself? Or did you stumble across them and use already existing reference? I'd love to know.
To be honest I dont really like these.
I mean... theres no doubt to your technical skills, yeah, very effective.
I miss the story though. These have a stunning "form" but very little "to say".
Not that, I would do better
WOW - you got some very strong expressions here.
Amazing these are done traditionally, you don't see a lot of traditional work on this level around in these digital days. Delightful!
How long do you spend on a piece?
Thanks everyone for the kind words and helpful criticism, it's much appreciated.
To answer a few questions:
Define: I shoot reference myself most of the time, and usually take a couple hundred pictures. I tend to photoshop the head from one, body from another etc... and draw and paint from that. (every once in awhile I get a picture that works almost perfectly straight out of the camera) I do use stock photos occasionally, and have no philosophical objection to painting straight from a stock photo, (so long as it has been properly licensed) but thus far, whenever I use them I seem to stitch so many different pics together that it looks nothing like the original source.
Marina: about 3 days to 3 weeks, depending on how complex or difficult the imagery.
To anyone who is interested: There is a timelapse video of the 3rd from the bottom painting up on my blog.
The third to last picture definitely has the best finish and the best unity when it comes to texture and colour. But I agree that there is something wrong with the arm to our right. It's as there isn't anything between the elbow piece of her armour and her chest.
What I mean about unity: the style you seem to be going for is one where you want the polish and realism to be so high that you forget it's paint you're looking at. I think the third to last picture is the only one of this batch where you've REALLY got that working. Great work!
I'm glad I saw these, I love them... you just kinda get lost staring into them. They have a lovely classic feel and the women in armour retain that feminine touch. Your use of colour is amazing and beautiful.
Thank you for uplifting my day