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    Ranarh's Sketchbook, Vol. 2

    I take my sketchbook thread as encouragement to sketch and explore ideas and techniques. My regular sketching surface is a bound A5 sketchbook, 144 pages, 100g/m². Medium used changes often; my favourites include charcoal, gouache, watercolour pencils, and graphite blocks.

    My old sketchbook thread, running until 2nd September, 2016, can be found here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?&t=278955

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    Sketches and study for a three-part series. The three plants are poppies, corn-flowers, and barley; I grew up around such fields, and always loved the view of red and blue dots of short-lived beauty among the laborious cereals.
    I had made photos while working but they weren't good enough, so no progress shots.
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    The finals. 28Χ38cm on paper, inks, pencils, and acrylics.

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    "Dragon Age:Inquisition" Inspired Tarot Cards

    We set out for a session of the pen&paper RPG of Dragon Age, and I felt the need for tarot cards for the player characters, like those for the companions in Inquisition. It came in handy that those are small, and I could try a technique I wanted - painting over printed sketches before finishing digitally.

    I made pencil sketches in original size at 7Χ12cm in my sketchbook, cleaned them up and printed them on Canson 1557 180g/m² paper, broke out my worst watercolours for gritty effects and gave them some washes (gouache and watercolour pencils were also involved), scanned them back in and finished them digitally.
    It then turned out that despite using a printing template, it was quite difficult to align the fronts and backs in the print shop, but it was finally managed more or less, and laminated for endurance.
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    Regrets: I would have liked them to be more art nouveau-ish, and, despite my massive use of digital masks, I'm note sure that the decoratively textured but clean look was achieved well enough (I always tend to the messy painterly), there are some composition errors; and it was fairly annoying that printing was so difficult. They had to be done between jobs, and had I spent more time, they may have become better; so I will chuck any remaining dislike to lack of time.

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    A piece painted for the author of a science-fantasy novel series. The main character has an armour of single pieces floating above him and held onto his body via his pyro-telekinetic power. The trick was to show it's not actually strapped on.

    I used mainly Painter 16's Artists Oils brushes for this one - and of course those fantastically fun Particle Brushes, how could I resist.
    Sketch from found reference, extensive work on the colour scheme following Gurney's explanations about gamut mapping from Colour & Light. Knowing the perceived neutral colour was invaluable.

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    The final.

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    Landscape for my world Genius Loci.
    Please support Genius Loci on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/jenniferlange


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    Landscapes, contι. The ones with the folds are effectively A4, the rest A5. Simple sketches trying to find something that might be worth exploring.


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    great work here, i liked how you add mood on fifth picture of #7
    for your figure drawings i think you can use more colors, especially on skin

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    Pencil and ink pen. Each is A5; I was trying to completely overload the designs, and I think that was succesful

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    Genius Loci is my own fantasy world. This character is member of an order bent on destroying the old in favour of the new. The difficulty was to make her look happy - because the order also is very optimistic, not fanatic - and still make her look somewhat unhinged. And to make embers look good without resorting to good ol' Linear Dodge.

    I started a charcoal sketch in my sketchbook late in the evening. I then thought it might look good to add some oil pastels - I was wrong. But it still served as a colour note.
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    I used textures from chaotic brush strokes and splattered paint in the background, and painted mainly with Painter's Artist's Oils brushes.
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    The character is supposed to have a face with Native American influences, which I found hard in profile, and since I was working without references in this piece, there was a bit of trial and error.
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    The most difficult points I found was the back of the head - I wanted it obscured, but making it too dark gave it too much weight, too bright made the silhouette look weird. Also, firelight is very red, which made it hard to pick colours.
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    The final.
    Find out more about Genius Loci on my blog Starmaker's Gaze: http://starmakersgaze.blogspot.de
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    A quick overdraw of an older costume concept for my world Genius Loci. The concept is from... 2012... and I was pretty influenced by something Palpatine wore in the Star Wars prequels. I spent another hour on it, mainly updating the face to the Native American influence I now use for the world's humans. Most of the metal effect was done by using Painter 16's Blunt Tip Marker with the method changed to Cover instead of Buildup.

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    A creature concept for my world Genius Loci. I used running greyhounds as reference for the movement, the creature itself is influenced by binturongs, bears, and anteaters.
    Find out more about Genius Loci on my blog Starmaker's Gaze: http://starmakersgaze.blogspot.de

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    The final concept.
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    Reworked piece for my world Genius Loci. This illustrates the surreal Area, and some of it changed while i worked on it. For example, the sky is always dark. Also, the perspective and composition were bad. I aimed for a painterly, loose look. I enlarged the canvas to one side, put the tree into perspective, overlaid paint textures to get some nice colour variations, and diversified the flora slightly.
    Find out more about Genius Loci on my blog Starmaker's Gaze: http://starmakersgaze.blogspot.de

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    The previous version from 2013.
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    Another older piece for my world Genius Loci. I love the unsettling effect of the four eyes, even if it's not always easy to calculate the bone structure. The old version wasn't half bad this time (I did use reference then) but I like the new one better, especially the headdress is much better now. Most work was done in Painter 16 to get some painterly brushtrokes.
    Find out more about Genius Loci on my blog Starmaker's Gaze: http://starmakersgaze.blogspot.de


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    I didn't want to flood this thread with all my doodles and scribbles, but it seems a shame to not show any of them, so I thought I'll compile all my (presentable) sketches into one, per month.
    In October, my favourite media was contι and charcoal. You can see I usually use the double-page spread of my A4 sketchbook, and also usually, I draw when I'm out, waiting or not doing anything too engaging.

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