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WIP: Elaishar and Halaina, Grisaille + Color by Hestia-Edwards WIP: Elaishar and Halaina, Grisaille + Color by Hestia-Edwards
When I planned this painting, I wanted to make it big enough so I could paint the eyes as I couldn't do on a smaller scale. I'm also adding color all around.

So now, before I go further...How can I take this from a "WIP" to "Finished"? What suggestions do you have?

1. I will probably add more fine brush work to make the hair more stringy, with highlights. 
2. I planned adding a dark brown wash over the background, so the cool shades would pop. What do you think?
3. I will probably continue to make the eye whites less...White. Maybe shadows indicating eyelids? I probably should do something with her lips, too. 
4. The eyes I will keep the most vibrant, but should I strengthen the color everywhere else, or keep the tainted vintage look?

Thanks for your feedback. :)


It looks like this with just grisaille: fav.me/dcajlsi

It looks like this without paint: fav.me/dbtks2f

These are characters presented in my first comic, Concerning Rosamond Grey. You can read it here:
 fav.me/d7pi52p



For easier reading, check out the comic at: rosamondgrey.smackjeeves.com

Synopsis:
In the late 19th century, little Rosamond Grey sneaked into the woods one night, and was found unconsciousness the next day.  For years afterwards she suffers from seizures from an unknown ailment. Dr. Glass is loosing hope for her cure, until a strange foreigner hints of a different cause…

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mchoi14 Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's a lot of things that I think are good with this piece.

The thing that tied everything together was the background. It has a really nice textured look to it and the colors help to make the characters pop out while not clashing harshly. I also like the lining of the initial lines of the hair and horns. They help to give detail without being too distracting.

The main problem I can see is with the anatomy. Both of your characters have their eyes too close to the top of their head. While there are styles where the forehead is nonexistent, I don't think that's what you were going for here.

The last main issue I see is that your texture lining gets a bit "lazy" at certain points. You can see it in the hair of the girl. The outer layers of hair are well done and the lines go down and follow the hairline; however, in the inner layers it seems sloppily done or rushed. You can also see it in the girl's eyebrows, where the sketchy outline contrasts with the crisp lining of the rest of the piece. 
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Hestia-Edwards Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment. :) I hadn't thought about the small forehead before I posted this picture, and you are the second to bring that up. I will apply this advice when I practice drawing my characters.

I "finished" this piece, which you can see here:
  Elaishar and Halaina Portrait by Hestia-Edwards
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Hydrofluorid Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Student Digital Artist
nice work, we can easily tell the emotions you wanted to depicture.the hair of the woman should be darker when it is inside because of the shadow. try casting some shadow on the collar. use a photo of a face as a reference to correct the face placement issuesyou have. the most notable is that the eyes are too high. they are normally based on the mid part of the skull. the nose is a bit too long. for aesthetic, try connecting the nose whith the eyes, it always gives a nice impression. the main issue to correct in the drawing is the shading. overall its great.
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Hestia-Edwards Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment. :) Do you think making the background a dark brown would help or detract from the painting?
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:iconhydrofluorid:
Hydrofluorid Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Student Digital Artist
no,its more about your character being darker. but this will play only if you put elements in the drawing, for instance, it could have been a mountain and a sea.
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MrRemoraman Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dude, this is gorgeous! Fantastic stuff!
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Hestia-Edwards Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you. :D Do you have suggestions on how to make it even better?
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:iconmrremoraman:
MrRemoraman Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dunno. Your art style is pretty perfect considering the story, soo..I got nothing
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Hestia-Edwards Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, thank you. :)
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