Tysoe’s Art Blog

My wife’s D&D Character

by on Apr.13, 2010, under General

This painting had been bugging me for a while. It’s been hanging on the wall above my monitor for a couple of months now. This weekend I thought I’d take it down and touch it up in a few areas where it lacked a little something. Both the fantasy paintings I did were not really to my satisfaction so I decided to show them put them up small.

I’m quite pleased with the retouched version, Subtle changes were made that I feel made a difference. Originally Silverstein was supposed to be an Elven Cleric with proficiency with the Bow. But most of her powers in the game were from a divine power source. So I had her pointing her finger intending to add a magic effect. In the end I decided I didn’t want any fancy effects at her finger tip and wanted to show that she also used  a Bow.

In the original painting I always intended her to be drawing an arrow from her quiver behind her head but it always looked funny. This weekend I realized that the problem was the hand being superimposed in front of her hair so that it looked like she was firing an invisible arrow. I painted in some extra hair obscuring the hand a little and it made all the difference.  I definately didn’t want to add an arrow obscuring her face.

Funny how the little details can make subtle differences. I have begun to notice these things more and more lately. I suppose thats one of those things that develop as you improve as an artist.

Other little things I added were reflections of the sky in shiny areas. Unfortunately  these are quite subtle and didn’t come out well in the photo.

1 comment for this entry:
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    Interesting thoughts here. I appreciate you taking the time to share them with us all. It’s people like you that make my day 🙂

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