Spear Maiden by megaflow

Spear Maiden

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Added: Feb 16, 2004
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A Game of Thrones CCG art. I enjoyed doing the desert environment for this one - especially figuring out how to do the dune texture in a satisfying way. Fun stuff.

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Guest's picture

oh cmon man, that is peerless! Can you be hired? Ever heard of an Irish epic called the Tain bo Culainn? I need you.

megaflow's picture

Kay! How wonderful to hear from you - thanks a lot for the great comments. I was struck by the beauty of the "waves" as I was looking up reference for this piece, and I thought they'd work well to help round out the composition. I glad you liked it! Thanks...

Guest's picture

Oh Patrick I just love this. You did the sand so well. The waves in it are inspiration. I would have never thought to do that detail. Amazing.

megaflow's picture

Thanks so much, Isaac! Of course, ( and as an artist you're probably the same way with your art) I always see all the little flaws in each piece even if no one else does, and it drives me nuts... But thanks for the great comment!

downing's picture

Absolutly flawless!

megaflow's picture

Much appreciated, Dean! She did come out quite fetchingly, I have to admit (that's what the client asked for on this one). Thanks!

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Thank you, Uwe! It's good to know my stuff's getting looked at..!

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Thanks, Leo - that's quite a compliment! I still think I'm learning about skin rendering, but maybe that's because I'm always going to be learning... which is good I suppose... Smile -- But I'll keep the focus on

sdeanbloom's picture

She's a beauty! I love the way you did the shadows!

j-art's picture

really always a joy to see with what you come up - you did very well with the dune texture, and i really love her pose - excelent piece again !!!

leowinstead's picture

Great pose! It really conveys a sense of anticipation. The rendering of her flesh is great too. You should do a tutorial on flesh, Patrick. Great stuff!

megaflow's picture

Hey, thanks, Boy Wonder! I'm always sort of learning as I go, but I do actually have a small tutorial in the works that covers some of this.

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Thanks, Kurtis - I was pretty happy with the placement of the plants too! It was a sudden inspiration after my initial sketch, as I was looking for reference, and I just kind of painted it in on the fly. -- BTW, You'll have to post some of your Oils in WIP so we can all have a look!

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All is cool, monkey boy.

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Thanks a bunch, Sean! Glad you dug it.

megaflow's picture

No problem, dude - I like to talk, you like to listen. Everybody's happy!

thrax-1's picture

holy crap batman!.that has to be one of the most realistic dune scenes i have seen.i hope oneday youll provide a tutorial for painting your characters with your newly acquired technique,that is bloody good work there Smile.

niveus's picture

patrick, this is stunning, I love those dunes they were well worth the time, but I am most impressed by where you chose to put the vegetation, very insightfull. Also I love the shadows behind here, how the blend with her leg, I am just learning that shadows dont have to stand out in my oil painting class that is why I noticed, but very nice work.

christar's picture

Please forgive me, I am feeling a little maniacal.

pageaxe's picture

Nice illo Patrick,she looks great.Man,you really got that desert and sand dune thing down partner.Just the right amount of warm and cool contrasts.Coll piece Patrick!

christar's picture

Good answer! I command you to answer all of my questions no matter how stupid!! It's so fun leaving a comment on your work cause I always know I'll get a response from you. My fellow art monkey.

megaflow's picture

thanks, Chris... Hmm... no formula, or else I'd be a lot more successful than I am! -- I try to listen to Pyle's advice; put myself in each scene, trying to feel what it would be like to be there. And sketch it from a number of different angles to try to find varied ways to look at it. Also, for me, I try to find at least one "hook" for my own interest - something I haven't done before, or try to do in a new way. -- Not a formula really, just habit. Smile

megaflow's picture

Thanks a lot, Stan! I'm very happy everyone is liking the environment - it's always good to try new things. And gold is always fun too (as you know!)

christar's picture

What is your basic formula for a "Succesful" image? I like the dune texture a lot.

megaflow's picture

Thanks, Christine! It was all good fun EXCEPT for her shading - I wanted it pretty smooth but not too air-brushy. That took a while until I got it where I wanted it!

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I'm glad you liked it, Rita! Thanks!

megaflow's picture

Thank you, Andres! I gathered a lot of reference for this one, so I was prepared for all the shapes and shadows.

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Thanks, Chris! I was happy with that purple, too... You should have seen the layer with all the sand textures on it - I knocked it to about 30%, then erased most of it, until I got to where I thought it looked OK without being overpowering. Less is more! Glad you liked it.

swisnie's picture

Patrick, very nice, angular pose. I agree with the others, the sand environment was exceptionally successful. Also, the gold has just the right feel to it.

chrissyk's picture

The sand looks Awesome! The texture is couldn't be more perfect! I also love the gold and the shading on her Smile

Art at its best.