After looking through your art, I finally have to comment and tell you how impressed I am with your skill and attention to detail. Your armor looks so natural and believable, as if it would look this good were it made in real life as well. Also, you are now one of my favorites for a few reasons, one of them being that you create strong women characters in your art, in a very respectful light, something that should be more prevalent nowadays than it is. LOVE IT.
Huge thanks for your great compliments. I am stoked you like the grounded nature of the design in my work, I try to keep things at least looking like they would function as they were intended, I know that in reality they are still way over the top and wouldn't really work but you have to work within the confines of the brefis and setting. I do appreciate the comment about heroic/strong women chareacters, bare midrifs and chainmail thongs are just so cheap and weak, unfortunately mant would disagree.
I found this wonderful illustration, we feel the status of the elf to her stern face and her proud posture. I like the composition and layout, without forgetting the details and especially the chainmail that is really beautiful. You are really talented and each of your creations is a source of inspiration. Bravo
Really wonderful concept here. I mean, it has that sort of hardened warrior look, yet it still captures many elegant things that defines her race regardless of the life she's lived. The wind picking up her hair and loose garbs helps insinuate that especially with the flow. But yeah, definitely one of the nicest elven inspired works I've found that manages to define the atmosphere just right for the setting.
Thanks again, your kind of commentary makes relook at my work and make sure it is working top to bottom. I am not sure I look at it as closely as you do, but will do from now on, thanks for pushing me a bit more.
Wow...simply wow as I always thought the illustration to the "Legendary General" epic destiny was one of the best in the book (yeah, I think my inner geek is showing!)
I especially love the armor design involving plates and chains (really an underused element in fantasy art) and constructed in such as way as to feel both fantastic but also functional. Also, you were able to portray this elven...er...Eladrin figure (which is stereotypically physically frail) as both attract but possessed of an almost tangibly physical power.
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I hope the armour looks like iy would work, to at least some level. Sometimes it is really hard to get the high fantasy look and functional in the same armour design. Learnt a lot in the film desgn about what will translate into something a person could wear and fight in. Saying that I am not sure that could be sadi for this piece, just the illusion of it...hopefully.
It's obsevation really, and understanding how and why armour works. I leart heaps from the likes of John Howe and turning armour designs into something an actor could wear and use on LOTR and Narnia. I wouls recoomend going to medieval reinactors and havign a really good look and chat with folks how know how to make and wear the real item, and then go from there. Museums are good and of dourse books and the net. It's all about the function, design comes from there.