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Foolhardy Quest by pallanoph Foolhardy Quest by pallanoph
The (mostly?) finished product that I have been producing WIPS of for the past month or so. It's been a delightful struggle and a valuable lesson. 

Commission for ~Riitual of a (crazy!) Bretonnian knight on his faithful mount, determined to run off a sea serpent that has been threatening the coastline. He spares no expense! And who knows? Maybe valor will save the day, and the sea serpent will find softer food to chew on. :XD:

This was done mostly in watercolor, with final adjustments/effects in acrylics, gouache, and white ink. Surprisingly, the gouache handled highlights far better than the acrylic. This only reinforces my love for gouache, of course. If I had time, I'd do a million little paintings with it.  

"Fun" story: The acrylic started dominating the painting after I experienced a mishap involving the acrylic paint and my very long hair, which I'd forgotten to tie back. It was a while before I noticed I had spotted the bottom half of the painting with blobs of purplish paint. So, I made do. Not bad for doing without ctrl+z. (Hey, is it me, or do the files look duller on dA than they do before uploading? Because I swear it doesn't look this desaturated in person. Hmmmm...)

EDIT 11.10.13: Serpent has been modified to include a shadow cast from his far horn, and values and saturation have been adjusted to display better on screen. Hope it looks alright!

Previous WIPs:

Digital color sketch:  

First WIP: 

Previous WIP:

Specs: Winsor and Newton artists' watercolors, Golden acrylics, Winsor and Newton gouache, and ink on Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, 14x20" (35.56 x 50.8 cm) 

Art April Schumacher, Bretonnian knights Games Workshop. Do not utilize in any way, shape, or form that can be construed as plagiarism, please and thank you. (If you do, the watermarks say "Eff you!")
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you knocked that one out of the park!  Great Stuff.
LBAMagic Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow. totally wild. :happybounce: 
GalopaWXY Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohgod. I've drawn a dragon at sea as well this year for my dad's present, but you appear to have suffered a lot more than I did drawing the sea XD Water is so hard.
Fantastic work April!!  I saw this when Jason gave us a tour of your guy's home, impressive.
pallanoph Dec 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Duane! 
Hecci666 Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely stunning :) Particularly the waves
Deception-Betrayed Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is amazing!  I love the amount of detail you put into everything!
Vaalandil Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ElementalSpirits Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly amazing! It's been a pleasure to watch this develop from initial ideas to final piece, and the brilliant "glows" from the sun behind the characters, and especially the fins, is just fantastic. It's a joy to see online and must be to times more so in person!
And I just have to add how much I like your waves!
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