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Intent by pallanoph Intent by pallanoph
(EDIT: Altered the color to be a bit brighter. How does he look?)

I'm on a colored pencil spree at the moment. Bear with me! (If you'd like. :P)

My pallanoph assassin character Tjardek has been neglected just a bit in terms of color, especially when it comes to those crazy eyes of his. (The term is heterochromia iridum, and he suffers no loss of function in the pale eye, just for the record.) Given that he is raised alongside his pale eyed brother, Sorstan, in the midst of the amber/brown eyed Teirn tribe, he's regarded as more than a bit unsettling in terms of appearance. He's also considered dangerous, and his temperament can be unpredictable. One would do best not to provoke him at all.

So. Here he is, being his creepy lurker self, no doubt going after a target. I fear for whoever he's looking at. :noes:

I'm a little on the fence about how his coat color looks here, as well as the overall lighting/shadows. Guess it's a lesson I'll learn over time. The pale eye looks a bit strange regarding shadows as well. (Also, why did I think it was a good idea to put that branch so close to his eye?) Those are silver fir needles, by the way. :la:

On another note, I think I will enable critiques for this piece. So if you want to leave one in the box, by all means do so, or just leave it as a comment. :) I appreciate any feedback you may have.

Derwent and Caran d' Ache colored pencils on tobacco Mi-Teintes pastel paper, 9"x4"

Tjardek, pallanoph species, and art © April Schumacher. Please do not utilize. Thank you!
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In this picture we can see many fine matched colours. It's amaizing that this is drawn by hands. It looks like a photo when we are looking from afar.
These eyes have piercing gaze. They are looking straight to us. It's a gentle look. I love how the pupils are shaded and lighted. They look very lively.
The fur colours are bright and beautiful.
Pine needles are finely colored. The green hues are correctly matched.

Whole art is a great job. It maybe looks simple for the first look but I'm sure it have taken long time to look like this. :)
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Sleipnr Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I've never worked with colored pencils to any great degree myself, but this is absolutely beautiful! It's truely amazing what some people can do with those things! Excellent work on the fur textures and gradients, looks so real!
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twin0p Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think that the branch near his blue eye frames it nicely. The attention is drawn around the photo.
As well, I think a black coat with grey/silver highlights would suit him better.But that could just be me :$
I love this<3
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CriminalSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful! I love the shading and tones! :la: Lovely job :nod:!
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MadamMelanquet Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
This is just stunning. I'm not one for writing out long-winded, drawn out critiques, and I'm not much of an artist even when it comes to the humble stick figure, but as far as I can see this image is amazing. His eyes draw me into the image, and it's almost as though I'm looking through a small glass window, and he's standing on the other side looking right back at me, his face serious and sombre. He reminds me of a man who knows too much... Or someone who has seen something that really can't be forgotten, no matter how hard they try to defer their thoughts.

I don't know; I sound silly but that is, all in all, what I see.

I hope you will let everybody know when your books are out to be purchased by the public. I know I'll certainly be one of the first few in line. You never know --- I might even camp out if it means that I get to meet the mastermind behind these amazing characters! <3

Pffhaha. Well, this message is longer then planned, but I think I said everything that I had to be said. Please, keep us updated!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
An extremely late reply, so I'll hope you forgive me. That aside, thank you very kindly! :aww: You've seen his character as I have imagined him, and character is not something I'm very successful at conveying.

As soon as any of this comes to fruition, I'll be sure to let you and the rest know. I can only hope I can find the time and energy in life's spare moments to finish. Once again, thank you very much... and I'm sorry it took me so long to say so. :forgiveme:
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karabrainface Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
coloured pencils are my FAVE!!!!!! absolutely OUTSTANDING!!!
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PachoMatrtaj Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Nothing more to say than just wow!
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
He looks so mysterious and almost sad. Like he has the eyes of a wizened warrior and a thousand lifetimes worth of memories. (Though I suppose if the pictured continued into a big, ear-to-ear grin, he'd look more creepy/psycho haha)
I have such a damned time working with colored pencil, I almost refuse to believe that this gorgeous piece was created in them! Lovely work as always.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
He does probably acquire a pretty worn and world weary sort of look nearer to the end of the novel. :nod: So it's awesome you can see that in him. :D

Of course, it really helps if you have awesome colored pencils and use paper with at least some tooth. (Smooth finish is really no good, in my opinion.) I have recently discovered Caran d'Ache colored pencils, and they are gorgeous (though unfortunately, very expensive.) :noes:
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I must get my hands on some. I have a box with 160 or so Prismacolor pencils but I'm afraid to touch them x_x
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