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Self Portrait: Guardian no. 1 by pallanoph Self Portrait: Guardian no. 1 by pallanoph
Here's the companion piece to Self Portrait: Guardian no. 2. (of course... silly me.) This time its Norling. Again, this is soft pastel, I have (temporarily, I hope) sworn off pastel after accidentally destroying a piece with a sweatshirt.
There are other reasons for my pastel hiatus, though. I feel that it failed to suit some of my techniques properly (oops sorry) and I have ruined several of these pieces on accident, and also the dust severely irritates my skin (I have some sort of eczema) and it makes my hands scaly, red, and they feel very very painful. Also, my apartment is small and I don't think I could handle all the dust! :XD:

Besides, pastel is not an easy thing to scan, I feel that it takes some of the life out of the colors and it can look a little dead sometimes.

But enough of my rambling excuses. This drawing means a lot to me regardless. Here it is, for you to enjoy and comment and critique. :)

Copyright character and design (c) April Schumacher
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:iconelementalfaerie:
ElementalFaerie Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the trees!

Sorry, it's a weird detail, but your technique in painting them is maaahvelous.
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D Of all trees, I think birches come to me most naturally...
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:iconelementalfaerie:
ElementalFaerie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE birches! For the bark. And Oaks for the leaves and shape of the tree.

But anyway yah they were pretty, so good job. ;}
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Completely agree... two of my most favorite trees, along with pines and beeches. And maples.... Ok, I like trees :XD:
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Voracious-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I have a guardian as well! He is nameless, so I refer to him simply as Guardian.
Here he is:

[link]

What do you think? :)
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aaronpocock Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
Pstel's a devilish medium... far too easy to ruin. I didn't take to it due to it's impermanence. There're far too many negatives for my liking. That said... what a beautiful image... Lovely use of light April.
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thank you! And yes, it sure is temperamental! I would consider getting back into it if I had the proper workspace, had large flat files to store them in, and... didn't have eczema.
But we'll see what the future brings, won't we? :D
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:iconboonjagga:
BOONJAGGA Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Student General Artist
Very Very Pretty
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:iconx-blackvelvet-x:
x-blackvelvet-x Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
I adore the ears
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:iconeoghankerrigan:
eoghankerrigan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Is this another class piece? Man, my college teachers would hate me doing something like that for drawing and painting classes :noes:.
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure is... and they almost did hate it, but I'm slippery and managed to get away with it! :mwahaha:
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:iconeoghankerrigan:
eoghankerrigan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Lucky :/. They hated my creature sketches when I went for my interview, but in hind-sight it was probably a bad idea to bring them :XD:.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think I'll be bringing these fellas with me anywhere serious, don't worry! :D :D
Professionals just don't get along with them very well :XD:
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eoghankerrigan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Aw that's a shame :/. Couldn't you go into the illustration or design business or something? That's what I'd love to do :D.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, definitely. Just haven't found the right publishers yet, and I'm not looking hard enough! Perhaps I should even go bother some of the game people, you know, the RPG crowd, even though I don't play anything like that, some of my stuff just might appeal to them... Doing illustrations for that would be awesome.
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eoghankerrigan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
:nod: Certainly would be.

p.s. Sorry for all the messages :XD:.
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha ha! No problem, I find it amusing :D
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
I think that it really is significant and says a lot about you as a person that you didn't make yourself the center of the piece. To me it's quite refreshing to have an off centering and an original creature acompanying you! =)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I completely agree! I never have been one for self portraits, for many different reasons. The two pieces were originally a trio. The middle had a small portrait of me looking straight on with trees behind me. I'm not happy with how it turned out, so I didn't include it... maybe I'll re do it in the future???
I love my critters! :D
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:iconeviecats:
Eviecats Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
I always say one cane never have enough self portraits! =) I hope you do post it in the future! I'd love to see =)
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
why thank you! I just might.... I rarely draw myself, unless its a stupid lil' doodle! :XD:
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:iconeviecats:
Eviecats Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
A doodle is still progress! (This sucks, but a recent me one!) [link]
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Nice... are you raising your eyebrow a bit??? :XD: I like!
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:iconeviecats:
Eviecats Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
I'm sure I am.. LOL thinking "am I really doing this???" :XD:
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:lmao: yes indeedy!
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:iconkarasu-no-yami:
Karasu-no-Yami Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh very pretty! I really like the ears!
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thank you! (some fellow students once thought they were wings, lol)
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:iconkarasu-no-yami:
Karasu-no-Yami Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :) Really? O.o
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, made me laugh. Not at them, but at the concept itself. I pictured him using them to fly... :lmao:
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Karasu-no-Yami Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I was too after you said some thought they were wings XD I also find it funny when someones character has the wings right near the butt, and they're small. Would kind of be awkward to fly with wouldn't they? :rofl:
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
oh, definitely! :lmao: I can't even begin to picture that :D
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:iconkarasu-no-yami:
Karasu-no-Yami Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
-cackle- :rofl:
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:iconlg-young:
LG-Young Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Wonderfully strange and fascinating creatures, your guardians.

As I said earlier, pastel dust is eeee-vil... :evillaugh:
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It sure is... absolutely evil! Not good for the lungs!
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:iconlg-young:
LG-Young Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Me + pastels = "Atchoo!" :sneeze:
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DarkMustangSoul Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice. I love the colors and the character. He's very cool looking.
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I do feel that this did him justice... :D
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:icondarkmustangsoul:
DarkMustangSoul Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome. :)
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