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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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ElementalFaerie Feb 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the trees!

Sorry, it's a weird detail, but your technique in painting them is maaahvelous.
pallanoph Feb 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D Of all trees, I think birches come to me most naturally...
ElementalFaerie 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. ;}
pallanoph 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:
Voracious-Wolf 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:


What do you think? :)
aaronpocock 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.
pallanoph 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
BOONJAGGA Jan 29, 2009  Student General Artist
Very Very Pretty
eoghankerrigan 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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