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One Dark Autumn by Lindowyn One Dark Autumn by Lindowyn

I must have lost my mind attempting to paint this. Yep...I submitted an actual deviation that wasn't a photomanipulation or a photograph. :|

Seriously, my hand is going to fall off and I'm so tired I'm welcoming this little hand rebellion because I can't actually blame it.


I used a photograph and painted over it to make the background because I'm not brave enough to try my own completely yet BUT--It is my own photo, and I took it for this purpose. I can't paint for crap.

The figure was referenced from another photo, the rest of that set (if you are interested) can be found in my stock account. This particular image is not posted. However, the figure itself was referenced ONLY. Not a paintover.

The embroidery was referenced from Elrond's sash from the LOTR movies. This character is an OC from our LOTR roleplaying game. His name is Firen, which is made to mean "Dark Autumn", hence the title.

Thanks so much to =joannastar, =cryingsorceress and *TheArcher777 for all the crits along the way to help.

Photoshop 7: About 12 hours total.
Print does not bear watermark.

Will probably go back later and correct any nitpicky things I find along the way, but for now I'm content enough. (even though my hand is not)

:rose:Details of face available here:[link]

Trust me, the details are worth viewing. :D
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LuisaPreissler Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, it looks pretty good so far. I understand that you did an overpaint for the background, I only recently tried out painting detailed backgrounds and it is hard work :D But also fun ^^

The skintones fit the overall piece, I would suggest not only to use midtones, but also more stronger highlights ;)
Lindowyn Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
You found me! D: D: And thank you!

My most recent painted thingy is in my scraps actually. They take me so long to do that I usually just wind up manipulating photos instead. I'm working on a really big digital painting right now, so sometime within the next yeeeear or so it might get uploaded here. :lol:
Enyalia Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
*gives cookie* this looks like a lot of hard work went into it..and it paid off :) .and it I makes me want to know the story of Firen..
AlexandraRena Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
This is absolutely wonderful! I demand more of your poor hands! :D
Zulias Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Wow, this came out wonderfully. Not only is it wonderfully painted, but that model is damn sexy. I mean, I'm straight and everything, but this fellow, wow. amazing.

Lindowyn Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
I'm going to kick your ass. My foot---> your ass.

(but I'm glad you like it ;) )

Stop staring at yourself in the mirror! Weird things happen when you do that for too long. 0.0
cryingsorceress Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
Oh, yes, the details are definitely worth viewing!
This is so different from the WIP. I just love what you did to his shirt! The background is really nice too; I'm glad that you didn't use a photograph. It looks so dreamy and everything fits together so well! :heart:
Lindowyn Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
:rofl: I DID incorporate a photo silly head. BUT-- I worked my ass off to get it to look this way. >.< Thanks so much!
cryingsorceress Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Well, silly me, but it doesn't look like a photo! :poke:
Selfish-Eden Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
Beautiful job!
Driven-Crazy Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
Great work! That is a wonderful painting.
HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
Oh man.. that's just not fair! I can't even paint proper stick figures! lol lol again..

But anyway, love love LOVE teh color scheme.. it's so rich somehow.. you did a great job hon!
joannastar Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
He's fabulous - I really love this :clap:
I hope you do :iconmoarplz: paintings like this soon, I think you have a real talent for it :nod: :hug:
Mithgariel Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Looks damn awesome if you ask me ;) And man, he is hot. I usually don't likes elves, but to be honest, I wouldn't mind shagging this one :p
You've done a great job. *sends some firewolves over to massage your hand and other parts*
Elysium-Arts Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that rocks :w00t: and yeh i love details like the embroidery i was just musing how i find alot of characters clothing bland because of lack of details like that... so it joys me to see it
YWYH-s--Morelenmir Featured By Owner May 16, 2008   General Artist
Totally agree with the "smexy" comment above. :giggle: Awesomeness of Firen! :w00t:
TheArcher777 Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Livvie, you're drooling a bit there....I'm so telling your father. :giggle:
Lindowyn Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
:ohnoes: You scare me lots. This is what you get when you say "draw Firen!" you know. Call it a graduation gift because I'm poor. Perhaps I will bring you bagels if painting dedication is odd. 0.0
TheArcher777 Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooo, bagels! no worries though, Mom will probably stock up on bagels for you because you know how she knows you like them!! ^^ Painting dedications rock my sox! And my boxorz! :b0x0rz:
Lindowyn Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
You're wearing boxers?!?!?
TheArcher777 Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist

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