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Sketch Commission - The Failed Guardian by jocarra Sketch Commission - The Failed Guardian by jocarra
Sketch commission for =Sevian, once again of his beautiful Irago creatures.

~2 hours Adobe Photoshop CS5.
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:iconwildwildlizzy:
wildwildLizzy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful in all it's simplicity...clean lines, lovely lighting...
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:thanks: <3
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:iconnoobertk:
Noobertk Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
so beautiful
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012   General Artist
This looks like a cat humanoid with an extended neck if you were to ask me, however that does not take away from the reverence of this creature and the way it is. I is a very formidable set of emotions expressed as they are safe for that which is dead, she should have lived. That is also some nice work you did on the human as it is rough beaten and scratched and the way you posed it is quite extensive as well, for being only done in two hours. I like the fact it uses crosshatching marks for shading has it does add to the point of being a black and white sketch, in an otherwise digital landscape, very well done. :) :thumbsup:
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, =Sevian wants to work on making her anatomy a little less humanoid. I kind of just default to humanoid torso anatomy when I'm not sure what else to do x_x Haha.

Thank you very much, once again :)
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:iconaquilla-whingate:
Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   General Artist
Welcome
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:iconsilverimoonlight:
SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautifully done. The roughness of your brushstrokes really adds to the emotion of the image.
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :thanks: I was really tempted to clean it up a bit, to make it a bit softer, but was torn between roughness and softness. I'm still torn, to be honest, but I'm glad you like it as it is :)
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Sevian Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually rather like the roughness of this image. I'm often torn between a more detailed commission and the rough sketch simply because I like your rough sketching style. This image doesn't need a lot of detail to portray the mood and sometimes too much takes away from it.
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah. A friend of mine is very fond of sketches (which is convenient, because she excels at pumping out sketches quickly) and swears that there's a kind of life and vibrancy in them that can often be missing from finished work. Something about the roughness and ambiguity of the lines makes the sketch somehow more open to interpretation, while clean lineart is so... absolute. Y'know?

Which is why I admire *muju's work so much. His gallery is here - he has really meticulously detailed stuff, but then he has awesome sketchy stuff that I wish I could do :b He also has very cheap commissions! I was keeping my eye out for when he was accepting more, but now that I'm moving, I don't know if I should :b
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:iconsevian:
Sevian Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I do rough sketches, the sloppiness of the end result seems to add to the feel of the image. It's more reflective of how I felt when drawing it. When you refine an image, you lose the harshness of the lines, and the mood of the artist. To me the style of the artwork needs to relate to the image you want presented. If you want an emotive piece, it can be best to leave it unrefined whereas a character study, portrait or inanimate object not requiring that personal touch can be best refined and smoothed over with lots of fine detail.

I think trying putting too much detail into my art killed my desire to create more. I'd spend hours a day refining a piece and never being happy with it only to look back on the original sketch and realize it's nowhere near my original concept.
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, that sounds a lot like my friend's problem. Part of the reason why she did so many sketches, and so few finished pieces, is because the finished pieces were never... satisfactory. They lost something along the way, died somehow. But it frustrated her to only have "crappy" sketches in her gallery and portfolio.

"To me the style of the artwork needs to relate to the image you want presented. If you want an emotive piece, it can be best to leave it unrefined "

Heh, I have difficulty with this. One of my long-standing challenges in art is that I tend to overwork pieces. I have great difficulty working in a "painterly" style, partly because I had a background as a black and white graphite artist, not a painter, and partly because I'm so OCD that all that touchy-feely texture and flavour of a rough fast painterly style gets blended and detailed away :b

"I think trying putting too much detail into my art killed my desire to create more."

That's a shame :( I'm sorry to hear. Maybe try to do a sketch a day kind of thing? I've always found it difficult to hold true to it, but it may help a little! Kind of like the Iron Artist challenges, or whatever.
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome :)
If you're undecided about which version you like best, you could always do a secondary
version of a cleaner drawing. Personally, I think the roughness of the sketch adds
character and emotion to the image :)
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't usually like fussing with images too much after I'm "done", otherwise I'd never be able to finish anything! But yes, I could always try if I was curious enough :b
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WhiteWolfMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
it's so beautiful :heart:
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :thanks:
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:iconwhitewolfmoonlight:
WhiteWolfMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
you welcome ^^
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:iconsevian:
Sevian Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks awesome. I love how you captured the mood. Thank you. :)
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're super welcome :) Thanks again for the support!
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:iconsevian:
Sevian Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem at all. I enjoy seeing interpretations of my characters through someone else, especially when I no longer have the drive to create them myself..
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I know how that feels :b Even after taking an extended break from commissions, I still have difficulty finding motivation for my own work x_x
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:iconiametoh:
IamETOH Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work.
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconiametoh:
IamETOH Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Of course ~
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:iconmusician-moo:
Musician-Moo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such wonderful detail, and strong emotion. :)
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, I'm glad you think so :)
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:iconfoxipaws:
Foxipaws Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Wow...
I saw this and it actually took my breath away.
So much emotion there, its unreal!
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, wow, thank you so much! I really appreciate it :)
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:iconfoxipaws:
Foxipaws Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
You're very welcome! :D
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:iconashwolf-forever:
AshWolf-Forever Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow. Just wow. Stupid question, but do you do dragons?
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:thanks: I try to do just about anything ;P But yes, I like dragons :3 I just don't draw them terribly often.
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:iconashwolf-forever:
AshWolf-Forever Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool.
I'm trying to design the dragons in my world. There bipeds so... this kinda reminded me of it. :D
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, cool :)
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:iconashwolf-forever:
AshWolf-Forever Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. They are a challenge to draw - they sort of resemble traditional dragons, as well as dinosaurs such as the T-Rex. As such I have never gotten a ref sheet done.
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it can be awkward combining upright human anatomy with a more "stooped" saurian build, so it doesn't just look like a "weird human with a dragon head" or a "humany dinosaur/dragon." I think it's the long neck for me that throws me off, and the chest anatomy?
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AshWolf-Forever Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, that's true. I usually try and base the body on a animal. I've never got it right. When I get close I mess up the scales.
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:iconjocarra:
jocarra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I wouldn't worry about the scales until afterwards. Maybe try to nail the major anatomy first?
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