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Feathers and Tinctures by tracyjb Feathers and Tinctures by tracyjb
Luna and Ine - the latter character I've never painted before. I rather enjoyed it. Painting old faces is something more like rendering a craggy landscape whereas with younger faces, I feel I almost have to struggle against the medium to create a smooth surface. The whole image sort of turned into a study in textures, really. It's supposed to be dim, but I hope it's not too dark for most monitors...always hard to tell. Painted from scratch in Photoshop.
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Given 2006-03-13
Every bit of Feathers and Tinctures by ~tracyjb is packed with something interesting to see. Whether it's an item, creature, or rich texture, there is so much to capture the imagination. ( Featured by Aeires )
Hikari-Farrari-Atari Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work!
Zujin-Arts Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooow, this is incredible  OMG 
Neelai Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautifully done. So many details!
amazonprincess61 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Beautiful!  I wish I could paint like that in Photoshop!
aztec-cat Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm speechless!

This is incredible!
NatureFantasy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
I love it! My favorite part is the old woman. She looks really realistic and she looks like she would be someone with a lot of depth. My biggest criticism would probably be that the various items and people in the room are not lighted in accordance with the perspective of the painting (though maybe that's intentional?) But it gives the piece a disjointed feeling. I bet it would help if the color in old woman's skin was more vibrant, rather than whiter. I think the white gives her a more faded feeling. But again, that could be intentional. I like art but have very little experience and am not an expert. I could be completely wrong about everything I'm saying. If I am, please forgive me. Please let me know if this critique is helpful, or confusing, or rude, or made you mad. I want to learn how to better critique people.
NatureFantasy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
I meant the lighting of the objects and people in term of the overall perspective of the painting (foreground vs. midground vs. background). Sorry for not making that clearer.
NatureFantasy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Anyway, regardless of her coloring I feel that the old lady's almost wistful facial expression, her worn cloak and her bony wrinkled hand are just too perfect!!
crea8tive-xpression Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Sisterslaughter165 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very incredible! Your DD was really deserved! Congrats! :clap:
TheMoorMaiden Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is just gorgeous; your attention to detail is stunning. :heart:
meof Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I hope it's not just me who thinks the old lady looks a little like Mrs. Bapka... But this is truly... just... I don't even have the adjectives!
1andonlycrazist Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Say, have you ever heard of Dragon Age: Origins? Cause these characters are like AU versions of two of the more prominent magical folk in that game!
Brollyhero93 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
How can.... This be old crap? O____o'
KingWaldo Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
holy mother of god
SaRaH-SiSi Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing :heart:
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Tealheart429 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats incredible! I love the details of everything
Quoth-the-Raven15 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Whoa...."ine" has been my nickname since I was little....I've never heard anyone else use it before! Weird...
LynxMaid Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student General Artist
This is gorgeous. The elder especially is lovely and well done. My one criticism is that the crow's talons do not seem to be interacting with the old woman's arm. I would expect the crow to grip the woman's arm, resulting in a slightly more tense foot position and perhaps some squeezing of the skin; especially with the wing upraised.
KarinNabler Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
awesome *A*
dreamingophelia Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's very beautiful...I can't say anithing else!
figlesiase Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011   Digital Artist
Sure its a tad clumped but you were probably going for that but DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN.
NeriSiren Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
It's not too dark at all - the level of light makes the scene both eerie and cozy. Both women are beautiful.
Thysania Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow, so many textures! So old, so sexy, so cracky and dimly lit! It's great.
DrawingWolfTori Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
How are these deviants crap?!?! THAT OLD LADY ACTUALLY KINDA LOOKS REALLL!!!! COME ON! YOU SHOULDN'T CALL THIS CRAP! Oh, nice wolves by the way!
volkradugi Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nruTAN Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Are you sure this isn't actually a photograph?
Damn you. (<3)
ButterflyTouch Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Wow, I can't even find a word for it! You have amazing skills!
Lynja Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there anything you can`t draw? :O
wolfspelt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011   General Artist
There isn't anything in this piece that isn't stunning. Fantastic job. :+fav:
BeckyHawkins Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
wow...I have always loved gypsies. And I really like how you draw to begin with, so i realy like this pic. Great job =)
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Has it been five years already!?
bajabbers Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
it's amazing to see all the details in this piece. especially with the old woman - every wrinkle, liverspot, and varicose vein is visible. and usually those aren't the most flattering aspects of a person's appearance, but somehow with the way you painted this, it just adds more character and beauty to the piece (ironically. :)). there are so many things about this artwork that i like. the lighting made the place seem glow-y, and the colors here have a very nice, warm effect. :) i love how to door looks, too! this looks really great.
YumiYoukkai Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Woooow. There is so much to look at....*squints* I see shrooms!!!! :la:
Those textures look AMAZING, all of it does actually. D: Sorry I can't form a more in-depth analysis to why this blows my mind. I'm going to go lurking through your gallery now. :gallery:
AnastasiaKlein Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
This is beautiful!
tonio48 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
You really mastering your Art! Its a gift to find your works here....
Carles Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
A very impressive piece. It has a Scott Gustavson feel, yet in a darker mood. Really great.
Pradeep1989 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Man.,, you are super talented.....
The-Red-Leper Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
beautiful! I love the warmth and closeness this image exudes... I feel like i am huddled with them in the cottage.
LaughtonMcCry Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Why are you so gifted ??? stop this!!! LOL

... no please dont :)
divamentalis Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
I love the detail in this. And the contrast between old and young. You're very talented!
Valadix Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fiarene-Art Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so amazing, well done! :D
Takki-Says Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:+fav: Miraculous.
LadyElisabet Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Your artwork is so beautiful! o__o
knight1128 Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
wow this is so beauitful and great. did u make this pic?
tracyjb Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Yes. Thanks.
Introbulus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
For some reason, I imagine these two being related, or at least having a sort of master/apprentice relationship. That being said, I hope that old lady is careful. Her cloak is hovering right over that open flame! =o!

I especially like the details on her hand where you can actually see her veins sticking out. It's a detail you rarely ever see in illustration, but it shows really well here. And I sure hope that door opens outward instead of inward, because it looks like it's awfully close to the two of them...

I wonder who put all those nails in that door. Probably someone who only had a vague notion of how to put doors together. <.<; That...well, I'm no carpenter, but I don't think that's how it's supposed to work.

But goodness golly gee there's a TON of detail in the foreground, with melted candles, flowers, mushrooms, bones (including, oddly enough, the bones of dead birds right next to happy and healthy live ones, suggesting that she's possibly druidic in nature, respectful to the forces of nature yet also working with those forces in her own way.) The ravine on her arm is an especially nice touch, since it shows that she not only is a powerful woman, but also sensitive to the forces that surround her, and that she defies her fraility by immersing herself in her connection to the spiritual world...or something like that. I tend to ramble on when I start seeing more and more details. <.<;

Not hard to see why this got a daily deviation. =) I am truly impressed.
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