Finally! I've worked on it all day and now it's around 2AM man! I still can't believe myself that I could paint a back-light picture, because, you know what, the first attempt was lame and it forced me to leave this picture in sketch version. But when I posted sketch version here and Royal Shadeslayer encouraged me to paint it. I reconsidered and I thought I might do it well since I've been practicing with "The Shadeslayer" for 3 months. And now I think it's wonderful. Thanks Royal Shadeslayer so much for inspiring me on this project!
I thought it would take 2 months to finish it, BUT I've done it within 3 WEEKS! What a fast pace! But I love it so much. I had to speed everything up because I have a big exam waiting for me on this March and I wanted to clear everything up before I gonna dive into my textbooks full time later.
I tried to stuff things CP mentioned into this scene, even though they happened in different time in "Shadow of the Past" chapter. So you might wonder there's no wind when the spirits travel near the camp.
Other stuffs: 1. A howling wolf(I prefer to when Eragon heard wolf howling's sound, whether inside or outside his head) 2. 2 butterflies(When Arya direct a moth to fly away from the fire, but I wanted to make an ExA theme here by 2 butterflies, with ExA colors!) 3. The grass ship Arya made.(It's so small and I had problem where to put it on picture) 4. Eragon's pack, he used it to carry his armor. 5. Loivissa(Eragon made it for Arya's friendship gift)
I gonna print it and The Shadeslayer tomorrow, as postcards, and give to my classmates as a farewell gift. I hope they would like them as much as I do.
Characters (C) Christopher Paolini ("Shadow of the Past" chapter, Brisingr - Inheritance Cycle Book3)
I started by re-reading the chapter this image portrays, and to my astonishment, I had forgotten a great deal of details that are contained therein. Nevertheless, I really enjoy this piece. Unlike Shur'tugal un Skulblaka, this work focuses on an entire chapter, not just the one scene. That fact does not diminish the image though, it still is well portrayed, thought through, and conveyed effectively.
I love the symbolism of the butterflies here, although they were moths in the book, this fits the whole scene better, and the coloration of them simply adds another dimension to the piece. I do agree with what you stated earlier, switching the colors balances out the piece rather well. I also enjoy how the colors are very representative of the characters that they portray.
The wolf, though faint, distant, and hardly present in the chapter, is nicely added here. After reading the chapter again, the wolves are what provide the conduit for the discussion that Eragon and Arya have concerning fighting, war, death, taking of lives, and the memories associated therein. It is a nice undercurrent that I had not detected till I looked more closely at this image and thought more about what the wolves may mean to the chapter and their importance in this image. I love how you outlined it in moonlight, this provides enough distinction to show what it is, but enough shadow to keep it, at least from my perspective, in the shadows as a constant presence but not in the key focus of the chapter and this piece. It's just there, barely on the mind, but still there.
The moonlight not only outlines the wolf, but it also reflects on the hair of Arya and Eragon, giving a different feel to the piece and the characters.
At closer inspection of Arya, I find the tear streaks to be very well done and very effective! I don't think I have seen them so close to real life previous to this picture. Another thing with Arya is her ears. As an elf, they would be pointed, but, as is said in the book, she altered her appearance for her journey into the Empire as to not attract undue attention to herself as she traveled. I'm unsure if highlighting them as you did was intentional or not, but I appreciate the fact that you included this detail.
I also love the detail included on the clothes of both Arya and Eragon. The folds, the wrinkles, the way the light plays across them, and the detail in the shadows is wonderful.
Next, the grass ship, I find it amazing that you got as much detail into such a small object. The dragon prow is visible, as well as the main mast. For all the smaller it is, there is a lot there. Well done.
Finally, Aren, I have a question about it, why did you not model it off of the drawing that Paolini had included in Eldest? [link] I'm sure you had your reasons, and I hate to tell you how to draw, I was just curious.
I almost forgot the Spirits! I love how you included them, in their many different colors, sizes, and shapes. Wonderful!
Again, well done on all of this, I cannot wait to see more of your work!
Cool! I'm glad that you take your time to reread this chapter again because of my fan art I really love to draw the whole chapter into one picture like this, it's like a summary of the over-15-pages-chapter that helps me to remember details about the whole thing. You know what, if I have a plenty of time like I used to, I would love to draw whole-chapter pictures more..may be even the whole book! I really love The Inheritance Cycle and I'm glad that I could share my imagination about it here at DA
"Shur'tugal and Skulblaka" was sketched to be fit with contest's topic, and I had planned to draw battle of Feinster into whole-chapter before contest took place. I still feel bad that I haven't draw this chapter until now I'll never have a lot of free time like I used to have again.
Yeah, I love symbolism like moths/ ExA colors in this picture. I always love to make something in art work as symbols, which most of people barely notice they exist, unless I explain or people might take some times to interpret what they see...I'm not so worry that people ignore these because at least I know they always be there when I look at the picture.
I had planned to draw what Eragon saw in his dream on those dark spaces on tree trunks, but I didn't draw them because my skill at PhotoShop and Corel Painter was not good enough to do so that time...Now it's like I'm much more better at digital art than I was 6 months ago, and I would have draw Eragon's vision into it if I hadn't finish it back there. I'm really lazy to correct pictures those I thought they were done.
For Arya's features, I intended to highlight her ear this way, to show that she had blended her face into human-like during this trip. And her tear, that was kinda quite hard for a beginner like me back there lol! I was very confused about tear layers opacity and have to redraw them again many time. I'm glad that you appreciate how I try to make picture more alive, even though it was kinda odd when I look at it now lol!
Their clothes were done with more wrinkle at foreground painting step, but when I drew background and correct lighting and color, those details disappeared! And grass ship, I zoomed into..I can't remember, may be 600x or more to paint its knits and knots on its structures. I'm glad you see details I tried to show.
And Aren, I drew from what CP mention in Eragon. I think he only described its body was made of gold, sapphire jewel, and the Yawe symbol engraved into sapphire surface. That picture you gave link to me was from Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia, but I'm not sure that it was real CP's design or somebody else's design actually. So I decided to draw Aren from my own imagination as well as other stuffs in this picture.
I like how spirits turn out this way as well! Glad you love them I would love to draw Eragon fan art more and more! I've been drawing a picture for weeks, but I barely have time to continue unless I'll have some free time at weekend break. Can't wait to see it finish too! I wish that CP would saw my arts someday, he would be proud that his series gave people inspirations and imagination like this. I don't know what would I read next and how to spend my free time when IC ends within next year(s)!
Well, I can't believe I have not seen this one before, I consider myself someone that is familiar with the Eragon fan art out there on this, and other, sites... As it is very late and I am very tired, I'll spend more time on this tomorrow!
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