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ATC- Blue Farael by temiel ATC- Blue Farael by temiel
ATC made for the weekly challenge at #ATC-Exchange, "Blue". At first I wasn't sure if I liked this because it's just... a portrait with very little going on, but I really liked doing the monochrome. Plus, I always like drawing a pretty face. ;)

Good LORD I need to do more with my Prismas. I love them so. :love:

2.5"x3.5", Micron, watercolor, and Prisma pencil.
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solfieri Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ooohh I love this one!! :heart::heart: I'm in love with your watercolour technique, you should do it MOAR. I love the textured look and the various shades, it's seriously one of my favourite watercolours ever. :love: And maybe it's just me, but Farael looks soooo.... :faint: More so than usual, I mean. ;D
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temiel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
I LOVE doing watercolor with ATCs. Out of random curiosity, have you ever tried making an ATC? 2.5"x3.5" piece of paper, original traditional piece, they're really small so they take almost no time at all (most of these take me under an hour). If you've never tried it, I recommend it, it's a really fun exercise. Getting involved with the #ATC-Exchange group has been SO much fun, and it's really gratifying to be able to bang out these finished pieces so quickly. When I take a really long time on a piece and I'm only making one at a time, I feel SO uninspired and unproductive, but doing little things like this helps keep the flow going.

Thank you so much, I'm really glad you like this one. :3 He's definitely got a bit of a smolder going on, so I don't think it's just you. ;)
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solfieri Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, they certainly seem fun, especially with all the exchange between different artists in the group! =D My only problem is that I know NOTHING of traditional colouring. T_T I really, really love watercolours - waaay more than digital - but I can't learn them for the life of me, so I get kind of... scared of participating in these things. :XD:
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temiel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aww, don't worry. :heart: Honestly, a lot of our members joined and then didn't do exchanges for a while until they were confident enough with traditional to do work for the others. The whole thing is extremely low-pressure, you don't ever have to sign up for an exchange if you don't feel like it, and the weekly things are totally optional (although I've found they're a convenient excuse to practice traditional stuff ;)).

Watercolor can take some practice in the beginning, but *Gold-Seven's series of tutorials is really good: [link] I strongly recommend trying it out, you might be surprised how good it looks already. I used to be dreadful at watercolors, but after switching to digital for a while and then coming back to them I was amazed how much better I was just from having worked in a different medium for so long. Ditto with going back to digital after doing a watercolor, you take a lot of the knowledge with you. :meow:
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shisleya Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist
I think blue is a color that suits very much with Farael! It makes me think of elegance and melancholy :love: Great work with watercolors as always :love:
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temiel Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Exactly! I've ALWAYS associated blue with him, most likely because of the blue coat, but like you said, it's elegant and refined and a little somber too, so I think it's a good fit. ;) Glad you like it! :glomp:
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Isuna Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh lord!!! I love, love, love, love, love this one!!! :D
His eyes are so expressive here! :love:
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temiel Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you thank you thank you! :D I'm really glad you like it, I really wanted it to be a somewhat more somber or "expressive" picture, I guess. :heart:
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Isuna Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You did an awesome job! :D Just GREAT!
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kpcosplay Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Student Photographer
Blue! My fave color next to Green, I love how this turned out very deep and magical.
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temiel Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart: My favorite colors tend to be the warm ones, but I definitely have a soft spot for blue since I've always associated it with Farael. ;) So he was a natural choice for this one... :giggle: I'm glad you like how it came out!
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SorenLetore Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
wow I love all the blue. It gives him a slightly sad air though.
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temiel Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Yeah, it kind of does, I was sort of hoping it did. I haven't drawn a decent Moody Farael in a while. ;)
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Bloom-Enchantress Featured By Owner May 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
i love the blue tones
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great work!
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temiel Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm really glad you like it. :hug:
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Servina Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
simply beautiful :heart:
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Larissa-Bright Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Proof I don't read titles: I was all, "who's this blue dude? Some relation of the winged guys?" and I was all set to ask. Then I realised who it was ^^;
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temiel Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
WOW. :iconfailplz:

:rofl: No, I kid. ;) Honestly, without that awesome red hair it's harder to recognize him. OR tell him apart from Zarael, really, they look disturbingly alike. XD (Then again, it IS genetic, so I think I have an excuse. ;))
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Larissa-Bright Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a Cambridge lit degree and work in a highly literate profession and I STILL CAN'T READ :D
Ehh, genetic's an excuse, I say. Hell, Charmy and Freya look the same on a bad day, so I'm equally guilty!
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temiel Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
I might've told you before (I know I told someone), but when Farael was younger, Trean made him keep his hair short because when he grew it out he looked too much like his daddy for comfort. :giggle:
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TheCursemaster Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
WOW! :wow: The color is simply wonderful! *O* I really love how you could do all those shades just using blue :love:
Great! *3*b
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temiel Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D In all fairness I did use several different shades of blue, but the tonal variation is all in the amount of water you use. ;) Glad you like it!
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RavynCrescent Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
A very pretty face, indeed!
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Dwenda Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ffff, I can't, I REFUSE, to believe this is on such a small card .____. It looks so good, I love the background especially and how intense Farael's eyes are in comparison to all the blue.
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temiel Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Mrnrrr, you should see it in real life, it looks TONS better due to that stupid scanner effect that makes my traditional art look like grainy crap. =( Thank you though! I'm really glad you like it. :love:
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Sighter Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Mono-blue is always awesome to see. Loverly!

Nice pensive feel going on too, the portrait and the color feel like complement each other well too. Also gotta admire the amount of detail (since I'm a detail hog too). Plus the way you do these tiny watercolor/prismas always come out well!

:D
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temiel Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart: I actually didn't think there'd be much opportunity for detail in this since it's a really simple composition, but it did come out surprisingly complex-looking.

I seriously love doing these things. When I do larger traditional media pieces I tend to get bored quickly because they're time-consuming and the setup is messy, but these I can just bang out in an hour or two if they're REALLY detailed, like the icon one.
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Sighter Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
:D

I understand bein' impatient like that. Sometimes you just wanna wave your hands and go "MAKE THE ART!" and have it magically pop out, right?
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bhudicae Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
sure, its "just a portrait"...but its a portrait of Farael!! What more could you want?? :love:

oooo...prismacolor pencils......best damn pencils in deh world!!
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temiel Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aww, thank you. ;)

They really, really are. :love: In terms of colored pencils, I've been using Prismas exclusively for... man, about 10 years now!! D: Jeez, now I just feel old. :rofl:
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bhudicae Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha...I got ya beat...I've been using them for a good 25 years! ('course, I'm what, 10 years older then yo? lol)
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temiel Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
You know, after I replied just then, I thought to myself, "Yeah, it's been 10 years since I started high school!" :omfg: I NEVER thought about that before. Absolutely nuts. :XD:
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bhudicae Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Bah! I just missed my 20 year grad reunion last year! lol
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice . . . I like the blue :nod:
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temiel Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D I'm glad you like it. I haven't done a decent monochrome piece in AGES.
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WhimsySmile Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Writer
It looks fabulous. Besides, sometimes less is more.
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temiel Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Every now and then I agree. This came out FAR better than I initially expected it to, so in this case, absolutely!
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WhimsySmile Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional Writer
:XD: You're welcome.
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LadyGhostDuchess Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Turned out really well :D
Lovely coloring done to this :D
And yes, give your Prismas love and they will love you back, if they are neglected to much I might have to steal them so they can snuggle with my massive amounts I have! :evillaugh:
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temiel Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
I've been using them much more frequently lately (since having any impetus to do traditional work, that is ;)). There was a long time-- maybe almost a year-- when I didn't use them AT ALL!! :O The sorrow! :XD: But I'm rediscovering how much I love them and, more importantly, WHY I used to use them as my go-to medium, even though I prefer blending them with watercolors now. ;)

I'm really glad you like how this turned out, it was a fun little thing to do this afternoon. :D
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LadyGhostDuchess Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am hoping that for my birthday I get the Prisma Markers and what not so I can try my hand at crafting with those, though I think colored pencils are my go-to because of how I hold my utensil and that I know how to control what I want out of it. Mark is one messy step up for me...watercolor? would be all over me like white on rice.

I really am proud of how it turned out. Your work with mixed media is great!!
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temiel Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
I have just a couple Prisma markers, a few of the grays. They work pretty well, but markers are pretty tough for me. Weirdly, it feels like I get better control with a brush. In general, though, I prefer something with a point, it makes my life a LOT easier. =P
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LadyGhostDuchess Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love my colored pencils. I think it is because I have worked with them since 1999, I still have some that I had back then lol, that I have learned how to control and blend them how I want to :D
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cybre Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, beautiful use of shadow and contrast! Strong emotion and mood too... nice work!
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temiel Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart: I'm glad you like it.

...Did you use the "rage" emoticon on purpose? Or was that an accident? :giggle:
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cybre Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I wha????? O_o Sorry, that must have been a misclick >< LOL
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temiel Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
I figured it was, it just made me laugh. :XD: :giggle:
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cybre Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL ^^;
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HarborJack Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty cool there. I like the mixtures of blue.
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temiel Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D Yeah, this was one of those times when having a bazillion different shades of blue at hand actually came in handy. :XD:
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