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Battlewraith Art

Hi there. I'm Battlewraith (aka Slan) and I used to do a lot of fanart and commissions for the cox community. My gallery is at http://battlewraith.deviantart.com. I thought I'd also post some relatively recent stuff here. Thanks for looking:

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Love your style. I look

Love your style. I look forward to seeing more from you!

Crowd Control Enthusiast

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Thanks!

Thanks!

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Great stuff! I really enjoyed

Great stuff! I really enjoyed your art Slan, your vision/astro boy gave me a good laugh. Extra praise for putting Doraemon as a Easter egg

May the wings of liberty never lose a feather

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Nice stuff!

Nice stuff!

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Yeah, bro, nice work!

Yeah, bro, nice work!

--Formerly Jorortis--

Note: Jorortis is still a character of mine and is still going to be in the super group, not Demirus, at least not yet...

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Good to see you again Battl.

Good to see you again Battl..eh.. Slan!

Check my Deviant Art page for more artz!

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Thanks for showing us your

Thanks for showing us your arts!

Foradain, Mage of Phoenix Rising.
Foradain's Character Conclave
Avatar courtesy of Satellite Nine.
If you can't see an image I've posted, please let me know!

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Thanks guys!

Thanks guys!

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I remember these arts from

I remember these arts from CoH. It's great to see you here, in the new home of heroes!

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good stuff, really like the

good stuff, really like the black-n-white piece...that came out really well. :)

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Welcome! As this is obvious:

Welcome! As this is obvious: You're good!

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Thank you for the kind words

Thank you for the kind words everyone.

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I modeled this little

I modeled this little statuette recently and sent it off to a friend to experiment with 3d printing:

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3D printer or classic molding

3D printer or classic molding?

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The top part is ZBrush, the

The top part is ZBrush, the bottom is a 3d print.

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Here's a reworking of a

Here's a reworking of a sketch from a few years ago:

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Nice!

Nice!

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Thanks!

Thanks!

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Here's an Avengers/Mad Max

Here's an Avengers/Mad Max mashup I did this month:

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Heh... heheheh!

Heh... heheheh!

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he is not amused...

he is not amused...

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Sure beats any regular Car

Sure beats any regular Car Ornaments. :{

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Hola,

Hola,
Here are a few recent pics:


This is a quick sketch of Yvonne Craig, RIP:

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Super Arts, as usual.

Super Arts, as usual.

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Heya, Battlewraith

Heya Battlewraith/FrozenDeath/Jason/ (and now) Slan. Good to see new artz from you again.

Phantom Lady in "Busted": I see what you did there.

Mascots: Nice work. Did you win your pummel?

Though I had to Google Yvonne Craig it is sad to hear a former Batgirl has passed away.

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Very nice.

Very nice.

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Thanks everyone!

Thanks everyone!

ChristopherRobin wrote:

Heya Battlewraith/FrozenDeath/Jason/ (and now) Slan. Good to see new artz from you again. Phantom Lady in "Busted": I see what you did there. Mascots: Nice work. Did you win your pummel?Though I had to Google Yvonne Craig it is sad to hear a former Batgirl has passed away.

Thanks, I'm actually not FrozenDeath though. I used his account to post for a while during a period when mine was inactive. I did win the PUMMEL competition for that month.

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Congratulations then on your

Congratulations on your win.

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I mentioned some points about

I mentioned some points about coloring in Dee Dee's thread so I thought I'd post some examples here. This approach is based on Photoshop but most packages have some equivalent. The first thing is a greyscale image with good value range--particularly midrange values. If it's too high contrast, this method won't really get good results.

Next I apply an adjustment layer. These are basically filters, effects, gradients, etc. that are coupled with a layer mask. The specific one I start with is a gradient map. What this does is exchange the gradient values present in the image (from dark to light) and replaces those with the gradient that you specify. Which in this case is just me guessing what the skin tones should be.

The virtue of working this way is that you can tweak the effect as much as you like without changing the greyscale layer underneath. Furthermore, you control where the effect is applied. Black in the layer mask blocks the application of the effect and white lets in in. After the initial gradient map, I just add other filters to tweak the color and saturation.

So basically, nothing in this painting is actually painted in the normal way except the greyscale layer underneath. The layers allow you to edit things non-destructively. You're just painting light and dark on the layer masks in order to control how the effects are applied. This is really useful if you need to change the overall color scheme of a picture for some reason or you're not sure what you want to begin with. After you're sure that you like a certain color scheme, you can then flatten it and paint directly on the image in order to refine things as needed.

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You make it look so easy. I'm

You make it look so easy. I'm blown away with all of this.
PS. your art is totally awesome.

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Thanks!

Thanks!

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Adjustment layers (or any

Adjustment layers (or any other kind of layer masking) is something I've not ever tried. I see other
artist use it in their videos and I can see how it would be a powerful tool yet it seems so counter intuitive.
You know this would make a great mini-tutorial though if you're willing to copy it over to the education thread.

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I too have not tried all that

I too have not tried all that. I planned to.. but still didn't quite get to it... I guess I don't quite know how to paint in grey values? Though I guess it could work if you start out with pencils too?

Check my Deviant Art page for more artz!

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That arrow just screams,

That arrow just screams, "Eyes down here!"

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Oh! Nice one Battlewraith!

Oh! Nice one Battlewraith! Simplistic yet detailed... me likey!
Do you use a specific brush for the hair?

@Fireheart: Even I couldn't help noticing that

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The one I used for this pic

The one I used for this pic is this:

From left to right you have the basic print of the brush, some strokes done at 100% flow, and then some strokes done at 4% flow. If you want really naturalistic looking hair, go with a low flow and gradually build the hair up. This character has a severe bob, so after laying down a lot of texture I went back in and trimmed the edges with a hard eraser.

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I thought I saw a brush in

I thought I saw a brush in there . Thanks for sharing!

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Hey guys,

Hey guys,

I need some extra disposable income so once again I'm offering commissions.
This time I thought I'd try $15 color portraits. Here are some samples I put together:

And here is the journal with more details:

http://battlewraith.deviantart.com/journal

Thanks for looking and drop me a line here or on Deviantart if you're interested in some work :)