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COOLPIX S3100
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Aug 31, 2013, 2:40:37 AM
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Family Portrait by SycamoreSea Family Portrait by SycamoreSea
Today is ~DragonBlessed's 21st birthday.
These are the characters from her beautiful novel, The Seventh Raven.
It wasn't really possible to get a good picture of this painting, and I didn't really try. (I also made some changes after I took this photo, like to Nathan's face.)
There is a lot about this painting that really frustrates me (TOO MUCH SKIN), but also a lot that I'm happy with (like Santiago - always Santiago ;D). I don't really know why poor Nathan ended up front and center since he is the LEAST likely to be there but it's too late now.
Also it was really hard to draw these characters without being able to consult their creator on what they look like?? Especially Enoch who has like five second in the whole novel. B(
This painting has been a huge factor in my loss of sleep the past couple weeks (in addition to that three job thing), but it... is a fulfillment of a promise.
Happy birthday, my admiral.

Head over and check out the sketch, their faces are so much more awesome: sycamoresea.deviantart.com/art…

References (characters left to right):
Santiago - ladyxboleyn.deviantart.com/art… (*LadyxBoleyn) armedvampire-stock.deviantart.…
Derek - syccas-stock.deviantart.com/ar…
Aspen - o-shea.deviantart.com/art/Rock…
Liam - anyman82.deviantart.com/art/Ma…
Nathan - www.deviantart.com/art/False-P…
Cassandra - browse.deviantart.com/art/crou…
Enoch - photohouse.deviantart.com/art/… thepropagation3.deviantart.com…
Courtney - browse.deviantart.com/art/knig…
Morgan - geoectomy-stock.deviantart.com… sespiderstock.deviantart.com/a…
Background - mirengraphics.deviantart.com/a…

This is done in acrylics.
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mirengraphics Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Awesome use of the background picture...I am amazed at the creativity and talent I see in the use of my stock pictures!  Glad I could be a part of something amazing!  As for your comment about too much skin...hmm...many years ago I asked an artist friend of mine why my skin tones always looked so flat in my paintings and artworks.  She told me..."Human skin has to be laid over an undercoat of black--there is blackness in human skin that you cannot escape!"  And she showed me a dozen or so works which showed artists trying to create skin tone without a black underlayment.  Darn if she wasn't spot on...
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SycamoreSea Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks so much for the compliments! I'm delighted you're so pleased. c: 
As for the skin tone... that's really interesting! I really might have to try that, it sounds just crazy enough to work. Do you know any artists who have done that whom you could recommend? I'd love to see how it worked out. c: 
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Element-Girls Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your art, it just makes me so happy. This looked like a beast to do, so many people and details! 
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SycamoreSea Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your comments more, they make me happier. :p It was a trial but in the end it was... well, it was worth it. (: <3 Thanks again!
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Element-Girls Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It really was! It's truly beautiful! 
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photohouse Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work mate :D!
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SycamoreSea Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheers!
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Felt-heart Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013   General Artist
Holy cow is this great! All the characters are so unique and yet it doesn't look strange to have them all together. Also that background is fabulous.
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SycamoreSea Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, thank you so much! <3 I'm so honored to receive such high compliments from you. C:
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Felt-heart Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   General Artist
:blush: Even thanking me you say the nicest things! :glomp: 
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