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On the Ledge by Crooty On the Ledge by Crooty
This is an illustration of Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hobb.

◊Spoiler warning◊ for those who haven't read so far.





Sweethearts...

Fitz and Molly on the ledge below Buckkeep, having a picnic in the wind.

This is an illustration of one of my favourite passages of Assassin's Apprentice, because it creates such a strong image. I can sit down next to them and feel the wind and the sea spray, I can hear the gulls in the air up above and the waves crashing on the cliffs down below.

Now that it's done I realize the sense of scale is wrong: those cliffs should look much higher...

I also struggled a lot with Painter. The colours are a tad garish for my liking.

Done for the LOVERS month on John-Howe.com.

EDIT: added a seagull to accentue depth, according to TomScribble's clever suggestion, and shifted the water hue a little, following dragonladych's smart advice (although the sea was actually amost purple when I was in Mallorca 18 years ago :omg:, I know, I did stare at it quite a bit, in my New Wave teenager's melancholy :P).
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Sailing-Lammas Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
I love it! I loved that scene too. I was just chanting in my head- kiss her fitz! Kiss her you dumb ass! lol. The perspective is a little confusing... but i still love it!
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AlexdDark Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Absolutely awesome. Looks simply incredible. Congratulations on a great work.
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Crooty Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :aww:
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skyhag Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Incredible. The angle is awkward--awkward to work with, I mean, which leaves me all the more impressed.
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DreadKnight666 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Nice perspective :)
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:iconcrooty:
Crooty Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:! :blowkiss:
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NatalieAnne24 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The angel you've chosen is great... I love the detials and the movement of the sea :D :+fav:
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:iconcrooty:
Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the :+fav:! :hug:
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Aww, it still looks lovely an romantic!
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:iconcrooty:
Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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light-recycled Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
I love it! The colors are so joyous and clean... excellent detail and a superb painting... Fantastic work... :hug:
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:iconcrooty:
Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for the :+fav:! :hug:
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elegaer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007
*love* the seagulls, they really pull the piece together, I think! Wow, this is just great,dear!
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:iconcrooty:
Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :hug:
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:iconcaelkriss:
Caelkriss Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wonderful perspective! :D I feel like I'm a bird soaring over them.
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:iconcrooty:
Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Woooooosh! :D Wouldn't that be nice, eh?
Thank you! :hug:
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those little touches have added quite a lot - especially the seagulls. Love it!
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:iconcrooty:
Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :hug: :cuddle:
(but I just added one seagull really, the others were already there :P)
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well how about that! I don't know how I missed them in the first place. Looking forward to your next colour masterpiece :)
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:iconcrooty:
Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:roll:
Just kidding of course. :hug:
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Avarahaiel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
Yay! I'm so thrilled you finished it, and I don't find the colors garish at all.
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:iconcrooty:
Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! (I did tone the water down a little)
:hug:
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monbaum Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooooooo Crooty, I like it a LOT!
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Efenleot Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
Crooty! You finally got it! Amazing perspective, and lovely colours. Congrats! :hug:
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Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :hug:
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Efenleot Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
You're welcome! :hug:
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Photographer
:clap: excellente perspective, c'est chouette !
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Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Merci! :aww:
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dragonladych Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! I also love that feeling of vertigo.

If you need some constructive critics I would say that:
- the vanishing point is a bit too far away from the kids, they're the center of attention and this might be why the cliffs look too small?
- there should be more green in the waves, and more blues in the grass. No water is blue and grass is not just green. Using the same colours here and there would unify the whole.

- the sense of depth is good, clever use of light washes
- I love the shape of the waves, it's a very difficult thing to paint and you did great.
- the kids and gulls look great!
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Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :hug:

I did shift the water hue a little and reduced its saturation after all. But personally I wanted to make the grass yellower... in the end I didn't touch it. :D
I think I told you before in the WIP comments, the waves were not as hard to paint as expected... and I'm quite happy with how they came out.
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The waves are awesome! I particularly love the swirl patterns directly beneath the characters. Maybe you could accentuate the shadows in the crevices on the cliffs closer to the figures - they look a wee bit flat.

And if you are worried about the garish colours just use your elite photoshop skills to drop the saturation where appropriate.

Great job, Crooty!
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Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I struggled so much with Painter I was reluctant to giving into the temptation of facility and changing colours in Photoshop... but I did shift the water hue a little now... :P
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know plenty of people that use Painter and Photoshop in tandem and personally I don't see anything wrong with it. But I can understand your reluctance especially when you are trying to teach yourself the ropes in Painter. I quite like Painter but my computer is just not chunky enough to handle it. I find it too frustrating to wait 10 secs for a brush stroke to finish :)
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Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Same here... I would really like to try the watercolours and inks, but it's just too slow. :shrug:

:hug:
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terrance-b-funderful Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Officially awesome. The waves are great. The cliffs are great. The lighting is, as far as I'm guessing(still not sure about what screens should look like), really great.
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Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, and for the :+fav: too! I'm very glad you like it! :hug:
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TomScribble Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
AWWWW! It's Molly Redskirts, I knew it as soon as I caught sight of her dress, before I read the comment. Lovely!

I think the cliffs look high enough - I have to stop looking at it now, I'm getting vertigo! Maybe if you added another smaller seagull close to the first one, it will become more apparent. Or change the two seagulls - the one higher up in the picture looks smaller because it is further away to the side, but if you put it closer to the couple, we will get to see it is further away in depth. If you can work out what I mean. But that's just a suggestion because you mentioned the scale seemed wrong. It didn't strike me as neccessary.
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Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
The seagull is a very clever idea indeed. I just added one! Thank you very much for the suggestion! :hug:
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TomScribble Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
Yes, it looks super! I can pratically hear the pounding of the waves... aaah and I'm getting dizzy again.
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Gazza-NZ Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful depth/perspective ... well done :)
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Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:! Coming from you, it means a lot. :thanks:
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Professional Filmographer
It's so well done, I can't believe how well it came out. I love this part in the book too, it's really well written. (Fitz rulez! :XD:)
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
i really like how you did the waves...i still have a hard time doing that
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:iconcrooty:
Crooty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I was very surprised by how easy they turned out to be... and they were the part I was most anxious about! :D
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