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OC: Ranger by artastrophe OC: Ranger by artastrophe
I wanted to work on painting some original characters again but then I realized I already had some decent ones started--it's just a couple years ago I didn't really know how to push them farther so I just called them "finished sketches" and left them alone.

So this is me revisiting an old piece for fun...


Not saying it's super-polished or anything now (couldn't really find any good clothes references for what I wanted :P) but I thought it made for an interesting contrast. ^^

12/26/12: he is still changing!! xD
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:iconrottenragamuffin:
RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Beautiful work :heart: Great choice of colour palette, and brush work~ it gives the piece a sense of antiquity :clap:
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citizen17 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Is he based on any real-life person's face?
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well usually what I do with portraits is take several different references and sort of mash them together onto my own character sketch... so they may turn out looking like a few different people and no one! xD It's usually the lighting or coloring from one picture, the angle/proportions from another, and maybe a few facial features from various celebrities or anyone I can find a high-enough-res image of that fits my character concept.

I just don't remember for this one specifically, since I was just refurbishing a much older picture... but I guess the short answer is, "kinda." xD
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citizen17 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mwahaha that's smart. He looks great.
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ilo-ka Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wonderful!!!!!
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!!!! :D
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shrieks Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nicely executed, beautiful shading and texture plus the man is quite a good-looking one to boot.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hehe thank you very much! :yum:
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Oh, wow, there's such a different between the two pieces. :XD:
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
inorite?? xD the original one is a pretty good example of how all my pieces look during the first couple hours... these days it's just a matter of piling on the extra time/attention before I get bored and wander away. x3
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Oh, but he's such a handsome fella... how could you get bored?! :XD:
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
well when you put it that way... :D
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
Yeah... maybe there should be a few more pics...
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
ughhh there probably will be lol... my attempts to draw my OCs are never quite how I imagine them so I have to keep at it anyway ;D
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lubyelfears Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DIIIING DOOONG!

You never fail to astound me with your ability to create stunning portraits, Arta.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
awww thank you!! ^___^
I feel like I'm learning so much lately! I finally started painting clothes, and sorta backgrounds... I think it's time for the next step! Which is actual backgrounds, maybe. :fear:
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Thylja Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Artist
gorgeous! he kinda reminds me of a friend of mine though ;)
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hehe thank you! I know what you mean though, a lot of my male portraits remind me of my brother o_O
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Thylja Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Artist
hehehe, it gets even funnier though, cause said friend is customer relations manager (whatever that means ;)) at EA for DA and the likes ;)
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hahaha nowai xD

that *is* pretty funny
...and pretty awesome
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ilmatar-art Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is he alright with dogs? Because I just might hump his leg. :love: Hurrrr come here handsome!

Anyway. :D Delicious work on the beard! I love it how you made it all unkept, but so sexy. :DThe neck-area looks a little unpolished still but to me the clothing with the shoulder-pad and strap and all look good!
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!! :D I will try and tidy up his neck, it does kind of stand out.

and he's not a D&D ranger or anything, so he's really not that great with animals... but he would still enjoy a good leg humping. ;D
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ilmatar-art Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hump:
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:rofl:
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ilmatar-art Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose that's what Aragorn would look like if he was hot.
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
haha I just watched LotR last night xD

I do like that rugged kind of look, I should have mussed him up a bit more ^^
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poly-m Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Niiiice :)
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank yoooou :)
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Orionali Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Student General Artist
He's an a OC? Man, I was mislead... Kinda reminds me of someone, though I can't remember where? :?
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hehehe...I mostly used the Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan for reference, so any other resemblance is uninentional or perhaps subconscious. ^__^
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Orionali Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Student General Artist
I'm sick... I see things beyond the mind...
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Estic Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, what a huge improvement! The hair and shading look fantastic :D I especially really like how you did his lips; male lips are so hard for me to color right. Awesome job!
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artastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much!! yeah, male lips are a lot harder to draw in general :P
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