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The Ink Monk of Vatal by TheHerdman The Ink Monk of Vatal by TheHerdman
Oh monk of Vatal, bearer of sin, protect these artifacts and chapel. Rest your weary head and awaken only when heretics dare intrude. Bring to bear the full force of the blessed curse held within thee, and you may yet find absolution. - Inscription found within the Vatalian Records.

This one was a lot of fun to play around with, trying out the idea of a monk tasked to bear sin in order for him to be empowered in the defense of his chapel. One thing that I found fun about this was I was able to reference the fantastic series The Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch by having sins blanketing/engraved onto his eyes.  

Trying to embrace the stylized results I've been getting lately and playing with light and background a bit more. Happier with the result but there are still definitely things I need to improve on. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the idea and execution!
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RatatoskAS Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Hi! I'm here via ProjectComment

Your drawing caught my attention because it seems to have some backstory. There are a lot of unanswered questions that make the drawing interesting: what's going on with the sword? What are those dark swirls around the arms? Is the character about to die? Et cetera. 

To make the drawing more interesting, you could add some extra contrast and dramatic light, so the drawing feels less "flat". There's light coming from the top right, but it is very subtle. Since it's digital art, it shouldn't be too hard to play around with the contrast a little. 

Another thing I'd like to point out is the composition. It just doesn't feel quite right. The focus should be on the character or on what's happening to him, but the important points don't align with the standard focus points (the center of the image, or two-thirds, etc). Having the character in the exact center of the image would have the most impact in this case, I think.

Well done on the anatomy of the character. Out of curiosity: why doesn't he have a mouth? Is it part of his sin-bearing?

Hope this comment was helpful in any way :)
TheHerdman Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your comment, it is quite helpful :D (Big Grin) . I tend to be hesitant with strong contrast when shading and I know that holds me back. For some reason I also played with the composition the entire time i was painting and couldn't decide on where he should be placed, but I agree that the center might have been better. The lack of mouth is definitely part of the sin bearing. I love the idea of a cursed character who is silent and has intense eyes, so I wanted to take a whack at that.
byLysi Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the idea of this piece. You did a very good job with his pose and positioning him. There is enough space and it doesn't seem overloaded.
I like that you used different line thickness. It supports the dynamic but I wouldn't have make the lines under his arm, which doesn't seem to be in the right place... I don't know, anatomy is not my topic, and the lines on his chest that thick. But the lines of his right hand could have been a bit thicker. I'm wondering is the sword morphing from his hand too? And is it finished morphing? In case of that you made a mistake coloring it.
You can look between his fingers and for me it looks like you see the handle of the sword but it isn't colored.

Then was I like too is the ink floating around. It looks really oranic and dynamic. I love how you created kind of a circle in the way it's framing his body. But the part on is right shoulder is a bit odd because it is the only spot where the ink and the lines merge together. At all the other point you drew it with a little bumper. More like it is wrapping him.

About colour: The colour work very well together. I like how you stayed in one more quiet, darker palette. Very good to use the colour of, I call it skirt :D, for the lines of the rocks in the background and on the wall.
The last thing: Don't be to afraid to use very dark shadows. It gives the piece the necessary depth and contrast. Try scrolling through the browse page and ask yourself Is my piece noticable between the others.

Have a nice day. Greetings from ProjectComment
TheHerdman Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the critique, I appreciate how thorough you were. Anatomy is a struggle for me too, and I just wanted to try something out here lol. I agree it is probably emphasized a bit too much by the linework.

On the hand, sword part: That is a small detail that you caught there, and definitely a good catch. Thanks for peeking so close lol. I think I am going to take some of everyone's suggestions and tweak him up a bit for a reupload. Thanks again for being part of my evolving art Squish .
byLysi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome.
yeah for some reason I'm good at spot those minor errors/details ^^''. but probably wouldn't have done it better xD
good luck at evolving :)
daMeowse Featured By Owner Edited May 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The picture looks very well done, but the abs and mid body is a bit below par in comparison with the rest of the picture :)
TheHerdman Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I was attempting to focus more on practicing shading, overall proportions, and detailing fluids(ish). That said, I totally agree that they are below par in comparison. I'm glad you like the rest though :D
Pai813 Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa O.O fancy. Dude, I love the colors! And his eyes are spectacular!
TheHerdman Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, the eyes were a lot of fun to do Everybody Bounce now -  King 
flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
This is very different and quite imaginative! You have a great back story to him too. Thank you for submitting to the group, :iconsharpenededge: much appreciated.
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