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Discussion in 'Fantasy Art' started by Lumani, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Lumani

    Lumani Minstrel

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    Thank you! :) And I apologize, that should have been included with a legend, but I havn't gotten around to adding it! Unlike the Dakarai which is primarily only one pack led by Lumani, Drasnia is split into five packs. Each clan is led by a 'Clan Lady' which then owes allegiance to the Voodoo Queen/Alpha. The Kalarai pack is the Voodoo Queens pack, or 'capital' the other 4 are the clan/pack territories :)
     
  2. Noma Galway

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    Oh, I understand that. That's really cool, Lumani. Nice :)
     
  3. Jabrosky

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    I have to say that the shading underneath the floating island is a neat trick. I was at first confused over what it meant, but I appreciate it more after reading your description.
     
  4. Lumani

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    This is a new technique, not so much digital painting as photo manipulation :) Its my first attempt so a little bland, but I was quite happy with it. All photos were free stock, and owners were given proper credit on the original.

    One of the Ly'Rouzon seeking advice from the spirits in the tainted waters. :)
     
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  5. Lumani

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    wow things have gotten busy, but I thought I should update with a new concept for a breed of horses that My lhorre use as mounts :) This is still very rough and will be tweaked and added to accordingly as I work out the holes!

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  6. KaidanKiller

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    Are they vampires?
     
  7. Lumani

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    Still alive and kicking...went through a bout of writers block but am for the most part back in action. Just some new illustrations from my novel....The horses are again, Soul Reapers and the story is not actually about 'horses'. I like drawing them though! I should have new illustrations of my humanish characters soon.

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  8. Jabrosky

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    Which would you say is easier for you, drawing humans or horses?

    While I draw plenty of human characters myself, I often think dinosaurs, my favorite animal subjects, are often easier to draw. It may have to do with their being extinct, since it's not like you can look up reference photos of living dinosaurs with all their soft tissue on (though diagrams of their underlying skeletons abound, for obvious reasons). The same can't be said for humans or anything else alive today, so their anatomical errors will stand out more. Plus dinosaurs were the first thing I drew as a kid, so maybe all the years of practice added up.

    I will say that feathered wings can be a challenge whenever I'm drawing raptors (family Dromaeosauridae) or all those other feathered dinosaurs. I could skirt around that issue by reverting to the classic 1990's image of scaly raptors, but while that can look sleek and nostalgic, I think the realistic feathered raptors need more love in fantasy art.
     
  9. Lumani

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    Tough question! I wouldn't really consider one 'harder' then the other. I do however find that Humans themed pictures, do take longer for me to complete. I have begun painting more canines as of late and I am still struggling to become comfortable with it. I am most comfortable drawing horses and usually rotate between pictures, depending on what I feel like working on. I usually complete 1-2 horse pictures between a human themed pictures. I do believe I probably started drawing after I saw my first horse lol, you can say I'm a bit obsessed. I have been drawing them since I was very young and I work with them on a daily basis so I'm familiar with their anatomy.

    My human pictures often times have a lot more detail that I put into clothing and backgrounds so that also requires the extra time. I actually prefer working on human art, but I find that my writing really affects what pictures I draw and how many. If I'm stuck on a certain part of my story and take a writing break, I have little desire to work on human art. If my ideas come together and things are flowing I am often inspired to work on more human art. Right now I'm struggling with my writing so I fill my time with horse art XD

    I've never drawn dinosaurs, but I do like drawing dragons on occasion. I like that I have no specific guideline I must follow to conform to proper anatomy. Not that my pictures don't have errors. If I'm stuck on a picture I often ask my husband and he can pick out the flaws that I can't see. Its very helpful!
     
  10. Laurence

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    This is such a cool concept!
     
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  11. Lumani

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    Soul Reapers from Rais' Clan which are known as the Dra'An....story is NOT about horses, they are keepers of the Dakarai Souls and act as mounts for their riders. ^_____^ Which of my characters would YOU like to know more about or see more of? :)

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  12. Manalodia

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    I don't think I've come across your human characters names, but I'm interested in man and woman in your last piece with people. If you don't own horses, you must really love them and do an amazing job creating concepts for them! I see no flaws with your map that I can point out. Not an expert cartographer, but it is easy to read and placement and geography is sound ;)

    But yes, tell me of your main character (if the two white-haired individuals happen to be them). No one I've seen is exactly human or rather, not seem as if they normal. There's a lot going on in your art and I'm sure much to be said.
     
  13. Lumani

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    Hello! Thank you for the encouraging remarks! I would love to share my characters with you and I will attempt not to ramble on. ^___^

    My world consists of several races, however these characters in question are known as the Dakarai. There are 3 distinct tribes of Dakarai and all have similarities and differences. It is quite complex so if you would like more details I'd be happy to expand futher on certain points. The three clans are: Dakarai (Royal, or Origonal family) Dra'An (Off shoot of the Dakarai Tribe but are at odds with the Royals. They worship the Lhorre god Syn and align themselves with the Lhorre vampires.) and the Drasnia wolves.( These wolves are more gypsy like and were targeted by the Lhorre long before the Dra'An in the Current time. They are secluded, but have become Allied with the Dakarai through marriage. They are at war with the Dra'An. )

    The characters your referring too are the Haiel and his queen, or the Alpha and Alphess The Haiel's name is Lumani and his wolf half is known as Craver. His queen is Amara, who was a Dakarai raised by the Drasnia wolves but was untainted by the Lhorre. Their marriage sealed an alliance. I have not written their story as of yet as it would be a prequel to my main series! They are present through out the story, but are not the main driving forces.

    Craver and Amara (the first picture needs to have the eye colour updated as characters have evolved)

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    Their children are the main driving factors with in my series!

    Balias and Lumara
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    Balias...he is one of the very first characters I created and his family has evolved around him. He has an older half sister through Craver (Ivy) , a younger full sister (Lumara) and a younger full brother who doesn't appear until further in the series. (Cian)

    His history is long but if you would like more detail I hope to have chapters going up soon! He is ensnared by a Dra'An witch, which is quite fun to write for! He is my most tortured character *gives Bal a sympathetic pet* As to be expected he is a bit neurotic and narcissistic. He also has a wife through an arranged marriage. Azalee is the Dra'An witch that steals his soul. Sorry some of the pictures have yet to be finished....

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    Besides his parents marriage, Balias also hold the alliance together between the Dakarai and the Drasnia wolves. There is a bromance aspect between Balias and one of the Drasnia leaders Noakes. Noakes is one of the few people other then Azalee and Craver who can calm Balias when he goes off the edge.

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    These are horrid old pictures sorry!
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  16. Manalodia

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    There is a lot of character in your artwork, and I don't mean that as a pun ^_^ Sorry for delay, I had not realized you posted these til now. Each one conveys a personality of the character or the pair featured which gives an idea for the relationships. I was sort of lost in your explanation, namely because there is a lot of background with what your explaining. If you'd care to rant, I'm more than happy to be the recipient thereof~ Hopefully those chapters come up soon too ;)

    Since Balias is the main character, I'd have to ask why the witch ensnared him. Seems to be pretty important considering.

    An odd question would be what inspired your clothing designs?
     
  17. Laurence

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    Not going to lie, although you have great drawings skills, most of your characters are a little too camp for my liking. She, however, is awesome. Like LuLu from FFX without bitchy resting face!
     
  18. Lumani

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    Its unfortunate to hear that, but your not the first to point it out. I am very aware that it is one of my main flaws as an artist and I am forever trying to improve on that! I would very much like to make my men appear as masculine as I depict them through writing. ^__^

    I am glad you enjoy Azalee and will have more art of her finished some time soon. :) She is one of my favorite characters.
     
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    I am always happy to share, but you are very right! There is a lot of backstory, as well as some heavy plot editing that makes things a bit murky. Long story short, Azalee's main goal is to Manipulate Balias' substantial influence at court and military prowess for her own ends. A second reason would be to cause tension and strain in the royal circle. Those are her goals, at least in the start. Mentally it kind of destroys Balias slowly, which as heir, causes problems family wise. This is actually only a sublot, and does tie into the main plot briefly, but is really only an introduction to the bigger story. ^_^

    ummmm....I don't really have a main influence for clothing design. A lot of it is more character driven based on what their tastes are. Azalee's people are more tribal and wild, hence the skulls. Balias has a thing with always looking neat and put together so his dress is more formal, but he is also a soldier so he isn't over the top fancy either. :)
     
  20. Manalodia

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    I wouldn't worry about your male characters looking "camp" (new word for me). Many artists are successful through this type of style as well as manly, gritty macho style :) As long as it reflects the overall feel of the story, that is what's important. It really is preference on the viewers part and nothing inherently wrong ;)

    Hmm. I don't think I'll like her, lol! I'm sure she has her reasons behind it that have to do with her background, but conniving and manipulation are far too clever for their own good~ Sounds interesting, though.
     
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