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Mage by CrimsonMagpie Mage by CrimsonMagpie
A quick concept of a wizard/mage fellow, from the same story the old scholars. He's meant to look charismatic and more than a little dangerous. :meow:

As this was just a quick study I didn't bother to work out the proper folds of the robes.... :paranoid:



Ink on paper, quite small
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Backsackandjack Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice look the shadows on and around the eyes is really good.
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CrimsonMagpie Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks dude, the eye shadows are something I'm still getting the hang of! =p
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I think the jagged shapes in the hood do give the character the dangerous quality you were looking for. Just as a matter of curiosity, is this published work?
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CrimsonMagpie Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cheers John, I've found myself gravitating toward a more angular line style as it's generally more dynamic and hooks the eye quite well. This was a sample as part of a pith to get a graphic novel gig, which I unfortunately didn't get, hence me now posting it here. =p
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Shame you didn't get the commission, but I guess you will be pitching for new work all the time, so the odd rejection wont be too bad. Anyway Mage looks good, and dynamism is definitely what's required for graphic novels
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CrimsonMagpie Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yea, it would've been nice to do some proper swords & sorcery stuff, but you can't win 'em all. =p I'm completely snowed-under for the coming month though, so it's not all bad...
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"Not all bad" that's a very English understated way of putting it. Awesome is the word. Really nice to know things are going well for you. :)
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CrimsonMagpie Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaa, classic English understatement! =p Things are actually going really well for me, all things considered; I've graduated college, where I learned a lot, and it took just one year to get regular work in my career of choice. It currently doesn't pay well at all, but there's almost limitless room for improvement. It's hard work, and often very stressful, but I feel constantly grateful to be where I am. :la:
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It took me ten years after leaving college to get regular work. You don't know your born blah blah :D
I think poor pay is the norm in illustration as is the stress, but its a great life if you don't weaken.

Now for a bit of crawling; are there websites where you bid for work, if so can you point me to them. I'm not looking for work at the moment, and I sincerely hope that will remain the case,but it would be nice to know were to look if need be. Either pretend not to have read this or drop me a note. Ta Rob :)
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CrimsonMagpie Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah look, I'm replying to way-back messages again! :slow: 

Well, I feel somewhat lucky then, if that's how long it took you, but I cannot help but wonder about pay rates. I'm at the stage where below-standard pay is something I have to accept in order to gain a decent amount of work. Hopefully that'll improve as I slowly work my way up the ladder. :p
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