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Skylegs by CrimsonMagpie Skylegs by CrimsonMagpie
The final illustration for Swifture, Lady Hartenford on the deck of HMS Swiftsure, confident in her new environment after having spend so long aloft.

I was shooting for a classic 'happy end' picture; evocative, optimistic, and a little bit sad in a happy way. The entire thing was underpainted with a warm brown, which was left to show through in areas, to emulate the look of old paintings by the likes of Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough.

It was painted during an all nighter during which I consumed three litres of energy drink, which I later found out contained considerably more than the maximum safe daily dose of caffeine. This is why such things as a the warped railing, I was buzzing so hard that night! :high:
I'm going to repaint this one day, bigger and better, with airships in the background, and other people on deck! :iconhypnolaplz:

Acrylic on paper, 42 x 29cm
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Wikidtron Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Artist
Beautiful work. Were you going after a specific mood for this painting? To me, it seems... wistful... like she is remembering something that made her happy, while enjoying a cool breeze.
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :meow: Yea, I was going for something somewhat wistful, like she knows the story's going to end soon, and it going to miss her adventure.
3wyl Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting how you've used acrylics here and it feels so... smooth, I guess you could say. o.O

Anyway, I like the composition and how you've managed to capture a sense of 'wind' with the way the clothing flies behind the woman there. The colours work together well and I think the shading is awesome, especially with the dress and the clouds themselves.

I'm not too sure about the orange-y outline, as it's a bit confusing.. but that's just me.

Cool stuff. :la:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Acrylics can be smooth is one is proficient with them. ;p

Thanks, the wind effect on the clothes is stylised, but it's an aesthetic focus of the image. The outline is just a consequence of not painting over the underpainting properly, it shouldn't really be there. :P
3wyl Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, I see. :O
Renee-Mariposa Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!!!!!!
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :meow:
JohnPatience Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Good job! The clouds are great and the flowing scarf works very well.
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks John, I think it's the flowing shapes of the scarf that make it, even if they're not very realistic. =p
Rayum Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
The clouds look fantastic, as well as the movement in her scarf and hair. You're a wonderful painter. :0
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