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Another Elven Princess by SteelFanged Another Elven Princess by SteelFanged
Ever since J.R.R. Tolken popularized elves, every other fantasy story has them. Over the years, there has been some minor changes, but what most of the stories have in common is that there is almost always a relationship between a human and an elf. Even though the elves are always several hundred years older, and will still outlive their future spouse. Thus, it's always a relationship doomed to tragedy. What I have done, is taken it a step farther, that borders on the edge of...questionableality.
Princess, Kasa'Kerrie of the, Kaiah'Nor elves, has just discovered that she is being pushed into an arranged marriage with Prince, Noraiah, the newly-born son of King, Mathian of, Delguard. While I wrote the first story, I tried to focus on certain aspects. Such as, the humiliation and emotional distress the main character felt at being forced to wed a human baby. It's absurd, it's creepy, but what most people fail to stop and consider, is that in every story I'VE ever read with a human/elf relationship, the elf in question as usually been around since the human's great, grandparents time. It's not altogether unthinkable that they may have met their future partner when they were only a child. And that, my friends, is the thought that created this story.
Here's the first part of eight, in case you might be interested in reading it. steelfanged.deviantart.com/art… the rest can be found in my gallery, if you can go through the trouble to look for them.
I admit, it's extremely rough, and I myself would probably consider it a failed attempt, but someday I would like to try rewriting it. So if you do read it, I'd love feedback, so I can at least have some ideas on how I can possibly make it better. It being a character driven plot, means that I should improve my characters, obviously. But what else? How else can I improve it?
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3Fangs Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Well congratulations on doing another full-body pose! (I'm proud of you, bro.) ;)
Niiiiiiice blue hair--and I like her earrings design. (Also love the lavender eyes.) *I can't help it, it's a Drizzt thing*
I also like the shape of her lips...although I notice a lot of your females lack a certain..."tenderness". She looks rather stern here.
Ya did a good job on shading the fur of her outfit--gave it some excellent texture.
Her torso looks just a liiittle too long, but that being said, you actually did a really decent job of conveying a sense of weight displacement with her feet.
Her arms are probably the weakest part, they seem oddly flat in comparison with the rest of her pose.
Also: nice job on the grass texture--though it's kinda stark next to the tree. But since you did all that with the MOUSE anyway, I'll give you points for even including a background!
(Though in future trees maybe you want to make them a little less straight and narrow? Lumps in twists, perhaps. Knobby knots and weird warts. Though not too many, since they can just come out looking "wrong" as well...)
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SteelFanged Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I wasn't trying to go for a stern appearance. I had wanted more of an "awkwardness", like she wasn't sure of herself. I think it mostly stems from the eyes though. Also, they're placed a but too high on her head.
...I probably shouldn't tell you then, that this is considered the shortened version of her torso. The original stick figure sketch was longer still. I worked hard on trying to shorten it, without making it look awkward.
Her arms were going to be a problem from the very beginning. Mainly because I'm not very good at these kind of poses to begin with. Won't stop me from doing them, after all, I can't improve if I avoid them, but these things take time.
But Joey said my knobbly trees look weird and unnatural. ...Although he's also said the same thing about every tree I've ever drawn in the past, but still.
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3Fangs Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Ah, well, stern and awkward both rely on eyebrows to some degree. I think hers are a little too low for me to have seen "awkward" in her expression. (They seem drawn inward like she's about to scowl.) Perhaps they should be quirked up a bit? In a more vulnerable, worried manner? *fails at describing example*

Hmm, if that's the case with the torso, I suppose I should actually be congratulating you on trying to shorten it a bit! :lol:

And that's the ticket, old chap! Never avoid a pose because it's difficult! Throw yourself at them until they've been utterly conquered!

Pfft, you gotta stop caring so much what Joey says--he doesn't even draw.
You're working on expanding your OWN artistic eye. Don't rely too heavily on someone else's point of view.

So take whatever I say with a grain of salt as well, young grasshopper. My own artistic eye is different from yours yet. And the trick is not to see as everyone else, but to enhance your OWN understanding and vision. Knowing what YOU want to improve is key. Seeing something in your art that you find unsatisfactory and then changing it. (Not because someone tells you THEY see it as unsatisfactory, but because YOU do.)
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SteelFanged Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Believe it or not, I actually understood why you were trying to say there. Now I just how to try and put it into practice.
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